Medical Laboratory Science: Second Degree and Certificate Curriculum | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Course Curriculum

Fall Semester
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPML 4147- Clinical Immunology 1 hour
HPML 4341- Foundations of Hemostasis 3 hours
HPML 4343- Foundations of Clinical Chemistry 3 hours
HPML 4345- Foundations of Clinical Microbiology 3 hours
HPML 4450- Clinical Laboratory Practice I 4 hours
Total Hours 14 hours
Spring Semster
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPML 4242- Advanced Hematology 2 hours
HPML 4144- Analysis of Body Fluids 1 hour
HPML 4145- Principles of Molecular Diagnostics 1 hour
HPML 4146- Advanced Microbiology 1 hour
HPML 4348- Foundations of Immunohematology 3 hours
HPML 4451- Clinical Laboratory Practice II 4 hours
Total Hours 12 hours
Summer Semester
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPML 4752- Preceptorship 7 hours
HPML 4149- Principles of Laboratory Management 1 hour
HPML 4153- Seminar 1 hour
Total Hours 9 hours
Combined Total Hours
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A student must have the permission of the program director to be concurrently enrolled in another university while a student at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Technical Standards for this program include:

  1. Mobility:

    • The student must have adequate gross mobility in order to maneuver in a timely and safe fashion throughout the department.
    • The student must be able to lift his or her arms above shoulder height in order to place or remove items of ten pound or less from shelves.
    • The student must be able to bend over at the waist or squat (waist and knees) in order to place and remove items of ten pounds or less from drawers and cabinets.
  2. Manual Dexterity:

    The student must have adequate fine motor skills to be able to manipulate small objects in a safe and precise manner. Examples would include (but are not limited to) being able to operate a computer keyboard; dial a telephone; handle cuvettes, sample cups, pipette tips, and reagent vials; pick up glass slides from table top, manipulate tools and instruments used in the clinical laboratory (including a microscope); collect specimens, and use a pen or pencil in order to communicate effectively in writing for coursework and clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship to ensure patient/client safety.

  3. Auditory Acuity:

    The student must be able to hear well enough to respond to significant sounds in a clinical lab. Examples would include (but are not limited to) being able to hear signals generated from instrumentation that may indicate normal operating status, critical sample value, or equipment malfunction, and being able to hear and follow verbal instruction from a coworker or supervisor in order to ensure patient safety. (National Patient Safety Goals NPSG)

  4. Verbal Communication Skills:

    The student must be able to orally communicate professionally to persons on the telephone or other health care workers listening specifically to the student in person to ensure patient safety. (National Patient Safety Goals NPSG)

  5. Visual Acuity to read, write, discern colors, and use a microscope:

    The student must have adequate eyesight such that he/she can recognize and distinguish gradients of color (such as on a urine reagent strip and special stains), read numbers and words either on a video display screen, computer printout, or legible handwriting, and interpret lines and points on graphs and charts to ensure patient safety.

  6. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quality Skills:

    The student must possess the ability to develop and exhibit organizational problem solving skills. Specifically, the student must have the ability to measure, calculate, analyze, interpret, synthesize and evaluate data in a short period of time; have the ability to learn to perform duties and assignments in a timely manner while under stress in a variety of settings; exhibit the maturity to accept feedback and demonstrate professional conduct in the classroom, laboratory, and at the preceptorship site.

  7. Social Behavior Skills:

    Demonstrate respect for individual, social, and cultural differences in fellow students, faculty, staff, patients, clients, and patients'/clients' families during clinical/fieldwork/ preceptorship/ and academic interactions. Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in academic and clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship situations. Conduct oneself in an ethical and legal manner, demonstrating honesty, integrity, and professionalism in all interactions and situations.

The Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5700 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 (773) 714-8880