Lectures cover a review of characteristics of antigens, antibodies and their reactions, and the principles of laboratory tests involving antigen-antibody reactions. Discussions of the function and dysfunction of the immune mechanism and the laboratory tests used to measure its integrity are included. Laboratory work enables the student to perform some of the various types of tests available and includes exposure to research techniques.
Lectures offer a survey of infectious diseases for which serological testing is of diagnostic importance. Laboratory work emphasizes fundamental technique in the performance of some of the most commonly used test procedures.
Lectures and laboratory work cover the common blood group systems, serologic procedures performed prior to blood transfusion, transfusion reactions and their investigation, collection and storage of blood and its components, and disease conditions for which blood or its components are utilized as treatment.