Knowledge and understanding of medical terminology and jargon is a necessary part of good communication skills. Self instructional textbook assignments, written exams and day to day exposure during lab activities enable the student to develop these skills.
Hazards and Safety:
Lectures, audio/visual materials and reading assignments cover basic knowledge of various chemical and biological hazards, proper methods of handling and disposing of them, body fluid precautions and laboratory safety. The correct use of appropriate safety equipment and techniques are stressed during daily laboratory assignments.
Methods and Math:
Introduction to the basic principles of medical technology laboratory techniques including quality control, laboratory statistics, balances, pipetting, basic microscopy, glassware, and FVPM.
Lectures, group discussion and self-study material cover the basic principles of management and supervision. In order to demonstrate the practical application of basic principles as they apply to laboratory management, the student is required to complete several projects.
Education of Laboratory Personnel:
Lectures and reading assignments cover the preparation of objectives, evaluation methods and some theory of adult education. Projects include teaching a bench skill, preparation and presentation of lecture material and preparation of examination items.
Ethics and principles of clinical research are covered. A laboratory experience with research personnel is given. The module culminates with a written research project designed by the student.
The last two weeks of the program are used to review the year’s work and to take the program’s comprehensive examination. The exam is graded, and the student must pass all sections in order to complete the program successfully.