MDS Curriculum

Curriculum Sequence: 

Route 1: 

This is the standard curriculum for the Master’s in Clinical Laboratory Science – Molecular Diagnostic Science program (MDS).  Students complete four semesters of coursework including a clinical rotation that lasts for one semester in the fall of the second year of the program.

 

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Format

Fall 1

CLSC 610L*

Clinical Laboratory Methods

3

Online instruction plus on-campus laboratory courses during last week of semester.

 

CLSC 710

Principles of Molecular Diagnostics

3

Online course. On-campus lectures during last week of semester.

 

BIOS 600

Biostatistics 600

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

CLSC720

Molecular Diagnostic Science  Applications 

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

CLSC 720L

Molecular Diagnostic Science  Applications  Lab

3

Online instruction for entire semester. On-campus laboratory course during last week of semester.

 

CLSC 735

Method Evaluation

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2

CLSC 730

Research Methods

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

CLSC 740L

Molecular Diagnostic Science Clinical Rotation

7

Clinical rotation in full service clinical molecular diagnostic laboratory. Rotations are Mon- Friday, 8 hours/day.

 

CLSC 770

Educational methods and applications

3

Online instruction for entire semester. Presentations in clinical site during the semester.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2

CLSC 650

Clinical Laboratory Administration.

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

CLSC 780

Capstone Seminar

3

Online instruction for entire semester. On-campus presentation during last week of semester.

 

 

 

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*Students who are certified as MT(ASCP), or MLS(ASCP)CM are not required to take CLSC 610L.

Route 2: 

This curriculum option is available to applicants who meet all the eligibility requirements for the MDS program and

  1. Hold current ASCP – BOC (or equivalent) certification at the technologist level or higher (e.g. MLS, CG, SH) AND
  2. Are currently working in a CLIA certified molecular diagnostic laboratory.

The curriculum plan is the same as the curriculum described in Route 1; however the requirement for the clinical rotation in a molecular laboratory may be satisfied by demonstrating competency in a specific set of molecular tests in molecular oncology, molecular genetics, and molecular infectious disease and by completing a Capstone project in the applicant’s current work setting.  The student is responsible for obtaining the documentation of core competencies (see Competency Checklist).  The Capstone project must be completed when the student is enrolled in CLCS 740L (fall semester of the second year). The student’s core competencies may be documented in the first year of the program or during the fall semester of the second year of the program.  All required competencies must all be documented by the end of the fall semester in order to receive credit for CSLC 740L.   An affiliation agreement must be established with the applicant’s institution before the student is enrolled in the MDS program.

To apply for Route 2, the prospective student should

  • Review the Competency Checklist to assess whether or not the specific types of testing (test menu) needed to complete the Competency Checklist are available at the student’s institution 
  • Develop a plan that describes in detail the testing to be performed, the platform or methodology to be used, and how the student will obtain and document competencies on the Competency Checklist.
    The student’s proposed plan to meet the rotation objectives and competency should include the following:
    • Test menus from each molecular laboratory section within the institution to include the test methodology or molecular platform used for each test.
    • A proposed schedule for training for all academic semesters included in the rotation.
  • Meet with the Laboratory Director and the immediate Supervisor and obtain their signed approval of the plan.
  • Submit the plan with the signed approval of the Laboratory Director and the immediate Supervisor to the Division of Clinical Laboratory Science in addition to the application to the MDS program.
  • Provide the Laboratory Director’s contact information so that the Division of CLS can initiate an affiliation agreement.

Route 3: 

This curriculum option is available to applicants who meet all the eligibility requirements for the MDS program and

  1. Hold current ASCP – BOC (or equivalent) certification at the technologist level or higher (e.g. MLS, CG, SH) AND
  2. Are currently working in a CLIA certified laboratory that performs molecular testing, but are currently employed in a different area of the clinical laboratory (e.g. microbiology, chemistry).

This curriculum option requires three years for completion because the students must learn molecular testing in their current work setting.   The student is responsible for arranging the instructional time and obtaining the documentation of core competencies (see Competency Checklist). 

The requirement for the clinical rotation in a molecular laboratory may be satisfied by demonstrating competency in a specific set of molecular tests in molecular oncology, molecular genetics, and molecular infectious disease and by completing a Capstone project.  Students will be required to gain and demonstrate laboratory skills with verification of molecular competencies. The instruction and competency verification can be acquired over three semesters (fall year 2, spring year 2, and fall year 3) while the individual continues to work in the clinical laboratory. The Capstone project must be completed when the student is enrolled in CLCS 743L.  All required competencies must all be documented by the end of the third fall semester in order to receive credit for CSLC 743L.  An affiliation agreement must be established with the applicant’s institution before the student is enrolled in the MDS program.

To apply for Route 3, the prospective student should

  • Review the Competency Checklist to assess whether or not the specific types of testing (test menu) needed to complete the Competency Checklist are available at the student’s institution 
  • Develop a plan that describes in detail the testing to be performed, the platform or methodology to be used, and how the student will obtain and document competencies on the Competency Checklist.
    The student’s proposed plan to meet the rotation objectives and competency should include the following:
    • Test menus from each molecular laboratory section within the institution to include the test methodology or molecular platform used for each test.
    • A proposed schedule for training for all academic semesters included in the rotation.
  • Meet with the Laboratory Director and the immediate Supervisor and obtain their signed approval of the plan.
  • Submit the plan with the signed approval of the Laboratory Director and the immediate Supervisor to the Division of Clinical Laboratory Science in addition to the application to the MDS program.
  • Provide the Laboratory Director’s contact information so that the Division of CLS can initiate an affiliation agreement.

Route 3 Curriculum

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Format

Fall 1

CLSC 610L*

Clinical Laboratory Methods

3

Online instruction plus on-campus laboratory courses during last week of semester.

 

CLSC 710

Principles of Molecular Diagnostics

3

Online course. On-campus lectures during last week of semester.

 

BIOS 600

Biostatistics 600

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

CLSC720

Molecular Diagnostic Science  Applications 

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

CLSC 720L

Molecular Diagnostic Science  Applications  Lab

3

Online instruction for entire semester. On-campus laboratory course during last week of semester.

 

CLSC 735

Method Evaluation

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2

CLSC 730

Research Methods

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

CLSC 741L

Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques I

2

Training and competency assessment in core areas.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2

CLSC 650

Clinical Laboratory Administration.

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

CLSC 742L

Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques II

2

Training and competency assessment in core areas

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 3

CLSC 770

Educational methods and applications

3

Online instruction for entire semester. Presentations in clinical site during the semester.

 

CLSC 743L

Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques III

3

Training and competency assessment in core areas. Students complete the Capstone project

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 3

CLSC 780

Capstone Seminar

3

Online instruction for entire semester. On-campus presentation during last week of semester.

 

 

 

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*Students who are certified as MT(ASCP), or MLS(ASCP)CM are not required to take CLSC 610L.

Course Formats

All on-line courses are instructor-led with readings from textbooks and biomedical journals. On-line content may include taped lectures and PowerPoint© slides. Email, listservs, and chat-rooms allow students to interact regularly with faculty and other students and participate in the virtual classroom. MDS students complete the program as a cohort.

All courses have fixed dates for completing assignments and taking examinations. Classes follow the University's academic calendar and use Sakai.

Two courses, CLSC 610L and CLSC 720L, include hands-on laboratory experiences conducted on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus during a block of time at the end of the semester.

MDS students must complete the clinical rotation (CLSC 740L) at a site affiliated with the program.  The Division of CLS faculty is responsible for assigning students to clinical practice sites.