MDS Curriculum

Curriculum Sequence: 

Semester

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

Format

Year 1

 

Fall

CLSC 610L*

Clinical Laboratory Methods

3

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

 

Fall

CLSC 710

Principles of Molecular Diagnostics

3

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

 

Fall

BIOS 600

Biostatistics 600

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

Spring

CLSC720

Applications of Molecular Diagnostics

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

Spring

CLSC 720L

Molecular Diagnostic Techniques Laboratory

3

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

 

Spring

CLSC 735

Method Evaluation

3

Course is entirely on-line.

Year 2

 

Fall

CLSC 730

Research Methods

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

Fall

CLSC 740L

Molecular Diagnostic Science Clinical Rotation

7

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


Fall

CLSC 770

Educational methods and applications

3

On-line instruction for entire semester. Presentations in clinical site during the semester.

 

Spring

CLSC 650*

Clinical Laboratory Administration.

3

Course is entirely on-line.

 

Spring

CLSC 780

Capstone Seminar

3

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

Total

37

*Students who are certified as CLS(NCA), MT(ASCP), or MLS(ASCP)CM are not required to take CLSC 610L or CLSC 650.

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.