Clinical Laboratory Sciences Syllabi


Syllabus for CLLS 5227
Clinical Laboratory Methods
Instructor:Eddie Salazar, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)cm
Contact Information:Office: SHP 4.450
Phone: (409) 772-3044
Course Objectives:The purpose of this class is to give allied health students an overview of commonly utilized laboratory tests. It is designed to introduce PA students to basic laboratory techniques, the proper utilization of the laboratory in the clinical setting and the rationale for ordering selected procedures. We will cover topics that are identified as level 1 or waive status by CLIA ‘88. These tests are the most likely to be the ones utilized in physician office laboratories.
Course Process:Method of instruction will include lecture, laboratory, small group, demonstrations and Kodachrome slide presentations. Students will be expected to attend class, take notes, and participate in class discussions and laboratory activities. Due to the structure of the course, laboratory make ups will not be possible. If a student misses a class, it is their responsibility to get handouts and notes from a fellow classmate. Makeup tests will be given only if prior approval has been acquired from the instructor.

Learning ActivitiesGrading
Lecture Exams50%
Laboratory Practical Exams20%
Class Attendance and Participation10%
Laboratory / Small Group Activities20%
Attendance:Attendance is expected in both lecture and laboratory sessions. In the event of an unavoidable absence, the student must notify the instructor. Students not attending will have points deducted from their attendance and participation grade. In addition, laboratory and small group activities will be completed in class. There will be no makeup for these projects without prior approval in the instructor. It is expected that assignments will be turned in at the beginning of the class period on the due date. Late assignments will have points deducted from them.
Laboratory Policies:Students must wear laboratory coats and gloves during laboratory sessions. Shorts and open toed shoes are not allowed. No food or drink will be allowed in the laboratory. All materials must be disposed on properly and tables disinfected before leaving the laboratory. All reusable supplies must be placed on the carts and papers turned in before leaving the laboratory.
Required Course Materials:D. Robert Dufour. Clinical Use of Laboratory Data: A Practical Guide. 1998. Publisher: Williams and Wilkins. ISBN 0683-18017-7.


General Policies of the School of Health Professions

Academic Progress:Information regarding the Student's academic progress in this course will be shared with their Academic Advisor and/or Department Chair. Student's making unsatisfactory progress will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for assistance.
Academic Integrity:Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, and any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such an act. Procedures to be followed in the event of alleged academic dishonesty are described in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, and the SAHS Student Handbook. Alleged academic dishonesty issues should be reported to the Student Affairs Officer.
Professional Behavior:As a part of a professional program, you are expected to conduct yourselves in a manner consistent with the level of trust and responsibility that will be placed on you when you are part of a health care team. You are expected to be honest in your dealings with your instructor and your peers. You are also expected to be able to follow instructions, to act with the utmost integrity, to follow safety protocols while in laboratory, to perform laboratory work with care, and to act in accordance with those standards characteristic of those we call "professionals."
Behavior during examinations, written and practical, will be monitored. Inappropriate behavior may result in pursuance of disciplinary action.
University Statement on Equality, Tolerance, and Affirmative Action:Please indicate by the end of the second week of the semester if you will need accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Public Law 101-336). If the need for ADA accommodations should arise during the semester you will need to make your request within one week of returning to classes. You may contact your Instructor or the Office of Student Affairs.
Course Evaluation:Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the instructor and course near the end of the course/semester. When submitting course evaluations students must follow the guidelines provided by the course instructor or the department.
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