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The School of Medical Diagnostic and Translational Sciences offers a program in cytotechnology through the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. The program offers a first and second degree option as well as a post-baccalaureate degree option. Cytotechnologists are specially trained medical laboratory professionals who work with pathologists in detecting changes in cell samples from numerous body sites which allows the early diagnosis of cancer. This is done primarily with the use of the microscope to evaluate slide preparation of cell samples for abnormalities in structure, indicating cancer, precancerous lesions, benign tumors, infectious agents and inflammatory processes. They are also trained in specimen preparation, molecular, FISH, flow cytometry techniques, and fine needle aspiration cytology.
Small program with one-on-one instruction; opportunities to be on the cutting edge of cancer diagnosis and research; great starting salaries: range between 60-70K; One of only 21 program in the nation and the only program in Virginia; 100% job placement
Course includes hands-on experience with or discussion of diagnostics instrumentation and assays using nucleic acid and protein extraction, gel electrophoresis, hybridization techniques, standard and real time polymerase chain reaction PCR), reverse transcription, DNA sequencing, autoradiography, flow cytometry, microarrays and proteomics-based methods. Prerequisite: acceptance to the medical laboratory science major, cytotechnology major, or molecular diagnostics certificate program.
This course is an overview of general disease processes and causes in the human. All body systems will be covered including respiratory, gastrointestinal, circulatory, nervous, reproductive, and urinary. Aging, dietary, and stress factors will be discussed in the disease process. Bacteria, fungi, and viruses will be discussed in general and for each body system. Neoplasms will be covered for each body site. This course will be of benefit to anyone interested in diseases of the human body or entering the medical field. (cross listed with MLS 401) Prerequisites: junior standing. Pre- or corequisite: BIOL 250 and BIOL 251 or equivalent.
This course consists of the systematic study of cellular components as well as the grouping/organization of tissues into major 'organ' systems. Microscopic and virtual identification and morphology of cells, tissues, and organ substructures will be emphasized. This course will be of benefit to anyone interested in diseases of the human body or entering the medical field. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.
Students entering the Undergraduate Certificate program in Cytotechnology should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Overall grade point average (GPA): 2.8 or above
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