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Medical Laboratory Sciences (MHS)

Medical laboratory research and diagnostic testing are among today's most exciting professions.

The last decade has brought many exciting breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as new challenges such as AIDS, Lyme disease and the resurgence of tuberculosis. These new developments and challenges require laboratory professionals to stay on the cutting edge of their field. New techniques have to be mastered, new theories and concepts understood, and new means of managing the more complex operations of laboratories developed.

Quinnipiac's master of health science (MHS) program in medical laboratory sciences/biomedical sciences provides students with the cutting-edge skills they need to manage the more complex operations carried out today in hospitals and research facilities. Our mission is to prepare students to function effectively in the greatly expanding field of biomedical research and diagnostic testing.

Students are guided in the principles and methods of scientific research, and they gain knowledge of the latest advances in biomedical, biotechnological and laboratory sciences--all directly applicable to real-world work environments.

The two specialties included in the program (biomedical sciences and microbiology) and the integration of courses from these individual specialties provides the student with a comprehensive knowledge to meet the education and technical needs of the laboratory professional in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical research as well as diagnostic settings. Students who successfully complete their studies have the option of employment by research/development industry, diagnostic companies or continuing their education toward a degree in PhD programs.

For more information contact:
Graduate Health Sciences Admissions
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 1-800-462-1944
E-mail: graduate@quinnipiac.edu

Admissions Requirements

Anyone who holds a baccalaureate degree in the biological, medical or health sciences is eligible to apply for admission if appropriate science courses are satisfied. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a different field must possess, at a minimum:

  • Two semesters of basic biology (or equivalent)
  • Two semesters of general chemistry
  • 20 additional credits of biology (one semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry or equivalent is recommended)


Applications are accepted throughout the year. Below is a list of what needs to be submitted when applying.

  • Application
  • $45 application fee
  • Resume
  • A detailed autobiography of personal, professional and educational achievements
  • Two letters of reference
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Copies of any relevant professional licenses or certificates (optional)
  • All applicants must possess a minimum undergraduate cumulative and science GPA of 2.75.

For additional information about the program or to arrange a campus tour or interview, call the Graduate Admissions Office at 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944.

Write to Quinnipiac University Graduate Admissions at 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518-1940. Send e-mail to graduate@quinnipiac.edu.

Curriculum + Requirements

Students may choose either a thesis or a non-thesis option in the medical laboratory sciences program. Both options require students to take four courses in their specialization while allowing students to choose a number of electives to meet their individual needs.

The curriculum of the medical laboratory sciences program is designed to allow students to achieve the following objectives:
1. Obtain up-to-date knowledge of foundations and recent advances in the biomedical, biotechnological and clinical sciences.
2. Develop the ability to apply basic knowledge of medicine, chemistry and biology to advanced laboratory specialties.
3. Demonstrate competency in research theory and methodology in order to solve laboratory problems as economically and expeditiously as possible.

The curriculum is constructed to allow students either to work with a particular specialty or to move among related medical laboratory sciences. In view of the fact that the medical laboratory sciences represent the application and extension of the concepts and techniques of physics, chemistry and the biological sciences, it is deemed both necessary and desirable that the state of the art of these basic sciences be surveyed.

A. Thesis Option Requirements (based on availability of faculty)
The curriculum includes a minimum of 35 credits including eight credits of thesis (BMS 650, 651). A minimum of four courses in an area of specialization is required. Elective courses could be chosen from any area of specialization.

Course

Credits

BMS 650, 651 Thesis

8

Minimum of four courses in area of specialization

12-16*

Electives or specialization courses

11-15*

Total: Minimum of 35 credits


B. Non-Thesis Option Requirements
The curriculum includes a minimum of 38 credits including 2 credits of comprehensive examination (BMS 670 series exam courses). A minimum of four courses is required in an area of specialization. Elective courses may be chosen from any area of specialization.

Course

Credits

Comprehensive Exam

2

Minimum of four courses in area of specialization

12-16*

Electives or specialization courses

20-24*

Total: Minimum of 38 credits



*Since most courses are either three or four credits, the total credits from area of specialization and total number of elective courses are based on the number of credits for individual courses.

Comprehensive Examination
The comprehensive examination in medical laboratory sciences (2 credits) is a requirement for the non-thesis option in the medical laboratory science program. The purpose of the exam is two-fold. First, the student must demonstrate broad and specific knowledge expected of someone holding a master’s degree. Second, the student must be able to integrate knowledge obtained from individual courses into unified concepts which link the student’s own specialization to other fields of study. The student is given two opportunities to demonstrate competency. A written essay exam is administered by a designated faculty member. Students should schedule an appointment with the program director before registering for the comprehensive exam.

Biomedical Sciences (Specialization Courses)
BIO 515 Advanced Biochemistry (4 credits)
BIO 560 Protein Biochemistry and Enzymology (3 credits)
BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology (4 credits)
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics (4 credits)
BIO 580 Animal Cell Culture (4 credits)
BIO 589 Neurophysiology (3 credits)
BIO 605 Molecular and Cell Laboratories I (4 credits)
BIO 606 Molecular and Cell Laboratories II (4 credits)
BMS 518 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
BMS 521 Advances in Hematology (3 credits)
BMS 522 Immunology (3 credits)
BMS 527 Pharmacology (3 credits)
BMS 532 Histology (4 credits)
BMS 535 Histology and Histochemistry (3 credits)
BMS 536 Endocrinology (3 credits)
BMS 552 Toxicology (3 credits)
BMS 560 Hematology (3 credits)
BMS 561 Immunohematology (3 credits)
BMS 562 Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis (3 credits)
BMS 563 Anemia (3 credits)
BMS 564 Fundamentals of Oncology (4 credits)
BMS 565 Leukemia (3 credits)
BMS 576 Drug Discovery and Development (3 credits)
BMS 578 Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Diseases (3 credits)
BMS 579 Molecular Pathology (3 credits)
BMS 581 Receptors and Regulatory Mechanisms (3 credits)
BMS 583 Forensic Pathology (3 credits)
BMS 591 The New Genetics and Human Future (3 credits)
BMS 595 Transplantation Immunology (3 credits)
BMS 598 Synaptic Organization of the Brain (3 credits)
BMS 599 Biomarkers (3 credits)
PA 515 Human Physiology (4 credits)

Microbiology
BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology (4 credits)
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics (4 credits)
BIO 580 Animal Cell Culture (4 credits)
BIO 605 Molecular and Cell Laboratories I (4 credits)
BIO 606 Molecular and Cell Laboratories II (4 credits)
BMS 522 Immunology (3 credits)
BMS 528 Advanced Clinical Parasitology (4 credits)
BMS 529 Medical Entomology (4 credits)
BMS 530 Advanced Clinical Protozoology (4 credits)
BMS 531 Advanced Clinical Helminthology (4 credits)
BMS 533 Air, Water and Soil Microbiology (4 credits)
BMS 534 Industrial Microbiology/Biotechnology (4 credits)
BMS 542 Advanced Microbiology (4 credits)
BMS 569 Antimicrobial Therapy (3 credits)
BMS 570 Virology(3 credits)
BMS 572 Pathogenic Microbiology (4 credits)
BMS 573 Mycology (4 credits)
BMS 574 Microbial Physiology (4 credits)
BMS 575 Food Microbiology (4 credits)
BMS 576 Drug Discovery and Development (3 credits)
BMS 579 Molecular Pathology (3 credits)
BMS 584 Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (3 credits)
BMS 585 Outbreak Control (3 credits)
BMS 596 Immunology of Infectious Diseases (3 credits)

Medical Laboratory Sciences Electives
BIO 500 Writing and Science (3 credits)
BIO 515 Advanced Biochemistry (4 credits)
BIO 560 Protein Biochemistry and Enzymology (3 credits)
BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology (4 credits)
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics (4 credits)
BIO 580 Animal Cell Culture (4 credits)
BIO 589 Neurophysiology (3 credits)
BIO 605 Molecular and Cell Laboratories I (4 credits)
BIO 606 Molecular and Cell Laboratories II (4 credits)
BMS 510 Biostatistics (3 credits)
BMS 511 Writing for Scientists (3 credits)
BMS 517 Human Embryology (3 credits)
BMS 518 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
BMS 521 Advances in Hematology (3 credits)
BMS 522 Immunology (3 credits)
BMS 526 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
BMS 527 Pharmacology (3 credits)
BMS 528 Advanced Clinical Parasitology (4 credits)
BMS 529 Medical Entomology (4 credits)
BMS 530 Advanced Clinical Protozoology (4 credits)
BMS 531 Advanced Clinical Helminthology (4 credits)
BMS 532 Histology (4 credits)
BMS 533 Air, Water and Soil Microbiology (4 credits)
BMS 534 Industrial Microbiology/Biotechnology (4 credits)
BMS 535 Histochemistry (3 credits)
BMS 536 Endocrinology (3 credits)
BMS 542 Advanced Microbiology (4 credits)
BMS 552 Toxicology (3 credits)
BMS 560 Hematology (3 credits)
BMS 561 Immunohematology (3 credits)
BMS 562 Blood Coagulation & Hemostasis (3 credits)
BMS 563 Anemias (3 credits)
BMS 564 Fundamentals of Oncology (3 credits)
BMS 565 Leukemia (3 credits)
BMS 569 Antimicrobial Therapy (3 credits)
BMS 570 Virology (4 credits)
BMS 572 Pathogenic Microbiology (4 credits)
BMS 573 Mycology (4 credits)
BMS 574 Microbial Physiology (4 credits)
BMS 575 Food Microbiology (4 credits)
BMS 576 Drug Discovery and Development (3 credits)
BMS 578 Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders (3 credits)
BMS 579 Molecular Pathology (3 credits)
BMS 581 Receptors and Regulatory Mechanisms (3 credits)
BMS 583 Forensic Pathology (3 credits)
BMS 584 Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (3 credits)
BMS 585 Outbreak Control (3 credits)
BMS 591 The New Genetics and Human Future (3 credits)
BMS 595 Transplantation Immunology (3 credits)
BMS 596 Immunology of Infectious Diseases (3 credits)
BMS 598 Synaptic Organization of the Brain (3 credits)
BMS 688 Independent Study (2 credits)
BMS 689 Independent Study (2 credits)
PA 515 Human Physiology (4 credits)
PA 535 Disease Mechanisms (4 credits)