School of Medical Technology
The curriculum for the 30-credit internship program at the School of Medical Technology
at Danbury Hospital includes:
The study of the collection and handling of blood specimens including venipuncture
Basic principles of biomedical waste management, tuberculosis education, blood-borne
pathogens, chemical safety, fire safety, emergency preparedness, equipment management,
electrical safety and life safety
Clinical Microscopy (1 credit)
Principles of the diagnostic procedures for spinal fluid, feces, pleural/peritoneal/synovial
fluid, and all other body fluids.
Hematology (5 credits)
Theory and practice in the detection and evaluation of disease changes in cellular
and formed constituents of blood. Theory and practice in the blood coagulation mechanism.
Blood Bank/Immunohematology (3 credits)
Study of the human blood groups, compatibility testing, component therapy and their
relation to transfusion. Emphasis on problem solving.
Immunology/Serology/Molecular Biology/Flow Cytometry (3 credits)
Study of the immune response in health and disease and the use of current techniques
for the determination of antigen-antibody reaction.
Principles of the diagnostic procedures to detect and evaluate specific DNA or RNA
sequences in human, bacterial or viral genomes.
Principles and applications of cell analysis using a flow cytometer.
Clinical Chemistry/Toxicology (8 credits)
The analysis of electrolytes, minerals, metabolites, carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes,
lipids, hormones, therapeutic drugs, abused drugs and other toxins in blood, urine
and body fluids and the clinical significance of test results.
Microbiology/Parasitology/Mycology/Virology/Urinalysis (8 credits)
Includes the isolation and identification and clinically significant bacteria from
all types of clinical specimens. Correlation of laboratory findings to disease states
The study of the medically significant parasites, viruses and fungi including their
identification, isolation techniques, and their role in pathogenic disease.
Basic principles of management, staffing, ordering, identification and resolution
of technical problems related to clinical laboratory methodologies. Workload organization
and tally, communication, evaluations and problem alternatives are discussed.
Basic principles of educational methodologies including domains of behavior, rationale
for using learning objectives and test construction are discussed.
Includes the general use of a laboratory information system in a clinical setting.
Topics include workload tally and quality control. Also, basic data entry, investigation
of previous results, patient encounters and report printing are explained.
Independent Study (2 credits)
Investigation of a special topic in laboratory medicine. Subject is researched (library
and laboratory) and presented in a formal written paper and oral presentation.
Cytogenetic testing including but not limited to specimen preparation, specimen
processing, harvest, slide making and staining, reagent preparation, instrumentation
and quality control. Introduction to fluorescent in situ hybridization testing.
Introduction to histology and histochemical staining techniques.
Basic principles in the microscopic interpretation of cells to detect cancer and
other abnormalities. This includes the examination of samples collected from the
uterine cervix Pap test), lung, gastrointestinal tract or body cavities.
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