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 and microtechniques.


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.

Molecular Biology

Principles of the diagnostic procedures to detect and evaluate specific DNA or RNA sequences in human, bacterial or viral genomes.

Flow Cytometry

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 is emphasized.

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.

Computer Applications

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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