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Curriculum-Cytotechnology

Cytotechnology Program Curriculum

Junior year didactic schedule

Microscope rental fees and usage-and-replacement fees are required throughout the program

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

CLSC 341  (11) Gynecologic Cytology  

CLSC 351  (8)    Respiratory Cytology  

CLSC 357  (2)                 GI Tract Cytology 

CLSM 331(5) Biochemistry 

CLSC 353  (3)        Urinary Tract & Prostate Cytology 

CLSC 364  (5)             Body Fluid Cytology 

AHCJ 328  (1)    Wholeness Portfolio  

AHCJ 402  (4)      Pathology I 

CLSC 381   (4)  FNA Cytology

RELT 423  (2)           Loma Linda Perspectives 

RELE 457  (2)          Health Care Ethics

 AHCJ 403   (4)   Pathology II 

Course descriptions – Junior year

CLSC 341 Gynecologic Cytology (11)                                                                                               
Study of the anatomy, histology and cytology of the female genital tract including cytohormonal changes, non-neoplastic abnormalities, premalignant and malignant lesions and rare extra uterine malignancies. Students interpret clinical history, explain significance of data, render diagnoses and offer recommendations for further testing. Lecture and laboratory.

CLSC 351 Respiratory Cytology (8)                                                                                                   
Study of the anatomy, histology and cytology of the respiratory tract including fine needle aspiration of the lung. Students interpret clinical history, explain significance of data, render diagnoses and offer recommendations for further testing. Lecture and laboratory.

CLSC 353 Urinary Tract Cytology (3)                                                                                                 
Study of the anatomy, histology and cytology of the urinary tract including the bladder, ureters, renal pelvis, kidney and prostate. Students interpret clinical history, explain significance of data, render diagnoses and offer recommendations for further testing. Lecture and laboratory.

CLSC 357 Gastrointestinal Tract Cytology (2)                                                                                   
Study of the anatomy, histology and cytology of the gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine and colon. Students interpret clinical history, explain significance of data, render diagnoses and offer recommendations for further testing. Lecture and laboratory.

CLSC 361 Body Cavity Fluid Cytology (5)                                                                                        
Study of the anatomy, histology and cytology of fluids from serosal cavities including CSF. Students interpret clinical history, explain significance of data, render diagnoses and offer recommendations for further testing. Lecture and laboratory.

 

CLSC 381 Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology  I (4)                                                                             
Study of the non-malignant and malignant cells aspirated from thyroid, salivary gland, breast, liver pancreas, lymph node, soft tissue masses and other miscellaneous organs. Includes fine needle aspiration techniques, touch prep of cores preparation and rapid on site adequacy assessment. Students interpret clinical history, explain significance of data, render adequacy assessment and/or diagnoses and offer recommendations for further testing. Lecture and laboratory.

 

CLSM 331 Biochemistry (5)
Chemical structure and metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, and nucleic acids. Protein synthesis, functions, and analysis. Enzymes and their structure, function, kinetics, and regulation. Lecture and laboratory.

AHCJ 328 Wholeness Portfolio (1)
Introduces SAHP goals for graduates.  Students demonstrate progression toward wholeness, compassion, support of diversity, appreciation of human worth, and commitment to lifelong personal and professional growth.

AHCJ 402 Pathology I (4)                                                                                                
Fundamental mechanisms of disease, including cell injury; inflammation, repair, regeneration, and fibrosis; and vascular, cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and integumentary pathologies.

AHCJ 403 Pathology II (4)                                                                                         
Fundamental mechanisms of disease, including the central and peripheral nervous systems, bone and joint, skeletal muscle, developmental, genetic, infectious, and parasitic pathologies; and neoplasia. Fourth unit requires two autopsy viewings and written report.

RELT 423 Loma Linda Perspectives (2)                                                                                 
History and philosophy of Loma Linda University as a Christian health-sciences institution that fosters human wholeness.

RELE 257 Health Care Ethics (2)                                                                                  
Introduces practical ethics for health-care professionals. Draws on the Bible and other religious and philosophical writings.

Senior year didactic schedule

Summer Quarter

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

CLSC 382 (6)              FNA Cytology II

CLSC 411 (4) Histopathology I

CLSC 302  (2)                 Intro to Radiographic Procedures II

CLSC 472 (2)      Advanced Cytology Practices II

CLSM 435 (3)     Immunoassay & Molecular Diagnostic Techniques                 

CLSC 424  (3)     Hematology

CLSC 412 (4)    Histopathology II

CLSC 494 (11)       Clinical Practicum

CLSC 481 (2)     Supervised Cytology Research Project I

CLSC 482 (2)    Supervised Cytology Research Project II

CLSC 432  (3)        Current Research Techniques

 

 

CLSM 451 (2)        Clinical Lab Management I

CLSC 471 (2)     Advanced Cytology Practices I

 

 

AHJC 498 (1)                   Wholeness Portfolio II

CLSM 452 (2)        Clinical Lab Management II

 

 

RELR 415 (2)        Christian Theology in Popular Culture

RELT 416 (2)               God and Human Suffering

 

 

CLSC 301 (2)              Intro to Radiographic Procedures I

 

 

Course descriptions – Senior year

CLSC 301 Introduction to Radiographic Procedures I (3)                                          
Introduces the nature and description of radiographic procedures for the non-radiographic technologist with an emphasis on radiographic procedures used in collection of cytologic specimens. Applies principles, medical techniques and instrumentation to a radiographic setting. Includes observation laboratory.

CLSC 302 Introduction to Radiographic Procedures II (3)                                        
Introduces the nature and description of radiographic procedures for the non-radiologic technologist with an emphasis on radiographic procedures used in collection of cytologic specimens. Applies principles, medical techniques and instrumentation to a radiographic setting. Includes observation laboratory.

CLSC 371 Cytopreparation Techniques (3)                                                                                
Collection techniques, fixation and staining procedures, preparation of monolayers, smears and cell blocks from various cytologic specimens.  Includes basic laboratory skills such as universal precautions, reagent preparation, centrifugation, pipetting and micropipetting. Introduces basic laboratory operations including quality control, quality assurance, work load limitations, laboratory safety and emergency preparedness. Lecture and laboratory

CLSC 373 Histology Techniques (1)                                                                                              
Technical preparation of tissue specimens for microscopic evaluation with emphasis on special stains and immunohistochemistry. Lecture and observation laboratory.

CLSC 383 Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology II (6)                                                              
Study of the non-malignant and malignant cells aspirated from thyroid, salivary gland, breast, liver pancreas, lymph node, soft tissue masses and other miscellaneous organs. Includes fine needle aspiration techniques, touch prep of cores preparation and rapid on site adequacy assessment. Students interpret clinical history, explain significance of data, render adequacy assessment and/or diagnoses and offer recommendations for further testing. Lecture and laboratory.

CLSC 411    Histopathology I (4)                                                                                         
Didactic and microscopic study of basic normal tissue types of major organs and systems of the human body with emphasis on function and clinical relevance of histologic structures.

CLCS 412  Histopathology II (4)                                                                                        
Didactic and microscopic study of basic pathology of major organs and systems of the human body with emphasis on relevance to field of cytotechnology.

CLSC 424 Hematology (3)                                                                                                    
Theory and background of routine and special laboratory procedures used in diagnosis and treatment of hematologic and other diseases. Evaluates and compares methodologies. Emphasizes bone marrow, body fluid, and peripheral blood-cell morphology: hematopoiesis, maturation, kinetics. Atypical and abnormal cellular morphology, including leukemias, lymphomas, and anemias.

CLSC 432 Current Research Techniques (3)                                                                
Introduces current research techniques and skills development. Techniques in immunocytochemistry, image and flow cytometry, and molecular pathology.

CLSC 471 Advanced Cytology Practices I (2)                                                                  
Students gain further practical experience by working with routine cytology specimens. Includes cytopreparation, microscopic evaluation of gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens with an emphasis on fine needle aspiration specimens, maintenance of regulatory statistics and error identification.

CLSC 472 Advanced Cytology Practices II (2)                                                                
Expands clinical experience with advanced theory and techniques including image assisted screening, LIS operation, mock proficiency testing and telepathology

CLSC 481 Supervised Cytology Research Project I (2)                                                    
Research project under the supervision of the program director. Oral presentation and paper.

CLSC 482 Supervised Cytology Research Project II (2)                                                
Research project under the supervision of the program director. Oral presentation and paper.

CLSC 494 Cytology Practicum (11)                                                                                     
Eleven weeks of clinical cytology internships in a variety of cytopathology laboratories. Students rotate through all phases of diagnostic service work and laboratory functions (pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical). Independent microscopic evaluation of gynecologic, non-gynecologic and fine needle aspiration specimens.

CLSM 435 Immunoassay and Molecular Diagnostic Techniques                                 
Reviews common immunoassay and molecular diagnostic assay methodologies utilized in the clinical laboratory. Discusses immunoassay technologies, including: EIA, ELISA, EMIT, FPIA, and chemiluminescence. Discusses molecular diagnostic techniques, including: nucleic acid extraction and purification, gel electrophoresis, nucleic acid hybridization and blots, DNA sequencing, and amplification technologies. Compares and contrasts several signal and target amplification technologies, including real-time technologies. Discusses and applies the clinical uses of the foregoing methods to clinical laboratory science. Addresses laboratory design and safety issues.

CLSM 451 Clinical Laboratory Management I (2)                                                      
Introduces management theory, including: management styles, professional communications, business ethics, group theory, team building, process management, process control, and personnel.

CLSM 452 Clinical Laboratory Management II (2)                                                       
Financial management, with emphasis on concepts, tools, and strategies underlying financial decision making. Topics include health-care reimbursement systems, coding, billing, development of operating budgets, and financial reports. Concepts of financial negotiations, inventory management, and financial planning. Integrates and applies analytical techniques used in the service industries.

RELR 415 Christian Theology and Popular Culture (2)                                               
Examines concepts and practices in popular culture from a Christian perspective.

RELT 416 God and Human Suffering (2)                                                                        
Suffering and evil in relation to the creative and redemptive purposes of God for this world.

AHCJ 498 Wholeness Portfolio II (1)                                                                                  
Students continue developing a portfolio that illustrates the potential graduate's ability to meet the student learning outcomes set by Loma Linda University--including wholeness, Christ-centered values, commitment to discovery and lifelong learning, effective communication, embracing and serving a diverse world, and collaboration.