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A foundation for further study

Medical diagnostics is a clinical-oriented science program that incorporates the basic science courses required for admission to medical school with medical-related courses that impact on the diagnosis and therapy of disease. This major prepares students who plan to pursue postgraduate study in health-related areas immediately upon graduation, including careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, and physician assistant.

Students with the goal of attending Medical School should visit UD's Pre-Med website for advising and admission information. There are two distinct pathways by which students can gain admission to a professional school. One is open to all majors and requires a basic knowledge of science and mathematics. Students taking this option are evaluated by the Health Science Advisement and Evaluation Committee (HSAEC), which writes a University of Delaware recommendation to medical institutions of the student's choice.

Freshmen enter as medical laboratory and diagnostics interest majors. In order to enter the medical diagnostics major at the end of the sophomore year certain criteria are required: a minimum 3.00 GPA for the first four semesters, including successful completion of prerequisite courses in chemistry, biological sciences, physics and/or anatomy and physiology, and completion of at least 60 credit hours, including the prerequisite courses. Admission to the junior/senior major is determined by academic achievement.

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Immunohematology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology

 

What’s special about this program?

The medical diagnostics curriculum provides a foundation for further study in so many healthcare-related professions. Students learn the pathophysiology of diseases in five major areas of study: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology, Immunology, and Medical Microbiology. Students study detailed information about laboratory analysis and how laboratory data correlates to human disease. Medical diagnostics students take most of the Medical Laboratory Science lecture courses but do not take the accompanying laboratory courses. This schedule allows students to take courses from other scientific disciplines to prepare for entry into post-baccalaureate studies. Graduates in medical diagnostics earn a Bachelor of Science degree and also may qualify for a minor in biological sciences if they meet certain criteria.

Sample curriculum

FALL   SPRING  
       

BISC207

 

Introductory Biology I with Lab BISC208 Introductory Biology II with Lab
CHEM103 or 107

 

General Chemistry I with Lab

 

CHEM104 OR 108 General Chemistry II with Lab

MATH221/241

 

  MMSC200 Language of Medicine

UNIV101

 

First Year Experience

 

ENG110 Seminar in Composition

 

 

Breadth Requirement MMSC100 Intro to Medical Library Science
FALL   SPRING  
       
BISC300

Introduction to Microbiology

 

CHEM322/326  Organic Chemistry II with Lab
CHEM321/325

Organic Chemistry I with Lab

 

BISC276 Human Physiology AND
PHYS201

Introductory Physics I OR 

 

PHYS202 Introductory Physics II OR
KAAP309 Human Anatomy & Physiology I KAAP310 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

 

 

 

Breadth Requirements

 

 

Breadth Requirements

FALL   SPRING  
       
MMSC490

 Clin. & Molecular Cell Bio OR

 

MMSC491   Human Molecular Genetics OR

 

BISC403

 

Genetic & Evolutionary Biology  

 

 

BISC401

 

Molecular Biology of the Cell

CHEM214

 Elementary Biochemistry

 

MMSC407  Clinical Physiological Chemistry I

 

MMSC360

 

Clinical Immunology & Medical       Virology

 

 

MMSC423

 

Hematology I

MMSC400

 Body Fluid Analysis

 

MMSC428  Medical Microbiology
STAT200

 Basic Statistical Practice OR

 

MMSC409  Immunohematology I
STAT408

 Statistical Research Methods I

   Breadth requirement
 

 

 Second Writing Requirement

 

   
  *Must take BISC 401 and 403 OR  MMSC490 and 491
FALL   SPRING  
MMSC436

 Clinical Physiological Chemistry II

 

English  (at 200+ level)
MMSC433

 Hematology II

 

MMSC 462  Interdisciplinary Healthcare Perspective
MMSC420

 Immunohematology II

 

 

 

Breadth Requirements

MMSC438

 Diagnostic Bacteriology & Medical   Mycology

 

   
   Breadth Requirements    

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