Particle physics laboratory

Myron E. Rubnitz, MD School of Medical Laboratory Sciences | VA Hines Health Care


A student must have completed at least 90 semester hours (or equivalent) accepted by our affiliated universities and must be approved for application by that university. Alternatively, the student may have a bachelor’s degree and therefore be eligible to apply within seven years. If more than seven years have passed, academic preparation must to be updated. Prerequisites include chemistry (16 semester hours including organic chemistry or biochemistry); biology (16 semester hours including microbiology and immunology); mathematics (1 semester of college-level mathematics); physics and statistics are recommended.


All science courses at Hines have a didactic component and a practical component; this allows the student to learn the theory of the procedures, gain experience in performing these procedures, and make clinical correlations from the laboratory data generated. The student will learn a wide variety of procedures and should become proficient in performing and understanding all commonly performed laboratory procedures.

Clinical Chemistry I (5 hours)

Theory and practice of analytical biochemistry applied to pathological states, methodology and instrumentation. Statistics are applied to reagent preparation, result determination and quality control. Includes clinical significance.

Clinical Chemistry II (3 hours)

Theory and practice of analytical biochemistry applied to specialized tests for drugs, endocrine function and blood gas analysis. The relationship between clinical tests, including molecular biology techniques, and disease states is also included.

Clinical hematology (5 hours)

Study of the origin, development, morphology, physiology and physiopathology of the formed elements of blood and bone marrow. Manual and automated methods of cell counting, differentiation and other special hematological procedures on blood and body fluids used in the diagnosis of diseases.

Clinical hemostasis (2 hours)

Study of the platelet, vascular, coagulation and fibrinolytic systems. Testing procedures and application of the principles of hemostasis related to disease states and therapeutic monitoring are also included.

Clinical immunohematology (4 hours)

Study of red blood cell antigen-antibody systems, antibody screening and identification, compatibility testing and immunopathological conditions. Also included are donor requirements, blood component preparation and hemotherapy.

Clinical immunology (3 hours)

Study of the principles of the protective and adverse aspects of cellular and humoral immune responses, the theory and performance of test procedures based on antigen-antibody reactions, and the clinical significance of test results are included.

Clinical Microbiology I (6 hours)

Theory and practice of the isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria and mycobacteria in clinical specimens through cultures, morphology, biochemical and/or serological reactions and their sensitivity to drugs. The relationship between clinical tests and disease states is also included.

Clinical Microbiology II (1 hour)

Theory and practice of the isolation and identification of fungi, parasites and viruses using morphological, cultural, biochemical and serological methods. The relationship between clinical tests and disease states and epidemiology as it applies to microbiology is also included.

Clinical microscopy (1-2 hours)

Theory and practice of biochemical analysis and microscopic examination of urine and other bodily fluids. Includes the clinical significance of laboratory data.

Special Topics in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (time)

An overview of medical ethics, approach to the patient, theory and practice of phlebotomy techniques, laboratory safety, applications of laboratory computer systems, and independent clinical research and development. Management and education may also be included in this course for certain affiliate partners.

Clinical management and education (time)

An introduction to the principles and theory of clinical laboratory management and education. The specific professional responsibilities of the medical laboratory scientist in management and education are discussed.

***Course titles and times may vary between affiliated colleges and universities.