Wayne State University

Curriculum

Fall Semester—Professional Year 1

Course number Course name and description Credits
CLS 5560 Human Histology 4
MS 5020

Biochemical Basis of Pathophysiology

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program or in Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sci­ences degree program. .Prereq: BIO 1510, CHM 1030; coreq: BIO 2870 or MS 4050. Review and discussion of the structural biochemi­cal nature of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins/enzymes, and hormones; correlation of disease and pathophysiology resulting from certain important biochemical disorders; discussions of clinical case studies. (F)

3
MS 5050

Clinical Terminology and Methodology

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program. Clinical terminology and surgical methods for analysis and treatment of human disease. (S)

3
MS 5200

Medical Microbiology for the Technical Professional

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program. Prereq: BIO 2200. Detailed study of commensal organ­isms of the human and mechanisms of resistance. Identification, by anatomical location, of organisms likely to cause infection; methods required for collection and transportation of microbiological speci­mens; case study analysis and presentation. (F)

3
Total semester credits 13

Winter Semester—Professional Year 1

Course number Course name and description Credits
MS 4100

Medical Photography

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program. Theory and behavior of light and lenses; principles of exposure, color, and filters; macro- and microphotography. (W)

3
MS 5060

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program. Prereq: BIO 2870. Detailed systemic study of human anatomy and physiology; emphasis on cranial, thoracic, and abdomi­nal structures. Laboratory: Laboratory: human dissection and prose­cution including organ grossing. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes (F)

4
MS 5061

Vertebrate and Human Embryology for PA

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program. Prereq: BIO 1500, BIO 1510, MS 5060. Comparative fundamental processes in vertebrate/human systems, with human embryological correlations to clinical settings: case study analysis specific to the pathologists' assistant; clinical evaluation of pediatric pathology. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes (W)

4
MS 5420

Future Trends in Pathology Practice

Discussion of changing parameters of clinical and anatomic pathol­ogy practice. Trends associated with healthcare, patient care, tech­nology, legal issues; educational methodology, licensure and accreditation issues; medical ethics and quality management in ana­tomic pathology. Students present research findings via PowerPoint delivery systems. (W)

2
Total semester credits 13

Spring/Summer Semester—Professional Year 1

Course number Course name and description Credits
MS 4150

Histochemistry

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program. Study of techniques involved in the preparation of tis­sues prior to microscopic examination. Material Fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes (W)

3
MS 4200

Introduction to Forensic Anatomic Pathology

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program, or Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Investigation program. Role of medical examiner, early signs of death, medical investigation of cause of death, methods for identification of remains, medicolegal aspects of forensic science, toxicology specimen tech­niques, legal issues in anatomic/forensic pathology. (S)

3
MS 4420

Laboratory Management

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program. Interpersonal and technical management techniques for the laboratory setting. Quality management techniques, policies and protocols for pathologists' assistants. (W)

3
MS 5250

Applied General Pathology

Open only to students in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assis­tant program. Prereq: MS 4050, BIO 4630 or former BIO 5630. Prin­ciples of general pathology with special emphasis on clinical correlation, including pediatric pathology. (S)

4
Total semester credits 13

Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer Semesters—Professional Year 2

Course number Course name and description Credits
MS 4500

Clinical Autopsy Pathology

Open only to students with senior standing in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assistant program. Autopsy procedures, including data retention, dissection techniques, selection of tissue for microscopic examination, and methods of body restoration prior to release. Course addresses clinical Gross Anatomy Techniques and Gross Pediatric Pathology techniques. (T)

6
MS 4550

Clinical Histoathologic Technique

Open only to students with senior standing in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assistant program. Organization of a histology labora­tory, proper handling of specimens for processing, available proce­dures and techniques. (T)

3
MS 4600

Clinical Forensic Pathology

Open only to students with senior standing in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assistant program or Post-Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Investigation program. Students in PBFI Certificate program internship must elect course for three credits in order to participate in internship at forensic sites. Pathologists' Assistant students must elect for five credits. Assisting pathologist in determining cause of death; basic methods for identifying remains with regard to age, sex, and race; techniques of photographic record keeping. (T)

5
MS 4650

Clinical Surgical Pathology

Open only to students with senior standing in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assistant program. Principles, theories, and clinical practices related to gross surgical dissections. (T)

5
MS 4700

Clinical Pathology

Open only to students with senior standing in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assistant program. Fundamental processes in benign and malignant hematopathology and lymphoid tissue; interpretation of clinical chemistry values, tumor markers, laboratory values, and the evolution of clinical and pathology case studies. (T)

3
MS 4800

Clinical Photography

Open only to students with senior standing in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assistant program. Techniques required to photograph­ically record gross and microscopic specimens as presented from surgery. (T)

2
MS 4850

Clinical Academic Pathology

Open only to students with senior standing in Bachelor of Science in Pathologists' Assistant program. Principles and theories of surgical diagnostic pathology and mechanisms of disease. (T)

6
Total semester credits 30

Professional program total credits: 69

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