Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences is comprised of academic programs essential to today’s healthcare system. Our programs provide training for future health care professionals in a variety of disciplines ranging from the diagnosis of illness and disease, the administration of advanced treatment therapies, to the performance of vital roles in surgical suites and in outpatient and inpatient healthcare settings. Graduates of our programs are well poised for a wide variety of job opportunities due to the outstanding education received at UAB.  Current graduate program offerings include:

Biomedical and Health Sciences, M.S.

Biotechnology, M.S. and Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs Certificate

Clinical Laboratory Science, M.S.

Genetic Counseling, M.S.

Health Physics, M.S.

Nuclear Medicine Technology, M.S.

Physician Assistant Studies, M.S.P.A.S.

Effective Fall 2015, majors in Biotechnology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Genetic Counseling, and Physician Assistant Studies are required to complete a four-course sequence in professional development topics. Three courses consist of 4.5 hour seminars that carry no academic credit. The final course earns one credit and requires submission of a graded project.

Courses

CDS 500. Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection. 1 Hour.

An in depth course in phlebotomy covering aspects of safety procedures, hygiene, capillary puncture, venipuncture, arterial access and maintenance, intravenous access and maintenance, drug administration via IV, intramuscular and subcutaneous methods and non-blood collections of bodily fluids.

CDS 501. Professional Skills I. 0 Hours.

First course in a sequence focusing on the development of behavioral competencies to address the growing emphasis healthcare is placing on these skills due to their impact on the delivery of quality care.

CDS 502. Professional Skills II. 0 Hours.

Second course in a sequence focusing on the development of behavioral competencies to address the growing emphasis healthcare is placing on these skills due to their impact on the delivery of quality care.
Prerequisites: CDS 501 [Min Grade: P]

CDS 503. Professional Skills III. 1 Hour.

Third course in a sequence focusing on the development of behavioral competencies to address the growing emphasis healthcare is placing on these skills due to their impact on the delivery of quality care.
Prerequisites: CDS 501 [Min Grade: P] and CDS 502 [Min Grade: P]

CDS 504. Professional Skills IV. 1 Hour.

This is the last course in a four course sequence focusing on the development of behavioral competencies to address the growing emphasis healthcare is placing on these skills due to their impact on the delivery of quality care.
Prerequisites: CDS 501 [Min Grade: P] and CDS 502 [Min Grade: P] and CDS 503 [Min Grade: P]

CDS 520. Competencies in Genetics for Health Professionals. 2 Hours.

Educates health professional students about core competencies in genetics to prepare them to integrate genetics knowledge, skills, and attitudes into routine health care, thereby providing effective and comprehensive services to individuals and families. This course is based on the NCHPEG core competencies for health professionals.

CDS 525. First Aid & Healthcare Provider CPR and AED. 1 Hour.

Develops knowledge and skills needed to perform basic first aid and CPR procedures for adult, child and infant victims according to the American Heart Association (AHA) Standards.

CDS 535. Medical Genetics Across the Life Span. 1 Hour.

Medical genetics applications in patient care; genetic family and medical history collection; indications for referral to medical genetics; appropriate use and interpretation of genetic testing; ethical issues in medical genetics.

CDS 540. Physics in Bio-Medical Sciences. 3 Hours.

Qualitative and quantitative applied physical concepts pertaining to medical applications. Selected physical concepts used in biology, human anatomy, physiology, and medical diagnosis and treatment. Topics include mechanics, fluids, waves, heat, sound, optics, electricity and magnetism, radiation, X-rays, MRI, and Nuclear Medicine.
Prerequisites: PH 201 [Min Grade: C] and PH 202 [Min Grade: C]

CDS 545. Genetics and Genomics Applications in Healthcare. 2 Hours.

Introduction for non-clinicians to the basic principles of medical genetics and the applications of genetics and genomics in healthcare.

CDS 550. Introduction to Medical History Taking and Physical Examination. 3 Hours.

This course introduces the learner on how to conduct a comprehensive medical history, perform a physical examination, and report the findings in a systematic and concise format.
Prerequisites: BY 115 [Min Grade: C] and BY 116 [Min Grade: C] and AHS 350 [Min Grade: C]

CDS 605. Survival Spanish for Health Professionals. 1 Hour.

Health care professionals will be introduced to basic vocabulary, useful questions and expressions in Spanish needed to communicate in practical health care situations. Students will participate in speaking exercises, dialogue, and role-play activities (field-specific scenarios).

CDS 610. Research Design and Statistics. 3 Hours.

This course will introduce the student to clinical research methods and review concepts involved in descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include, overview of the research process, literature review, research hypothesis, research designs, sample selection, measurement methods, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics.

CDS 625. Analysis of Scientific Publications. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to prepare students to critically evaluate medical/scientific literature and to write a master¿s level papers. The ability to critically analyze scientific publications will be incorporated into the process of making medical decisions.