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.

Majors in Biotechnology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Genetic Counseling, Health Physics, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Physician Assistant Studies are required to complete a three-course sequence in professional development topics. Two courses consist of 4 hour seminars that carry no academic credit. The final course earns one credit and requires submission of a graded project.

Certificate in Biotechnology/Regulatory Affairs

BTR 605Biotechnology Regulatory & Quality Systems3
BTR 615Applications of Biological Processes in Drug Development3
BTR 620Regulation of Food and Drugs3
BTR 640Clinical Development of Drugs, Biologics, Diagnostics, and Medical Devices3
BTR 690Clinical Trial Implementation3
Total Hours15

Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences

BHS 502Molecules and Cells4
BHS 503Microbiology and Immunology4
BHS 501Seminar I1
BHS 550Integrated Systems I: Neuroendocrine3
BHS 555Integrated Systems II: Cardiopulmonary3
BHS 560Integrated Systems III: Genitourinary2
BHS 601Seminar II1
BHS 600Integrated Systems IV: Gastrointestinal2
BHS 605Integrated Systems V: Musculoskeletal and Skin3
BHS 610Clinical Application and Simulation2
BHS 698Non-Thesis Research4
BHS 602Seminar III1
Electives (choose 3 hours from below)3
Special Topics in Cell Biology
Introduction to Medical History Taking and Physical Examination
Survival Spanish for Health Professionals
Physiology of Exercise I
Any Graduate CDS elective 500-625
Total Hours33

Master of Science in Biotechnology

BT 500Principles of Biotechnology - Nucleic Acid Technology3
BT 550Principles of Biotechnology - Amino Acid Technology3
BT 600Principles of Biotechnology - Systems Biology & Pharmacology3
BT 650Applications in Biotechnology I1
BT 651Applications in Biotechnology II1
BT 652Applications in Biotechnology III1
BT 670Bench to Commercialization I3
BT 671Bench to Commercialization II3
BT 672Bench to Commercialization III3
BT 695Biotechnology Internship2
BT 698Non-Thesis Research4
CDS 501Professional Skills I0
CDS 502Professional Skills II0
CDS 503Professional Skills III1
CDS 610Research Design and Statistics3
CDS 625Analysis of Scientific Publications3
Innovative Technologies in Biotechnology (take three times)3
Innovative Technologies in Biotechnology
Total Hours37

Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

CDS 500Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection1
CDS 501Professional Skills I0
CDS 502Professional Skills II0
CDS 503Professional Skills III1
CDS 610Research Design and Statistics3
CDS 625Analysis of Scientific Publications3
CLS 500Health and Safety Management1
CLS 503Body Fluids1
CLS 504Lab Analysis of Body Fluids1
CLS 505Laboratory Management3
CLS 506Laboratory Techniques2
CLS 518Immunology3
CLS 523Clinical Microbiology3
CLS 524Clinical Microbiology Laboratory1
CLS 526Instrumentation & Automation2
CLS 527Instrumentation and Automation Laboratory1
CLS 528Hematology I3
CLS 529Hematology I Laboratory1
CLS 530Immunohematology4
CLS 531Immunohematology Laboratory1
CLS 532Hematology II3
CLS 533Hematology II Laboratory1
CLS 538Infectious Diseases3
CLS 539Infectious Diseases Laboratory1
CLS 542Molecular Diagnostics3
CLS 543Molecular Diagnostics Lab1
CLS 551Clinical Chemistry4
CLS 552Clinical Chemistry Laboratory1
CLS 560Clinical Correlations3
CLS 570Professional Development1
CLS 595Clinical Practice12
CLS 698Master's Level Non-Thesis Research4
Total Hours72

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

CDS 500Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection1
CDS 501Professional Skills I0
CDS 502Professional Skills II0
CDS 503Professional Skills III1
CDS 605Survival Spanish for Health Professionals1
CDS 610Research Design and Statistics3
ECG 621Theories of Individual Counseling3
ECG 638Practicum I: Clinical Skills and Techniques3
GC 501Genetics in Medicine3
GC 504Prenatal Genetics, Embryology and Teratology3
GC 505Principles of Cancer and Adult Genetics and Counseling3
GC 506Theory and Practice of Genetic Counseling3
GC 510Introduction to Genetic Counseling3
GC 600Advanced Clinical Skills in Genetic Counseling - SL2
GC 602Advanced Topics in Genetic Counseling2
GC 650Clinical Laboratory Rotation2
GC 651Clinical Rotation I4
GC 652Clinical Rotation II2
GC 653Clinical Rotation III2
GC 654Clinical Rotation IV2
GC 655Clinical Rotation V2
Non-Thesis Research (take twice)4
Non Thesis Research
GC 725Advanced Medical Genetics and Genomics3
One Elective Course 13
Four hours of Journal Club4
Genetic Counseling Journal Club (take four times)
Total Hours59

 Various courses are pre-approved, including CDS 550, CDS 625, EPI 600, HB 635, HCO 613, HCO 670, HCO 672, HE 502, NTR 601. Others are possible - as approved by program director. All would be courses at 500 level or above. All would be 3 credit hours.

Master of Science in Health Physics

CDS 610Research Design and Statistics3
MHP 601Principles of Health Physics3
NMT 610Medical Radiation Physics4
NMT 621Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation I4
CDS 625Analysis of Scientific Publications3
MHP 611Physics of Diagnostic Imaging3
MHP 620Principles of Dosimetry3
NMT 641Regulations, Radiation Protection/Biology and Lab4
MHP 621Nonionizing Radiation3
Supervised Practice12
Supervised Practice
Advanced Radiation Biology
CDS 501Professional Skills I0
CDS 502Professional Skills II0
CDS 503Professional Skills III1
CDS 504Professional Skills IV1
MHP 698Non-Thesis Research4
Total Hours54

Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology

CDS 501Professional Skills I0
CDS 610Research Design and Statistics3
NMT 602Introduction to Nuclear Medicine, Patient Care & Communication Skills3
NMT 610Medical Radiation Physics4
NMT 621Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation I4
NMT 631Nuclear Medicine Anatomy & Physiology - Procedure I4
CDS 502Professional Skills II0
CDS 625Analysis of Scientific Publications3
NMT 632Nuclear Medicine Anatomy & Physiology - Procedures II4
NMT 641Regulations, Radiation Protection/Biology and Lab4
Clinical Practice 115
NMT Clinical Practice
CDS 503Professional Skills III1
CDS 504Professional Skills IV1
HCM 590Leadership Skills for Health Professionals3
NMT 605Cross-Sectional Anatomy3
NMT 622NMT Instrumentation II3
NMT 623CT Instrumentation3
NMT 660Radiopharmacy, Pharmacology & Lab3
NMT 698Non-Thesis Research4
Total Hours65

 Varies by term 3, 5, 7 (Spring, Summer, 2nd Fall)

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

CDS 501Professional Skills I0
PA 615Intro to the Profession1
PA 601Human Gross Anatomy4
PA 602Medical Physiology4
PA 610Clinical Lab Medicine3
PA 605Pathology3
CDS 502Professional Skills II0
Clinical Medicine I6
Clinical Medicine I
PA 611History and Physical Examination I3
PA 603Pharmacology I3
PA 616Electrocardiography1
PA 608Surgical Disease I3
PA 613Surgical Techniques3
CDS 535Medical Genetics Across the Life Span1
CDS 503
CDS 504
Professional Skills III
and Professional Skills IV
PA 614Operating Room Techniques2
PA 618Risk Management1
PA 619Fundamentals of Clinical Research3
HCM 530Health Care Delivery and Reimbursement3
PA 604Pharmacology II3
PA 617Applied Behavioral Medicine3
PA 635Special Populations in Medicine2
Clinical Medicine II6
Clinical Medicine II
PA 620Analysis of Professional Literature2
PA 609Surgical Disease II3
PA 634Simulated Clinical Concepts1
PA 638Senior Seminar I5
Clinical Service46
Clinical Services I
Clinical Services II
Clinical Service III
Clinical Services IV
Clinical Services V
Clinical Service VI
Clinical Service VII
Clinical Service VIII
Clinical Service IX
Clinical Service X
Clinical Service XI
Clinical Service XII,Clinical Services XII
PA 698Presentation of Res Project1
Total Hours117


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 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.

CDS 560. Foodborne and Waterborne Outbreak Investigations. 3 Hours.

Analysis of different aspects (basic microbiology, epidemiological analysis, surveillance tools, regulations, environmental and laboratory testing) of foodborne and waterborne outbreak investigations.

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.