Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences sponsors the B.S. degree and minor in Biomedical Sciences in addition to graduate degree and certificate programs in several clinical specialty areas. Elective coursework is available to students in the School of Health Professions and to students in other UAB degree programs.


CDS 300. Microbiology for the Health Professions. 3 Hours.

A course in which the basic, and some advanced, concepts of microbiology are presented as they relate to health sciences and medicine. The course consists of nine units, each of which contains multiple lessons. The units cover the scope of microbiology, a survey of microorganisms, the study of microorganisms, microbial physiology, the control of microbial growth, microbial genetics, immunity, microbial pathogenesis, and microbial processes.

CDS 301. Microbiology Laboratory for Health Professions. 1 Hour.

Students will learn to practice laboratory safety, correctly operate a compound light microscope, prepare and interpret the results of various stains, cultivate, isolate and identify pathogenic microorganisms, and perform and interpret simple serologic assays.

CDS 400. 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 405. 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 410. Introduction to Electrocardiography. 1 Hour.

Study of the essentials of 12-lead EKG interpretation including discussion of various lead systems. Identification of typical cardiac rhythms and discussion of abnormal anatomy and physiology consistent common cardiac arrhythmias.
Prerequisites: (BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C]) or (BY 115 [Min Grade: C] and BY 116 [Min Grade: C]) or (BMD 310 [Min Grade: C] and BMD 315 [Min Grade: C])

CDS 420. Competencies in Genetics for Health Professions. 2 Hours.

Overview of core competencies in genetics; develops knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide effective and comprehensive health services to individuals and families.
Prerequisites: BMD 320 [Min Grade: C] or BY 330 [Min Grade: C]

CDS 425. First Aid and Healthcare Provider CPR and AED Course. 1 Hour.

The goal of this course is to provide the student with the 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 430. Advanced Cardiac Life Support. 1 Hour.

Provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) according to the American Heart Association (AHA) standards.

CDS 440. 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.
Prerequisites: PH 201 [Min Grade: C]

CDS 444. Social and Behavioral Science for the Health Professions. 3 Hours.

Health and behavior are influenced by multiple psychological, behavioral, social, and cultural factors. An understanding of these factors is essential to addressing health problems and eliminating health disparities and inequalities. This course will provide an overview of biopsychosocial factors that influence health status and outcomes. Community engagement and service learning is an essential component of this course.

CDS 450. Introduction to Medical History Taking and Physical Examination. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the proper way to elicit a comprehensive medical history, perform a physical examination, and report the findings in a systematic and concise format.