Undergraduate Major

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS

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Graduate School Paths

Medicine

Optometry

Dentistry

WHY MAJOR IN MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS?

Access to quality healthcare for all is one of the most significant grand challenges of the 21st century.  Quality healthcare begins with an accurate and timely diagnosis, and this is where Medical Diagnostics majors have a distinct advantage in their pursuit of graduate/professional studies in medicine, dentistry and optometry.  Medical Diagnostics is a clinical-oriented science program that incorporates the basic science courses required for admission to medical school with medical-related courses that impact on the diagnosis and therapy of disease. Students learn the pathophysiology of diseases in five major areas of study: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology. Students study detailed information about laboratory analysis and how laboratory data correlates to human disease.

UNIQUENESS OF PROGRAM

The Medical Diagnostics major studies a wide range of disease processes and patient diagnostic patterns, and applies this information to patient case studies in order to evaluate hematological, microbiological and biochemical disease states. The program is enhanced by excellent faculty working at the frontiers of their field. Faculty are noted researchers who are making fundamental contributions to their respective fields including cancer, diabetes, nanomedicine, immunology and infectious disease. Students often participate in faculty research through independent study. Capstone experience includes opportunities to interact with healthcare providers in areas such as mental health, emergency medicine, pediatrics and others.

Medical Diagnostics Admissions

The medical diagnostics major culminates in the awarding of a bachelor of science degree. Students enter the University as freshmen or transfer students with a declared interest in medical laboratory and diagnostics (MTI) for the purpose of advisement. Consideration for admission to the major at the end of the sophomore year is based on the following criteria:

  • Approximate grade point index of 3.00 for the first 4 semesters; and
  • Completion of at least 60 credits including designated chemistry, biological science, physics, mathematics, and kinesiology and applied physiology prerequisites prior to admission into the major. The science prerequisites include BISC 207, BISC 208, BISC 300, CHEM 103, CHEM 104, CHEM 321, CHEM 322, and the science sequence of BISC 276 and PHYS 201/PHYS 202 or KAAP 309/KAAP 310. The mathematics prerequisites include one of the following courses: MATH 114, MATH 115, MATH 117, MATH 221, or MATH 241. In addition, the student must have made satisfactory progress towards a baccalaureate degree.

The first two years provide courses in the basic sciences and liberal arts. The third and fourth years primarily focus on medical-related courses. Students pursuing this major are interested in attending professional or graduate schools immediately upon graduation. Medical schools and other professional graduate programs require that students complete volunteer experience in a health-related or a people-oriented environment.

Students interested in medical school, optometry school, physician assistant graduate programs, etc. should review the information posted at http://www.bio.udel.edu/medical-and-dental-careers and at http://www.bio.udel.edu/health-science-advisement-and-evaluation-committee-hsaec. These web sites provide updated course requirements for medical schools and information on the University of Delaware Health Science Advisement and Evaluation Committee.

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS CURRICULUM:

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete 120 credits and meet specific requirements, as outlined in the University of Delaware Catalog. In addition, students may qualify for a minor in Biological Sciences provided the stated criteria are met. The following plan is only one example; not every student will take every course in the same order.

FRESHMAN YEAR
FALL
BISC 207 Introductory Biology I
CHEM 103 or 107 General Chemistry
Mathematics (MATH 221 or 241)
UNIV 101 First Year Exp
Breadth requirement
SPRING
BISC 208 Introductory Biology II
CHEM 104 or 108 General Chemistry
ENGL 110 Seminar in Composition
MEDT 100 Intro. to Medical Laboratory Science
MEDT 200 The Language of Medicine

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR
FALL
BISC 300 Intro. to Microbiology
CHEM 321/325 Organic Chemistry with lab
KAAP 309 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
OR PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I
Breadth requirements
SPRING
CHEM 322/326 Organic Chemistry with lab
BISC 276 Human Physiology AND
PHYS 202 Introductory Physics II OR
KAAP 310 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Breadth requirement(s)
JUNIOR YEAR
FALL
MEDT 490 Genetics & Molecular Diagnostics OR BISC 403 Genetics
CHEM 214 Elementary Biochemistry
MEDT 360 Clinical Immunology and
Medical Virology
MEDT 398 Body Fluid Analysis
STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice OR
STAT 408 Statistical Research Methods I
Second writing course
SPRING
MEDT 491 Molecular Diagnostics OR BISC 401 Molecular Biology of the Cell
MEDT 401 Clinical Physiological Chemistry I
MEDT 404 Hematology I
MEDT 406 Medical Microbiology
MEDT 409 Immunohematology I
Breadth requirement

*Must take BISC 401 and 403 or MEDT 490 and 491

SENIOR YEAR
FALL
MEDT 403 Clinical Physiological Chemistry II
MEDT 405 Hematology II
MEDT 420 Immunohematology II
MEDT 430 Diagnostic Bacteriology
and Medical Mycology
Breadth requirements
SPRING
English (at 200+ level)
MEDT 462 Experiential Learning
Breadth requirements

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