Salisbury University offers a number of minors within the Medical Laboratory Science Program, including a minor in clinical biochemistry. Clinical biochemists work as part of a hospital medical team responsible for diagnosing and managing patient illnesses. Most of their time is spent analyzing blood, tissue and other body fluids in the laboratory, but other biochemistry topics include toxicology and drug testing, enzyme kinetics, immunochemistry, tumor markers and biochemical pathologies.
Why Choose Clinical Biochemistry at SU?
Clinical biochemistry is a minor in the discipline of medical laboratory science (MLS). It allows you to complete the on-campus classes in clinical biochemistry, with this recognition posted on your transcript.
The minor in clinical biochemistry gives you the option to select just that one area of medical laboratory science (MLS) to study. The graduate of the MLS major is called a “generalist” and can practice in the areas of clinical biochemistry, hematology, transfusion services, immunology and clinical microbiology. The minor allows study in clinical biochemistry, without taking all of the program courses.
The minor includes general principles of human physiology and clinical laboratory operation as well as clinical biochemistry-related topics such as toxicology and drug testing, enzyme kinetics, immunochemistry, lipid, protein, and carbohydrate testing, tumor markers, biochemical pathologies, etc. Prerequisites include one year of general chemistry. Organic chemistry is highly recommended. Grades of C or better are required in all courses applicable to the minor.
Students pursuing the minor take the following courses:
- BIOL 215 Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology II
- MDTC 101 Safety in the Biological, Chemical and Clinical Lab
- MDTC 300 Principles of Medical Laboratory Science
- MDTC 331 Diagnostic Immunology
- MDTC 341 Clinical Biochemistry
- MDTC 441 Clinical Biochemistry II
Students majoring in MLS are given the first seats in any course. Students who wish to pursue a minor may apply for any remaining slots. In order to hold a space in classes, students who wish to pursue a minor must apply and be approved.
For a more in-depth study, learn more about SU’s medical laboratory science major.