PhlebotomyIf you are interested in the health care industry, two new elective courses are being offered this fall and spring. One of the classes taught by the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences is online.

The “Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection” (CDS 400/500) online course is being offered this fall and spring 2013 with one credit hour. This in-depth course in phlebotomy includes capillary puncture, venipuncture, arterial blood gas collection and collection of body fluids.

“Quality specimen collection is essential for accurate diagnosis and treatment,” said Michelle Brown, MS, MLS (ASCP) SBBcm, assistant professor in clinical laboratory science and medical technology. “Students will also have three hours of skills lab experience in the Learning Resource Center’s open lab, phlebotomy competency and a three hour clinical rotation in a hospital or clinic.”

“Introduction to Medical History and Physical Examination” (CDS 550) will be offered in spring 2013. Students will learn the proper way to obtain a comprehensive medical history, perform a physical examination and report the findings in a systematic and concise format.

“This course introduces the core principles of medical history taking and physical diagnosis,” said Patricia Jennings, DrPH, PA-C, director of the physician assistant program and professor of the course. “The core principles are utilized in every health care discipline from medicine, dentistry, allied health and nursing.”

Students will receive hands-on experience. Both courses are geared toward undergraduate and graduate students contemplating a career in the health care profession. Immunizations are required for the phlebotomy class. Fall registration is open until August 14. Students can then register after classes begin until August 22. Spring 2013 registration begins November 4. For more information on the courses, contact the department at (205) 975-4CDS or email