MSHS in Immunohematology & Biotechnology



The online MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology is a 35 credit hour program.

Career Options

Graduates of this program develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for transfusion medicine research positions within hospital labs or blood centers or to become supervisors or mangers in a blood banking laboratory. Over the years, there have been significant advances in biotechnologies.  Although conventional lab methods are still utilized in the clinical laboratory, more labs are starting to integrate molecular-based tests and to replace some of the more traditional technologies with cutting edge methods. 


The program has been designed to provide certified blood bankers with a strong foundation in Immunohematology as well as molecular biology and biotechnology. 

Course Offerings

Required Courses

MLS 6141 Advanced Immunology and Serology (3 credits)

This course covers the principles of the immune system and the clinical applications of immunology related to the diagnosis of human diseases. The first half of the course will focus on the components of the immune system and the various functions of each. The second half of the course covers the various immune-related diseases and also addresses how immunologic assays are used in the clinical setting to diagnose and monitor various disease states.

MLS 6219 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

This course will emphasize the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation and gene regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

MLS 6218 Genetics (3 credits)

This course will cover hereditary and molecular genetics, with an emphasis on genomics and human diseases.

MLS 6217 Medical Biotechnology (2 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.

MLS 6245 Current Topics in MLS (3 credits)

Exploration of findings within the medical laboratory science field. Current topics will be integrated into the development of a required project proposal for the capstone research project that the student will complete in the following semester.

MLS 6213 Seminar in Immunohematology (2 credits)

Federal, state, and international regulations that govern the blood bank industry; laboratory research related to blood products; new product and practice guidelines; legal, social, and ethical issues related to transfusion medicine.

HSCI 6263 Biostatistics for Clinical & Translational Research (3 credits)

One learns a foundation in the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis.

MLS 6140 Advanced Laboratory Management (3 credits)

The laboratory environment is constantly responding to diverging trends in healthcare. This course provides students with a problem-based approach to the principles of laboratory management and will focus on managerial concepts that will provide opportunities to apply theoretical management models to real-life situations in the clinical laboratory.

MLS 6244 Research Ethics & Scientific Integrity (3 credits)

Traditional and modern topics in research ethics and scientific integrity. Students will learn to conduct unbiased peer-review, conduct research, and report on an independent case examinations, research misconduct or other ethical issues, and participate in oral scientific and ethical discussions.

MLS 6246 Capstone Project (3 credits)

Students apply the knowledge gained throughout the program to complete an independent, mentored project. A proposal for the capstone project will have been developed by the student as a component of the Current Topics in MLS course (MLS 6245) during the previous semester.

HSCI 6297 Independent Study for Health Professionals (1 credit)

Elective Courses (6 credits)

Courses selected, in consultation with program director, from existing online graduate courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Health Sciences.

Transfer Credits

Up to six credit hours of previously earned graduate-level coursework may be accepted as transfer credit. Please contact the program office for the full policy and guidelines.

Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted only for admitted students.