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BMS 520C Pathophysiology I

This graduate course introduces the student to the predisposing factors and pathological processes leading to disease, at the molecular, cellular, organ, and whole body levels and strategies for prevention and therapy of disease. The course deals with the role of the immune system in health and disease, concepts of microbial pathogenesis and the responses of the host to infection; allergy and hypersensitivity; tissue graft rejection, clinical tissue matching, clinical immunosuppression, the immune system vs. cancer, autoimmune diseases, and congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies including AIDS. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Fall, 3 credits

BMS 540C Biomedical Statistics

This course covers the fundamentals of statistics as applied to medical and biological sciences, including measures of central tendency and variability, theory of sampling, theory of estimation, sample frequency functions, confidence limits, null hypothesis, linear regression and correlation, chi-squared test, t-Test, F-Test and analysis of variance, elements of sequential analysis, statistical techniques adapted to laboratory quality control and design of experiments. Use of statistical programs for analysis of data is integrated within the course. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Spring, 3 credits

BMS 550C Medical Chemistry

This course is the introduction to the analysis of analytes in body fluids. Emphasis is placed on describing normal and pathophysiologic changes in disease. Quality control, evaluation, interpretation and laboratory tests used in quantitation are presented. The biomedical significance of metabolic disorders of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids is discussed. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Fall, 3 credits

BMS 561C Introduction to Hematology

This course describes the erythroid, myeloid and lymphoid differentiation pathways from the pluripotent stem cell to mature cells; describes the pathophysiology of anemias, leukemias, lymphomas and pathways for blood coagulation and coagulopathies; emphasizes theory and procedures necessary for diagnosis of disease of blood-forming tissues. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Fall only, 3 credits

BMS 562C Theories of Blood Coagulation

This course covers the theoretical aspects of blood coagulation in normal and disease states, including laboratory methods which demonstrate various blood factors. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Fall, 3 credits

BMS 590C Hospital Communication and Culture Practicum

This course prepares students for the dynamic Hospital environment through the total immersion of the student in this setting thus preparing for a greater level of communication. The facets of culture distinct to a hospital and surgical room will be explored. An extensive terminology list will be developed by the student and preceptors to establish understanding and practice of diction for vocabulary commonly utilized in the hospital environment. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
On occasion, 3 credits

BMS 612C Pathophysiology II

Molecular, biochemical and metabolic events which identify disease of several body systems are presented. This course introduces the student to basic morphologic and functional changes of major disease processes in Cardiovascular, Renal, Respiratory, Endocrine and Digestive systems, and Neurologic diseases. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Prerequisite of BMS 520 or BMS 610 is required
Spring, 3 credits

BMS 651C Pharmacology

The application of pharmacology, the study of drugs and poisons, is termed therapeutics. To better understand the use of drugs in specific disease states, therapeutics is emphasized in this course. The student develops an understanding of the disease process being treated and any concomitant diseases the patient may have. The consequences and expectations of the drugs being administered (considering its pharmacodynamics, pharmacognosy and pharmacokinetics) in that specific patient are presented. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Spring, 3 credits

BMS 700C Selected Topics in Lab Medicine

This course examines a research problem under the guidance of a member of the Department of Biomedical Sciences faculty. Open only to matriculated students. Students may register only once for this course. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
On occasion, 1 credit

BMS 703C Research Methods

This is a course designed to provide practical tools for initiation and development of a research proposal. The scientific approaches to problem-solving, data collection and analysis are discussed. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Summer, 3 credits

BMS 704C Clinical Research Thesis

This course is a clinical research project designed to develop and enhance research skills appropriate to the area of specialization chosen for the M.S. degree. The research data is obtained from a health care facility, academic setting, business or industry, community program or clinical research facility. The collected data is analyzed and a thesis is written and presented to the department. Open only to matriculated students with approval by department chairperson, Graduate Committee and mentor. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Prerequisite of BMS 703C is required
Every Semester, 3 credits

BMS 706C Research Project & Comp Exam

This course provides another option for successful completion of the M.S. degree in Medical Biology through the completion of a research project and a comprehensive examination in the specialty. Open only to matriculated students with approval by department chairperson, Graduate Committee and mentor. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Prerequisite of BMS 703C is required
Every Semester, 3 credits

BMS 708C Experimental Research Thesis

For experimental theses, the model system may be animals, tissue cells or microbial agents. The topic selection for experimental thesis is generally decided by the mentor. The student (with the help of the mentor) has to have logically defined objectives and a clear hypothesis. In this course the student has to carry out the experiments, review relevant literature, collect all research data, formulate graphs, figures or tables and write the results, discussion, summary, conclusions and defend the thesis with a PowerPoint presentation. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Prerequisite of BMS 703C is required
Every semester, 3 credits

BMS 709C Clinical Management Project

This course is designed for the Clinical Laboratory Management M.S. degree candidate who will address a management problem within the clinical setting. Examples of some project topics include: motivation of co-workers, organization and communication improvements, measuring group effectiveness, selection criteria for employees, appraisals of laboratory personnel, staffing, development of educational activities, implementation of procedures, budgeting cost analysis, workloads, inventory management and cost-containment measures. Problems should be defined, solutions suggested and tested and a project paper (Thesis) written and defended. Open only to matriculated students with approval of department chairperson, Graduate Committee and mentor. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Prerequisite of BMS 703C is required
Every Semester, 3 credits

BMS 800C Surgery

This graduate course reviews the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the heart, emphasizing disorders caused by circulatory shock, pericarditis, cardiac tamponade, endocarditis, cor pulmonale and cardiac failure. The course also identifies cardiac surgical equipment and instruments used in cardiac surgical procedures. Surgeries on patients experiencing coronary artery disease, resection of left ventricular aneurysm, mitral and aortic valve repair, complex congenital cardiac malformations, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, malformations resulting in left to right to left shunts, aortic aneurysm and acute aortic transection are presented. First year (Modules I & II) of CVP Program taught through NSUH-LIU-CWP School of Cardiovascular Perfusion (Great Neck, N.Y.). Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Fall, 6 credits (1152 hours Clinical Instrumentation)

BMS 810C Perfusion Technology

This course combines clinical competency in perfusion techniques, didactic instruction with practical operating room experience and laboratory study of the extracorporeal circuit. The course begins with a discussion of the evolution of perfusion technology, describes the laboratory components needed, venous and arterial cannuli, flow limitations, and determination of Reynold’s number. Included also are discussions of heater/cooler and heat exchanges; circulation, hypothermia, tubing, circuits, charting, pressure monitoring, arterial blood gas, electrolytes, cardiotomy reservoirs and suction systems, cardiopulmonary bypass and safety, and myocardiac protection delivery systems. The course teaches techniques, procedures, laboratory techniques, management and evaluation of the total perfusion process. First year (Module I & II) of CVP Program. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Spring, 6 credits

BMS 820C Clinical Practicum I

The Clinical Practicum Courses completed at North Shore University Hospital are designed to provide perfusion students with an intensive opportunity to develop, practice and master the skills required to perform safe extracorporeal circulation procedures. These clinical practice courses require directed hands-on use of equipment and techniques that constitute the cardiopulmonary bypass procedure. Under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, the students are exposed to increasing levels of responsibility in the clinical conduct of perfusion. As the students¿ abilities permit, they assume expanding responsibilities with the ultimate goal of functioning independently as a practicing perfusionist. These clinical practice courses are taught in the operating room theater with special emphasis on developing technical skills in the extracorporeal procedure itself. Instruction will also include current adjunctive methods in autotransfusion, mycocardial preservation techniques, intra-aortic balloon support, and aseptic techniques. At course completion, the student will have:

  • Developed sufficient clinical competency about the rudiments of extracorporeal circuit, its components, design, assembly and operation of the equipment.
  • Under directed supervision, begun to successfully perform those technical manipulations that constitute the essential part of the extracorporeal circuit and other perfusion procedures
  • Been evaluated by the instructors supervising the clinical learning experiences. Students are evaluated by using an evaluation form titled “Perfusion Student Case Evaluation”.

Following the completion of Perfusion Clinical Practice courses, each student is required to perform clinical cases for clinical competency determination. In these Clinical Competency Cases, each student’s ability to function independently as a clinical perfusionist is evaluated for his or her level of training. These clinical competency evaluations are performed utilizing the standard procedures for clinical student case evaluation. In addition, the clinical instructors evaluate the entry-level clinical competency skills as required by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Second year (Module III & IV) of CVP Program. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Summer, 5 credits (960 hours each; 288 hours total)

BMS 822C Clinical Practicum II

The Clinical Practicum Courses completed at North Shore University Hospital are designed to provide perfusion students with an intensive opportunity to develop, practice and master the skills required to perform safe extracorporeal circulation procedures. These clinical practice courses require directed hands-on use of equipment and techniques that constitute the cardiopulmonary bypass procedure. Under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, the students are exposed to increasing levels of responsibility in the clinical conduct of perfusion. As the students’ abilities permit, they assume expanding responsibilities with the ultimate goal of functioning independently as a practicing perfusionist. These clinical practice courses are taught in the operating room theater with special emphasis on developing technical skills in the extracorporeal procedure itself. Instruction will also include current adjunctive methods in autotransfusion, mycocardial preservation techniques, intra-aortic balloon support, and aseptic techniques. At course completion, the student will have:

  • Developed sufficient clinical competency about the rudiments of extracorporeal circuit, its components, design, assembly and operation of the equipment.
  • Under directed supervision, begun to successfully perform those technical manipulations that constitute the essential part of the extracorporeal circuit and other perfusion procedures
  • Been evaluated by the instructors supervising the clinical learning experiences. Students are evaluated by using an evaluation form titled "Perfusion Student Case Evaluation".

Following the completion of Perfusion Clinical Practice courses, each student is required to perform clinical cases for clinical competency determination. In these Clinical Competency Cases, each student’s ability to function independently as a clinical perfusionist is evaluated for his or her level of training. These clinical competency evaluations are performed utilizing the standard procedures for clinical student case evaluation. In addition, the clinical instructors evaluate the entry-level clinical competency skills as required by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Second year (Module III & IV) of CVP Program. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Fall, 5 credits (960 hours each; 288 hours total)

BMS 824C Clinical Practicum III

The Clinical Practicum Courses completed at North Shore University Hospital are designed to provide perfusion students with an intensive opportunity to develop, practice and master the skills required to perform safe extracorporeal circulation procedures. These clinical practice courses require directed hands-on use of equipment and techniques that constitute the cardiopulmonary bypass procedure. Under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, the students are exposed to increasing levels of responsibility in the clinical conduct of perfusion. As the students’ abilities permit, they assume expanding responsibilities with the ultimate goal of functioning independently as a practicing perfusionist. These clinical practice courses are taught in the operating room theater with special emphasis on developing technical skills in the extracorporeal procedure itself. Instruction will also include current adjunctive methods in autotransfusion, mycocardial preservation techniques, intra-aortic balloon support, and aseptic techniques. At course completion, the student will have:

  • Developed sufficient clinical competency about the rudiments of extracorporeal circuit, its components, design, assembly and operation of the equipment.
  • Under directed supervision, begun to successfully perform those technical manipulations that constitute the essential part of the extracorporeal circuit and other perfusion procedures
  • Been evaluated by the instructors supervising the clinical learning experiences. Students are evaluated by using an evaluation form titled "Perfusion Student Case Evaluation."

Following the completion of Perfusion Clinical Practice courses, each student is required to perform clinical cases for clinical competency determination. In these Clinical Competency Cases, each student's ability to function independently as a clinical perfusionist is evaluated for his or her level of training. These clinical competency evaluations are performed utilizing the standard procedures for clinical student case evaluation. In addition, the clinical instructors evaluate the entry-level clinical competency skills as required by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Second year (Module III & IV) of CVP Program. Only open to students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program.
Spring, 5 credits (960 hours each; 288 hours total)