Description: This course presents the principles of diagnostic testing to students in the medical assisting program. Students are introduced to the various types of medical laboratories and methods of quality control for specimen collection, transport, and testing while they learn to screen patients for various diagnostic tests and to follow-up test results. Emphasis is placed on the application of laboratory safety practices in accordance with Standard Precautions and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Students use common laboratory equipment to perform Clinical Lab Improvement Act (CLIA) approved tests for medical assistants, including hematology, chemistry, immunology and microbiology tests, urinalysis, and respiratory function testing and result analysis. Topics also include the principles of radiological tests, such as X-rays, computerized axial tomography (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
This course can help you earn the following degree(s) or certificate(s):