Medical Assistant in the Laboratory

Medical Assistant in the Laboratory

Course Overview

This is a summary of essential elements of the Medical Laboratory Assisting and is not a comprehensive guide to Medical Laboratory Assisting compliance. Regulation by those that perform Medical Laboratory Assisting are obligated to comply with all of its requirements of the employer and should not refer to this program as a guide of legal information or advice.

Course Accreditation

This course has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 3 clinical/general CEUs. Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the course content or the course provider.

Author Information

Brian Dickens – MBA, PHD, NATIONALLY REGISTERED CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT (NRCMA)
Medical Program Director
Dr. Brian Dickens is a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) and subject matter expert in the medical assisting and allied health fields.

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Disclosure statement: Dr. Brian Dickens reports having no financial or advisory relationship with any corporate, medical, or political organization doing work related to this educational activity or other business activity.

Approval Number:

138034

Intended Audience

This minor surgeries and procedures training course is an overview of the functions of a medical facility and is generally taken by employees who have previously completed a minor surgeries and procedures role or related schooling. This course is intended to keep employees aware of the safe practices of a healthcare facility. It is developed for clinical supervisors, workers, and trainees who work within the pharmacology functions of the allied health profession.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, medical assistants and other allied healthcare workers will be able to:

  • Describe the history and need for medical laboratory testing
  • Explain the different sections of the laboratory
  • Provide an overview of quality assurance and infection control
  • Define the process for using a microscope and units of measure
  • Explain proper venipuncture and urine specimen collection techniques and the respective complications of each
  • Distinguish microbiologic components and their significance
  • Describe microscope procedure and microorganism behaviors
  • Discuss the procedure of phlebotomy
  • Describe the elements of the blood
  • Describe the order of draw

Examples of covered entities include:

  • Clinics with a physician office laboratory
  • Reference laboratories
  • Hospitals with a laboratory
  • Students

Course outline

  • 1. The medical laboratory
  • 2. Clinical laboratory
  • 3. Quality assurance/quality control
  • 4. Safety in the laboratory
  • 5. Infection control
  • 6. Hepatitis and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • 7. The microscope
  • 8. Understanding laboratory measurements
  • 9. Solutions and dilutions
  • 10. Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • 11. Arterial blood gas studies
  • 12. Infectious mononucleosis
  • 13. Testing procedures
  • 14. Venipuncture
  • 15. Special specimen handling
  • 16. Order of draw
  • 17. Test tubes, additives, and tests
  • 18. Hemostasis
  • 19. Latex sensitivity
  • 20. Introduction to microbiology
  • 21. Smear preparation, staining techniques, and wet mounts
  • 22. Urinalysis
  • 23. References
  • 24. Test

Disclaimer:

This is a summary of essential elements of the Medical Laboratory Assisting and is not a comprehensive guide to Medical Laboratory Assisting compliance. Regulation by those that perform Medical Laboratory Assisting are obligated to comply with all of its requirements of the employer and should not refer to this program as a guide of legal information or advice.
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