2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook (Unofficial) 
    Jun 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook (Unofficial)
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CLS 130B - Laboratory Procedures for Medical Office Assistants

Credits: 2
Semesters Offered: Fall
Campus/Sites Offered: Charleston, Henderson
Offering Note: Offered at both Charleston and Henderson campuses during fall.

This course introduces theory and fundamentals of laboratory procedures for personnel working in a physician’s office, including clinical significance of laboratory results.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. List the clinical analysis areas of the laboratory and the types of laboratory procedures performed in the different areas.
  2. Describe the different types of personnel found in the clinical laboratory and their function.
  3. Distinguish between certification and licensure and become familiar with the requirements in the State of Nevada.
  4. List the safety guidelines for proper use of electrical equipment.
  5. Describe the information that Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must include.
  6. Identify the physical, chemical and biological hazards in the clinical laboratory and the proper techniques used when dealing with each type.
  7. Describe how the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA ‘88) will affect laboratory medicine in the future.
  8. Define quality control and quality assurance and list related policies and procedures.
  9. List the components for implementing a QA program.
  10. List the operating parts of a brightfield microscope and understand their function.
  11. Understand and apply frequently used units of measurement in the laboratory.
  12. Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of urinary system and the laboratory tests used to assess renal function.
  13. Describe proper collection techniques for laboratory samples (i.e., urine, blood, etc.).
  14. Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of cellular blood components and the laboratory tests used to assess them (i.e., hematology and coagulation tests).
  15. Describe the types of samples that can be analyzed in clinical chemistry.
  16. Identify routine and special chemistry tests and their associated pathophysiology.
  17. Describe the clinical laboratory’s role in toxicological testing (i.e., therapeutic vs. drugs of abuse).
  18. Explain the immune response and identify which cells and soluble substances are involved.
  19. List and explain the categories into which serologic tests are classified (i.e., ELISA, agglutination, etc.).
  20. Identify types of specimens commonly submitted for microbiological analysis.
  21. Describe common clinical bacterial, fungi, and viral isolates.
  22. Describe rejection criteria, sample handling rules and proper storage indications for all types of clinical specimens.
  23. Communicate effectively in written and spoken English.
  24. Demonstrate effective time management skills.
  25. Project an image of professionalism in appearance and demeanor.
  26. Show respect for self, classmates and instructors.

Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Graded: Letter Grade

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