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Microbiology (MICRB)

MICRB 151A Clinical Chemistry for Medical Laboratory Technicians (5) Basic principles and procedures for measuring chemical components of blood and other body fluids.

MICRB 151A Clinical Chemistry for Medical Laboratory Technicians (5)

This course is taken with (or before) Micrb 151D - Clinical Chemistry Practicum. Topics include:
laboratory safety; phlebotomy; quality assurance; lab math; instrumentation in clinical chemistry; measurement of carbohydrates, proteins, electrolytes, lipids, hormones, enzymes, tests of kidney and liver function, and their clinical significance. Laboratory sessions focus on basic measurement techniques, using spectrophotometry.

Upon completion of Micrb 151A, the student will be able to:
1. Perform mathematical calculations necessary to prepare reagents, analyze data, calculate results, and analyze specimens in the clinical chemistry department.
2. Recognize pre-analytical errors related to specimen collection.
3. Describe methods and interpret the clinical significance of common chemical analyses.
4. Discuss the theory of operation of basic chemistry instruments and apply these principles to the use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of these instruments.
5. Perform common chemical analyses in student lab.
6. Assess the validity of patient results by correlating laboratory data with quality control results.
7. Demonstrate methods of maintaining a safe working environment in the chemistry laboratory.
8. Relate the clinical significance of chemistry assay results to case study presentations.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: BIOL 141, CHEM 202, MICRB 150, MICRB 201, MICRB 202

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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