MEDA203 Laboratory Procedures

Department of Professional Studies: Medical Assisting

I. Course Number and Title
MEDA203 Laboratory Procedures
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
MEDA120 (C or better) or BIOL115 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a laboratory introduction to microscopic and chemical analysis of blood and urine as performed in the physician's office. Basic procedures for diagnostic tests, including the handling and preservation of specimens, urinalysis, and capillary and venous blood withdrawal are performed.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of safety and regulatory guidelines in a medical laboratory;
    2. demonstrate proper venipuncture and capillary puncture;
    3. collect blood, urine, and throat specimens; and
    4. perform clinical, hematology, microbiology and immunology testing.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. laboratory procedures
    2. safety and regulatory guidelines in medical laboratory
    3. introduction to medical laboratory
    4. phlebotomy: venipuncture and capillary puncture
    5. hematology testing techniques
    6. urinalysis testing techniques
    7. basic microbiology
    8. specialty laboratory section
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance-based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 5/03; Revised 4/05; Revised 12/09; New Core 8/2015