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Health Careers Education
Medical Office Laboratory Procedures (FY2012)
" Students receive and overview of patient preparation, collection, handling, quality control and transporting of specimens for the most common CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) waived laboratory tests performed in a doctor's office. Furthermore, students demonstrate how to complete medical laboratory request forms and laboratory/pathology reports."
Jody Wemhaner or David Wiggins
Course Objectives are:
1. Identify proper medical office lab documentation and reports.
2. Explain laboratory safety procedures for the physician’s office clinic.
3. Identify safety techniques that can be used to prevent accidents and maintain a safe work environment.
4. Describe the importance of Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in a physician’s office.
5. Discuss requirements for responding to hazardous material clean up and disposal.
6. Evaluate the laboratory environment to identify safe vs. unsafe working conditions.
7. Prepare the patient, perform venipuncture, label, provide proper storage, and deliver the blood specimen.
8. Demonstrate hematology tests following safety and quality control guidelines to protect yourself and others.
9. Demonstrate quality control measures for lab tests to ensure the accuracy of a high quality specimen.
10. Follow all safety guidelines when handling specimens, follow test manufacturer or laboratory procedures.
11. Collect and process specimens according to the guidelines set forth by the CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments).
12. Properly perform the CLIA waved tests for the following body systems: Urinary, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Microbiological and Hematological.
13. Demonstrate the proper use of a microscope.
14. Demonstrate the proper collection and transportation of lab specimens.

Unit exams. Skill Check-offs on all competencies in the physician’s office lab setting.
Competencies are aligned and validated by industry (advisory committees) according to job tasks/requirements for MA positions. This course is aligned with CRB-AAMA entry-level competencies for the Medical Assistant.

This course will package the lab components previously taught in Clinical Procedures I and II courses, that industry standards deem necessary and AAMA accreditation require, making both Clinical Procedures courses more manageable. This course will allow students to show potential employers their physician’s office laboratory skill sets in one course that encompasses the following: (a) training in performing CLIA Waved lab tests, (b) preparation and proper collection and handling of specimens, and (c) properly completing laboratory/pathology forms and reports.
“Today’s Medical Assistant Clinical and Administrative Procedures” Bonewit-West, Hunt, Applegate, Saunders Elsevier, 2009.

“Lab Notes Guide to Lab and Diagnostic Tests” 2nd Ed. Hopkins, F.A. Davis Company, 2009.
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