Parkview School of MLS: Clinical Chemistry

Students said on their evaluations of this department:

"Each instructor answered questions, gave advice, and quizzed me.  These all helped me understand the information I received from reading."

In the clinical chemistry department, the MLS primarily:

  • evaluates patient specimens to ensure accurate results
  • performs chemistry testing on blood serum, plasma, and other body fluids
  • interprets the results of testing and troubleshoots erroneous results to ensure accurate testing
  • maintains the instruments to keep them in working condition and troubleshoots instruments that are not working properly
  • uses statistical tools to evaluate quality control results and ensure accurate results

Course Description

Lecture, reading, and laboratory rotation will cover the theory and performance of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis of blood and body fluids by manual and automated methods.  Methodologies covered are:  spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, chromatography, nephelometry, ion selective electrodes, and immunoassays using radioactive, enzyme, fluorescent, and chemiluminescent labels.  Other topics included are:  the explanation and correlation of diseases and other conditions that produce abnormal results, safety, biostatistics, computer applications, laboratory information systems, point-of-care testing, lab math, molecular testing, HIPAA, quality control, quality assurance, calibration, and basic troubleshooting of chemistry analyzers. Quality assurance/quality improvement as applied to pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services are also covered.

7 semester hours

A rack of patient specimens awaits laboratory testing

Learn how to properly utilize automated instruments to obtain accurate patient results for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases like diabetes and hyperthyroidism