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