Parkview School of MLS: Hematology & Coagulation

Students said on their evaluations of this department:

"Jim did an excellent job in explaining the logic behind tests and demonstrated proper technique from the beginning. He also allowed adequate independent time to figure things out. I really enjoyed this department!"

In the hematology department, the MLS primarily:

  • performs automated CBC (complete blood count) testing to quantify and describe the cells present in the patient's blood
  • interprets the results of CBC testing and makes a Wright-stained blood smear for abnormal results
  • views and interprets stained blood smears to describe the cell types and morphology of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in order to aid in the diagnosis of diseases like anemia and leukemia
  • performs testing for malaria and other blood parasites
  • performs cell counts on other body fluids

Course Description

Lecture, reading, and laboratory rotation will cover the proper collection of blood specimens, manual and automated testing, the theory and principle of cells including formation, morphology, and functions, the recognition of normal and abnormal cell morphology, special stains, molecular tests, cell markers, the description and classification of diseases producing abnormal test results, the theory and principles of tests performed to assess the above factors, safety, computer applications, the basic troubleshooting of hematology analyzers, theory and principles of the blood coagulation/fibrinolytic systems, the function of each coagulation factor, the description of diseases and conditions producing abnormal results, the correlation of test results to abnormal conditions/diseases, the theory and performance of coagulation tests, quality control, computer applications, basic trouble shooting, and safety. Quality assurance/quality improvement as applied to pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services are also covered.

8 semester hours

Student Julie Allen performs a complete blood count on a patient specimen

Learn all about blood cells and how to test for diseases like anemia and leukemia to aid in patient diagnosis and treatment