Parkview School of MLS: Urinalysis and Body Fluids

Students said on their evaluations of this department:

“Jim always explained everything thoroughly. Zach always made sure that I had all of my questions answered. They are awesome!”

In the Urinalysis Department, the MLS primarily:

  • performs automated chemistry testing on urine specimens
  • performs automated and manual microscopic analysis of urine to describe the particulate matter present in the specimen
  • interprets the results of testing and ensures accurate reporting of results
  • refers results that suggest urinary tract infection to microbiology for culture
  • performs cell counts and other testing on other body fluids
  • maintains the instrumentation and troubleshoots when the instrument is not working properly
  • performs miscellaneous rapid testing

Course Description

Lecture, reading, and laboratory rotation will cover the anatomy, physiology, and diseases of the renal system.  The theory, operation, quality control, and maintenance of the urinalysis analyzers, osmometer, and other miscellaneous testing is covered.  The microscopic examination of urine and other body fluids, principles of tests, sources of error, and correlation of test results to normal and abnormal physiological conditions are included.  Laboratory safety, quality assurance, HIPAA, and computer applications are also included. Quality assurance/quality improvement as applied to pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services are also covered.

3 semester hours

MLS Lori Mutz reviews patient results from the Iris automated urine analyzer

Learn how to perform accurate testing on urine samples via automated instrumentation, manual tests, and microscopic analysis