4 Credits, 6 Contacts
This course involves the study of interactions between microbes and humans and the practice of handling medically important microbes, blood and body fluids. Practical experiences include aseptic techniques in collecting, handling and testing of specimens. The student will learn how to accurately collect and process blood samples by mastering both phlebotomy and capillary blood collection techniques. Quality control issues of the clinical laboratory will be stressed along with OSHA standards of infection control. The safety and emergency practices of the medical office will be presented and evaluated through competencies.