MDLB 1611
Pre-Analytical Procedures for Histopathology

3.0 Credits

Description

This course is designed for the working Medical Laboratory Assistant and the basic concepts of pre-analytical histopathology including: anatomic pathology / histology specimens, preparation for cutting, processing and accessioning. It also includes a cytology component covering speci-men preparation, processing and accessioning.

Delivery Method

Web-based.

Prerequisites

Admission to the program or proof of graduation from a recognized Medical Laboratory Assistant program as well as current employment in a clinical lab and a letter from a qualified employer stating they are willing to support the training required for this course.

Objectives

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the histopathology laboratory in patient care.
  • Describe the forms of investigation offered by the histopathology laboratory.
  • Describe the types and sources of specimens submitted to the histopathology laboratory.
  • Describe and perform fixations.
  • Describe and perform identification of specimens.
  • Describe and perform tissue processing.
  • Describe and prepare slides, storage systems and perform filing.
  • Describe and perform prepatory techniques in cytology.

Course Outline

  • Module A: Roles of the Histopathology Laboratory and its Staff in Patient Care
  • Module B: Service and Types of Routine Investigation Offered by the Histopathology Laboratory
  • Module C: Other Forms of Investigation Offered by the Histopathology Laboratory
  • Module D: Types and Sources of Specimens Submitted to the Histopathology Laboratory
  • Module E: Fixation and Fixatives
  • Module F: Identification of Specimens for Histopathological Examination
  • Module G: Tissue Processing and Tissue Processors
  • Module H: Slides, Storage Systems and Filing
  • Module I: Describe Preparatory Techniques in Cytology

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at start of course.

Assessment

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final Exam 50%

In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall.

Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Successful completion of the practicum to the standards specified in the Evaluation of Competencies booklet is also required.