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MDLB 1611: Pre-Analytical Procedures for Histopathology

Open Learning course registration will be unavailable due to maintenance on Friday, September 30, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

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.

Learning outcomes

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.
  • Describe and perfom all routine practices necessary to ensure a safe working environment.

Course topics

  • 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

Assessments

Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact exams@tru.ca with any questions about this.

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.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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