|Essential Observational Requirements
- Observe laboratory demonstrations in which body fluids and other biologicals are tested
for their biochemical hematological, immunological, and microbiological characteristics.
- Characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of body fluids, reagents, or
- Use a binocular microscope to discriminate among fine structural and color differences
in microscopic specimens.
- Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print, on instrument scales,
or video monitors.
- Observe biological samples and their labeling to assess the acceptability of samples
- Observe and describe colonial morphology of bacteria.
- Observe and quantitate the degree of agglutination or other antigen-antibody reaction.
|Essential Movement Requirements
- Move freely and safely about the laboratory and campus.
- Reach laboratory work stations, shelves, the interior of refrigerators and cupboards,
and patients in hospital beds or seated in specimen collection furniture.
- Travel to assigned sites for course work or practical experience.
- Perform moderately taxing physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting and repetitive
motions over several hours.
- Gather equipment needed to perform assigned procedures.
- Maneuver phlebotomy and culture acquisition equipment to collect valid laboratory
specimens from patients safely.
- Control small pieces of laboratory equipment such as pipettes and inoculating loops,
and make sensitive adjustments to laboratory instruments.
- Use an electronic keyboard to operate instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate,
and transmit information.
- Use equipment and instruments according to manufacturer’s guidelines and established
|Essential Intellectual Requirements
- Read and comprehend technical and professional materials such as textbooks, professional
journals, laboratory procedures, and instructional manuals.
- Apply these intellectual skills: comprehension, measurement, mathematical calculation,
reasoning, integration, analysis, comparison, self-expression, and criticism.
- Exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations.
- Apply knowledge of related sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics,
to laboratory test procedures.
- Apply knowledge to the interpretation of laboratory test results, including correlation
of results with diagnoses.
- Apply knowledge to the assessment of laboratory results, taking appropriate action
when invalid or grossly abnormal results occur.
|Essential Communication Requirements
- Follow verbal and written instructions to perform assigned procedures correctly and
- Effectively and sensitively communicate with patients and others identifying and valuing
cultural and religious differences.
- Use appropriate terminology to instruct patients and others prior to specimen collections,
adjusting communication style to meet the needs of the patient and situation.
- Respect patients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality.
- Communicate effectively and clearly with faculty, students, staff, and other health
care professionals verbally, in writing, and/or via graphical presentations.
- Use facility guidelines and legal requirements concerning methods of sending and receiving
information, including test results and other patient information.
- Independently prepare papers and laboratory reports, and take paper, computerized,
and practical examinations.
|Essential Behavioral Requirements
- Manage time in order to prioritize and complete professional and technical tasks efficiently.
- Employ intellect and exercise professional judgment effectively, seeking clarification
or assistance when needed.
- Be able to provide professional and technical services under the stressful conditions
of the clinical laboratory, including (but not limited to): ambiguous test ordering,
ambivalent interpretations, emergent demands, and a distracting environment.
- Identify and operate within the scope of professional practice.
- Be flexible and creative in adapting to professional and technical change.
- Recognize potentially unpleasant and/or hazardous materials, equipment, and situations,
and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to self and others.
- Support and promote the activities of fellow students, health care professionals,
and health care organizations.
- Promote a team approach to learning, task completion, problem solving, and patient
- Perform honestly, compassionately, ethically, and responsibly, admitting errors and
taking corrective action where appropriate.