Specimen Processing SP.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 18 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Allied Health
Effective as of Fall 2012

What is "Specimen Processing"?

The Specimen Processing certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the clinical laboratory setting performing specimen collection, quality assurance and other techniques fundamental to specimen processing. The program is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of medical terminology, lab rules and regulations, and universal precautions for a clinical laboratory.

Program Outcomes

  • Describe careers available in the laboratory field, definitions of licensure, certification, registration and accreditation, as well as the major routine laboratory tests in Blood Banking, Hematology, Chemistry, Immunology, Microbiology and Urinalysis.
  • Describe quality assurance procedures, components of a quality plan, controls, validation, proficiency testing and significance of accuracy, precision, sensitivity, specificity, types and sources of errors in the clinical laboratory, corrective action and preventive action.
  • Describe universal precautions, hazards encountered in the clinical laboratory, biosafety, radiation safety and the compliance standards of regulatory agencies.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist for certificate completers in hospital laboratories, research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology companies.

Additional Information

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program: View the Gainful Employment Information


Course Title Credits
ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2
ALH 1113 Clinical Phlebotomy 2
ALH 1114 Clinical Phlebotomy Practice 2
ALH 1115 Specimen Processing 2
BIO 1107 Human Biology 3
BTN 1120 Laboratory Safety & Regulatory Compliance 2
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology 2
(COM 2206 OR COM 2211 OR COM 2225) 3
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.