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AHEL 120 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory • 5 Cr.


First in a series designed to prepare students to work in a clinical laboratory setting. Provides overview of clinical laboratory work including organizational structures; regulatory standards; quality assurance practices; and basic clinical laboratory procedures. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Completion of AHE 100, 110, 120, 130, 140; HLTH 145; and AHEL 110 with a C or better at BC, or permission of instructor. Previously HPRO 146. Either HPRO 146 or AHEL 120 may be taken for credit, but not both.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the general structure, functions, and operation of a clinical laboratory and the roles and responsibilities of a clinical laboratory assistant.
  • Apply laboratory Safety and Quality Assurance procedures
  • Identify the laboratory tests associated with each clinical laboratory function.
  • Apply the theory associated with laboratory testing in the areas of chemistry, hematology, microbiology, toxicology, serology and urinalysis.
  • Apply skills in basic collection, testing and processing of point-of-care and CLIA waived tests pertinent to the clinical laboratory



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000