Online Courses in Laboratory Technology
Most courses in an online laboratory program are introductory, with some programs having multiple levels of a course such as chemistry. The descriptions below detail the typical curriculum of some commonly offered online laboratory technology courses.
- Medical Laboratory Technology: This course is the foundation for all other medical laboratory technology coursework. Students learn medical terminology, organization of the lab, care of laboratory equipment and supplies, basic laboratory techniques and safety, professional ethics and research skills.
- Chemistry and Clinical Chemistry: After a basic general chemistry course, students learn how to correlate chemical principles and the function of medical laboratories. They then study how to perform many diagnostic techniques and correlate their findings with specific disorders.
- Microbiology: The study of microbiology trains students to perform and interpret microbiology procedures and understand the theories associated with them. They learn to process, handle and work up specimens.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology: The focus of this course is on the function and structure of tissues, cells and organ systems. Related medical terminology is also often included.
- Hematology: Students learn the function and classification of blood cells and clotting proteins. Specifics that are learned include identifying cells, leukemias, body fluid analysis, hemostasis and anemias. Correlation of lab findings and disorders is emphasized.
- Urinalysis: Course work covers the multiple ways urine is examined. Often includes the study of other bodily fluids as well, including feces, spinal fluid and seminal fluid.
- Biochemistry: A biochemistry online course teaches students how to measure and analyze chemicals present in the human body. The principles of measurements and instrumentation used in biochemical tests are discussed to enable students to perform clinical tests.
- Immunology: Students learn about the human body's immune system in this online course. Learning about the functions and components of the immune system will lead to a study of its interaction with other agents, and understanding the clinical applications of these concepts.
Distance learning courses and classes in laboratory technology are generally included in medical or clinical laboratory technology associate's programs. These programs commonly include both online coursework and in-person lab components, essentially making them hybrid programs. Students enrolled in online laboratory technology programs are typically taught how to perform the less complex laboratory tests that help physicians detect, diagnose and treat disease.
You can combine the flexibility of distance learning with your interest in laboratory technology through online or hybrid coursework. Topics may include various medical disciplines, such as urinalysis and immunology, as well as more general chemistry and anatomy classes.