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 ENGL 093 with a C (2.0) or better. Completion of AHE 100, AHE 110, AHE 120, and BIOL 108 (or 241/242) with a C or better, or permission of Program Chair. Entry code required. See bellevuecollege.edu/ahe


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.