Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This is the class that will get you prepped for the Externship. DO NOT take skills lightly at this time. Work on perfecting them to a level that you are comfortable doing them in front of judging eyes. Be sure that you are using proper technique and feel confident in medications. Medications are needed to know for the tests, as well as in the externship. Do not forget about basic clinical tests in the class. The book reading is not as important. but be sure you read the summary of the chapters and look at the main terms that are used. If you know your clinical stuff you are good. Most all assignments and tests are based on this knowledge. Some Microbiology is in it, as well as testing tubes colors (used for and order). a few scenario questions are given as well so be sure you have your common sense with you in the mindset of an office setting.
Besides the skills used such as EKG as well as certain examination processes and how to help with that you will really dive into your skills and brush up on venipunctures. Learning techniques for specialties is the key- pulmonology, cardiology, gynecology are all covered with tests needed for each. Keep on top of how to draw, spin, and order lab work as this is covered a lot in this class and will need to be done weekly. Also CLIA waved testing is gone over a lot and will need to be examined as well. these are done in each class so be sure to be confident on signs, symptoms, values, etc.
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KNOW YOUR TUBES! Colors, additives, order of draw, how to use a lab requisition form are all used and stretched a lot. In this course really get to know medications and what they are used for. common medications are important to ready for externship and your capstone. If you do not review these in class you look like a fool during the externship. Shine in the class to also shine in the field.