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Cara Calvo
LAB M 419
Seattle Campus

Clinical Coagulation

Lecture and laboratory coverage of the theory of the hemostatic system, to include tests used in the diagnosis/monitoring of patients with abnormal bleeding and/or thrombosis. Instrumentation as appropriate for testing included. Quality control and quality assurance discussed. Limited to medical technology students. Offered: A.

Class description

The study of how blood clots and doesn't clot in health and in cases of disease, acquired or inherited; the laboratory diagnosis and treatment monitoring of bleeding and thrombotic disorders.

Student learning goals

Students will be able to competently perform a broad range of tests and procedures with application in the contemporary coagulation laboratory.

Students will be able to effectively communicate tests results in written and spoken English using conventional medical terminology.

Students will be able to discuss the processes involved when blood clots, the pathophysiology underlying disorders of hemostasis, and the laboratory evaluation and monitoring of these disorders.

Students will be able to critique various anticoagulant therapy scenarios for selection of appropriate lab tests for monitoring dosing, to recognize appropriate testing frequency, and to identify test results indicating appropriate and inappropriate anticoagulant dosing.

Students will be able to adapt their knowledge and skills learned in this course to new situations.

Students will be able to demonstrate an image of professionalism including appearance, dress, and confidence.

General method of instruction

Lectures use clinical cases and relevant anecdotes to present subject content using visual aids like PowerPoint. Lectures will be periodically interrupted to ask students focused questions to check their understanding and aid retention of information. Active Learning students engage in hands-on lab exercises, work independently to complete work assignments, write lab reports, respond to questions on quizzes and exams, and orally present data and discuss clinical cases to foster critical thinking skills, reinforce learning, and advance psychomotor development. Cooperative Learning students work together and with instructors to accomplish specific goals that include but are not limited to completing specific analyses in a limited time frame, readying instruments for use in testing, and assessing lab test results that may be used to make clinical decisions. Discussion through the use of clinical cases, students engage in discussion with instructors which aids further development of critical thinking and communication skill.

Recommended preparation

Biochemistry, LabM 321 Introductory Clinical Hematology, and must be a medical technology student.

Class assignments and grading

Writing: laboratory reports, quizzes, examinations; on-line learning module: MTS Coagulation Tutor; and case study exercise.

Three exams representing 45% of the final grade (weighted 10, 15, and 20% respectively), 4 lab exercises representing 40% of the total grade, Quizzes representing 5% of the total grade, Case Study Exercise representing 7% of the total grade, MTS Coagulation Tutor On-line Exercise representing 1% of the total grade, and Professionalism Evaluation representing 2% of the final course grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Cara Calvo
Date: 07/01/2010