Clinical Laboratory Competencies is designed to furnish the Medical Assisting student with the theory, rationale and technical applications of the medical assisting profession. Theoretical and practical applications are presented, demonstrated and practiced by the student in the areas of hematology and clinical chemistry. Hematological screening and diagnostic procedures include aseptic blood collection (both venous and capillary), blood cell counts, erythrocyte sedimentation rates, coagulation studies and other miscellaneous tests are covered. Also included is the chemical and microscopic evaluation of urine specimens. Practical procedures include venipuncture techniques, the use of a microscope, and the operation of the centrifuge and chemistry analyzer.