Urinalysis and Other Body Fluids 324-D and 324-C

Course Description

This course includes the study of urinalysis and other body fluids.  The didactic course, 324-D, is a prerequisite for the clinical course 324-C. Students will learn theory, performance, and interpretation of hematological procedures involving the gross, microscopic, physical, and chemical properties of urine and other body fluids.

General Objectives

Upon completion of the didactic and clinical portions of the hematology course, the student will correctly:

  • Explain, perform, and interpret manual and automated routine laboratory testing including QC and basic troubleshooting on the Siemens AUW (Atlas and UF 100), Clinitek 500 and hemacytometers following standard laboratory procedure;
  • List normal values and state reasons, both technical and biochemical, for abnormal values;
  • Record patient results in a legible manner and in the proper form;
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of various disease states and their associated laboratory findings by evaluating urinalysis chemical tests and results, and comparison of cerebral spinal fluid, serous fluid, and synovial fluid;
  • Evaluate acceptability of patient results based on QC, disease state, and previous values;
  • Follow standard safety precautions at all times in the laboratory; and
  • Function as an entry-level medical laboratory scientist.


Achievement of the urinalysis and other body fluid cognitive objectives, student laboratory psychomotor objectives, and affective objectives in the didactic and clinical microscopy course will be demonstrated by obtaining an average final grade of 80% or better on the tests, quiz, final exam, student evaluations, laboratory practical exams, and student laboratory grade.

Grading scale is as follows:

A = 94-100%
B = 86-93%
C = 80-85%
F = <80%


Strasinger, Susan King and Di Lorenzo, Margorie S. URINALYSIS AND BODY FLUIDS. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company,5th edition, 2008.

Quick Reference

Program in Medical Laboratory Science
Program Director: Beth Gaither, MT(ASCP)SM MBA

Tel: 336-716-4727


Department of Pathology 
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