Clinical Chemistry Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MLAB-2401-002 Clinical Chemistry


Course Description

An introduction to the principles, procedures, physiological basis, and significance of testing performed in Clinical Chemistry. Includes quality control, reference values, and safety.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 3 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Clinical Chemistry: Fundamentals and Laboratory Techniques, Donna L. Larson. 2017, ISBN: 978-1-4557-4214-1

Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference 2015, ISBN: 978-0-323-22576-2 
(Also available as an ebook:( Click here )


The following includes a general list of lecture and lab supplies: 

  • Textbook(s) and/or lab manual
  • Calculator
  • Transparent ruler
  • Portable tablet or laptop for in class testing with Respondus lockdown browser installed
  • Internet access
  • Printer and printing supplies
  • Moisture/fluid resistant lab coat
  • Facial shields
  • Sharpies
  • Pens/pencils/paper
  • Handouts


Student Performance

Upon the completion of this course, the student will be able to do all of the following with at least 70% accuracy as evaluated by the faculty in the program: (Reference: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-Workforce Education Course Manual)

  1. Apply principles of safety, quality assurance and quality control in Clinical Chemistry;
  2. Evaluate specimen acceptability for chemical analysis;
  3. Compare and contrast human body chemistry levels under normal and abnormal conditions;
  4. Explain and perform procedures found in a clinical chemistry laboratory; and
  5. Evaluate laboratory test outcomes and correlate test results with patient condition(s).

Specific learning/behavioral objectives for each lecture section and each laboratory exercise are distributed as part of the lecture/laboratory handouts.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Academic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of the college rules and regulations and is punishable as prescribed by Amarillo College Board policies. Academic dishonesty shall include, but is not limited to, cheating on a test/quiz/assignment, plagiarism, and collusion. Cheating shall include:
  • Copying from another student's test/assignment paper.
  • Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test/assignment (ex: notes, books, etc).
  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test/assignment without permission from the test/assignment administrator/instructor.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an administered/unadministered test/assignment.
  • The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the administered/unadministered test/assignment.
  • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self, to take a test/assignment.
  • Bribing another person to obtain an administered/unadministered test/assignment or information about an administered/unadministered test/assignment.
Plagiarism shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own written work.
Collusion shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.
Students may not use books, computer websites, or collaborate with another individual when completing quizzes, exams, or assignments in this course unless specifically directed to do so by their instructor.
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We are committed to providing these things to ensure that a graduate has the skills and knowledge to obtain and advance in their chosen profession. Therefore, professional education must address more than academic and skills training in order to meet this challenge. Business and industry state that their greatest need is for employees who possess strong work ethics. Therefore, we accept the challenge of providing not only academic and hands-on training but also work ethics training to students. The work ethics program is important because it provides the link between academic knowledge, skills training and successful employment in the workforce. The program focuses on those behaviors expected in a professional environment.
The following work ethics have been identified as being most important to professional employers, and will be covered and evaluated on a weekly basis, each semester, throughout the program:
  • Attendance
  • Character
  • Teamwork
  • Appearance
  • Attitude
  • Productivity
  • Organization
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Respect
NOTE: If a student is absent during a scheduled lecture/lab period, he/she cannot be awarded points for work ethics during that missed lecture/lab period.
Cellular telephones and pagers are disruptive during lecture and lab sessions. Cellular telephones and pagers should be turned-off during class time, or set on vibrate or "blink" during class time. If the student anticipates an emergency during class time, they should leave the number for the Student Services Office with their contact. The number is 371-5300.
Text/Instant Messaging is NOT permitted when lectures and labs are in session.  It is disruptive and disrespectful to fellow students and the course instructor. Students who are caught engaging in either of these will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to:
  1. Being asked to leave class for the remainder of the day
  2. Mandatory conference with the Dean of Health Sciences
  3. Conference with the Vice President of Student Affairs and a permanent entry in the student's official program record

    The ONLY exception that will be made is if the student has discussed the situation with their instructor beforehand, and ONLY for emergency purposes.
If a student is having a problem with the course policies or the instructor, he or she should first try and resolve any such problems through the instructor. If the problem is not resolved, the student may proceed to the Program Director, the Dean of Health Sciences
, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the College President, IN THAT ORDER.

Grading Criteria

The lecture and laboratory components of this course will be weighted as follows:
Chemistry Lecture = 65% of the total grade

Chemistry Final = 25% of the total grade
Chemistry Lab = 5% of the total grade
Work Ethics = 5% of the total grade

Seven major examinations will be given over the lecture and reading material. A comprehensive final will also be given at the end of the course in both the lecture and laboratory portions of this course. There are homework questions for each chapter that must be completed before the beginning of the class in which that chapter will be discussed.  At the beginning of class there will be a quiz over the homework questions and if the student has not completed the homework questions they will not be allowed to take the quiz. A total accumulative point system is used, and then the points are weighted according to the categories, as noted above, in order to calculate the final grade average and is comprised of the following:

  • Assignments (Lab experiments, 5-15 points possible, lab study questions, 10 points possible; Notebooks, 50 points possible; etc.)
  • 7 major Lecture Examinations (100 points possible per exam), 1 lab practical (300 points possible)
  • 1 comprehensive final exam (Primarily covers lecture material, however laboratory procedures may be included, in the context of their relationship to the lecture material)
  • Quizzes (10-50 points possible, each)
  • Work ethics: (0-10 points possible per lecture and per lab, based on student demonstration of positive work ethic qualities, as evaluated by their instructor(s)). In addition, there will be discussions over each of the work ethics. Students will be required to post answers and also to give feedback regarding other student's postings. Each work ethic assignment will be worth an additional 10 points, based on the grading rubric for discussions.

1 comprehensive lecture final exam (200 points, possible)
1 comprehensive lab exam, with written and practical components (200 total points, possible)

The grading scale used for this course will be applied as follows:  

  • A = 90.0% - 100.0% of the total points possible for this course
  • B = 80.0% - 89.9% of the total points possible for this course
  • C = 70.0% - 79.9% of the total points possible for this course
  • F = 69.9% or less of the total points possible for this course

NOTE: A grade of 'D' is not possible

Points earned throughout the semester WILL NOT be rounded when computing the final semester grade.

In an effort to increase retention in MLT courses, and to assist students having difficulty understanding complex subject areas, any student who scores below a 75% on any exam (excluding the Final Exam) must complete a mandatory skills building assignment before taking the next exam. Before receiving a skills assignment, students must first schedule a time with the instructor. The assignment will be given at that time.  

Incompletes are granted only for emergency situations such as hospitalization of the student just prior to the final exam, serious injury to the student on the day of the final exam, etc. Incompletes will not be granted for situations involving vacation plans, transportation difficulties, appointments, etc. Students who need to request an incomplete must do so prior to the scheduled time of the final exam with appropriate documentation given to the instructor.




No administrative drops/withdrawals will be initiated by program officials.  It is the responsibility of each student to drop or withdraw from a course.  Students can drop a course ACconnect, and must do so prior to the last day to drop/withdraw as posted on the Amarillo College Master Calendar.  Students should be aware that failure to attend class does NOT result in being automatically dropped from a course, and WILL result in a grade of “F”. 


Students should be advised that they may repeat a MLAB course only one time, and may repeat no more than two courses while enrolled in the program. The term “repeat” shall be interpreted to mean re-enrollment following withdrawal, drop or an unsatisfactory grade from a class. Students who are forced to completely withdraw from the college during a given semester may re-apply for admission to the program. Once the student has actually begun the program, he/she must complete all MLAB major courses within 36 months.


Examinations and quizzes may not be made-up. 

Late assignments will not be accepted, and laboratory sessions cannot be made-up under any circumstances, due to the nature of the laboratory environment and viability of specimens. Students are also responsible for gathering the information that was covered in lab during their absence, but strongly encouraged to complete and submit all questions for each lab on or before the due date , in order to receive at least some credit for the missed lab.

Final examinations cannot be made up, unless an incomplete has been granted, and missing the exam will automatically result in an exam grade of "F".


Attendance and punctuality will be noted in this course in both lecture and in lab. Additionally, punctuality will be appraised in turning in assignments, completing exams and activities, labs, quizzes, etc. Students should be aware that these are an important component of their Work Ethics evaluations each week.


This is a tentative course calendar. The calendar may change depending on the pace of the class, instructor illness, LMS difficulties, etc. The instructor will always notify students, via course announce and/or course email, if there is going to be a change in the calendar. It is the student's responsibility to check course announcements and course email on a regular basis in order to be appraised of any changes in the calendar.









Ch 1 & Ch 3

Lab - Infection Control and Lab Safety

Lab  – Instrumentation


Ch 6 & Ch 7

Lab  - Spectrophotometer



Ch 8

Lab  - Enzymes

Exam 1 – Chapters 1, 3, 6, 7


Ch 9-11

Lab - Electrolytes



Ch 12

Lab  - Ca, Mg, Phos

Exam 2 – Chapters 8-11


Ch 13 & 14 7 19

Lab  – Arterial Blood Gases



Ch 15

Lab  – Total Protein and Albumin

Exam 3 – Chapter 12-14


Ch 16 & 17 & 18

Lab  – Lipid Panel



Ch 20

Lab  – Liver Enzymes

Exam 4 – Chapter 15-18


Ch 21 & 22 & 31

Lab - Bilirubin



Ch 23

Lab – GTT and HGB A1C

Exam 5 – Chapter 19-22 & 31


Ch 24 & 25 & 26

Lab - BUN, Creatinine



Ch 27

Lab -

Lab – Drug Monitoring and Alcohol Testing

Exam 6 – Chapters 23-26


Ch 28 & 29 & 30

Lab Practical



Ch 33 & 34

Lab Online Test


Final Exam




Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

10/19/21 11:28 AM

Last Edited on:

10/19/21 11:28 AM