Students who are gearing up to study for a job in medical lab technology need to learn — at the minimum — basics in chemistry, hematology, immunology, microscopic techniques, and bacteriological processes. These studies are specific to careers in clinical laboratory or biomedical sciences, medical technology, and life sciences such as biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and other medical tech positions. The following resources are categorized, and they contain links to tools that you can use now to learn more about the specifics in this career choice. From online free courses to flashcards and links to organizations in this field, you can tap into a wide range of tools that can add that touch of success to your studies.
- AP Chemistry Course and Exam Topics: About.com’s Chemistry topic is filled with resources, but none more important than this outline about what the Advanced Placement (AP) chemistry course and exam.
- Chemical Portal: This site is all about the rules, the basics, the tools (such as a chemical equation balancer), and a forum that can be your best resource before and during college. The site also keeps an up-to-date news resource.
- Chemistry for Biology: The purpose of this University of Arizona tutorial is to introduce you to some of the chemical concepts which are necessary to understand biology.
- Chemistry Laboratory Techniques: This is an MIT OpenCourseWare module, which includes a series of chemistry laboratory instructional videos called the Digital Lab Techniques Manual. Search through MIT’s courses to find more free study materials that might fit your medical lab tech studies.
- NIST Chemistry WebBook: This site provides thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the Standard Reference Data Program.
- Sparknotes Chemistry: This is an easy-to-use and handy basic information resource that covers the Periodic Table, Atomic Structure, gases, bonding, stoichiometry and more. An ideal tool to bookmark.
- American Society of Hematology Education Program Book: The American Society of Hematology (ASH) publishes one volume per year, and this site contains the current issue, archives, and and alert to remind you that the next issue is available. ASH also has a website that contains other tools for hematology studies.
- Bloodline: This site is a reference site containing links to important hematology sites and resources on the Internet. The site also places emphasis on the publication of original content and improving the site’s editorial focus and scientific validity.
- Experimental Hematology: The Society for Hematology and Stem Cells (ISEH) focuses on promoting the scientific knowledge and clinical application of basic hematology, immunology, stem cell research, cell and gene therapy and related aspects of research.
- Hematology I — Advanced Standing Hematology: Thomas B. Wiggers, M.S., SH, a professor in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, offers his course online to help his students and others.
- HemeTeam: HemeTeam is a companion to hematological studies. Their notes on the pathogenesis, manifestations and treatment of common blood diseases are frequently updated to reflect advances in research.
- Basic Immunology: This Slideshare presentation on this topic covers all the basics in visual detail.
- Basic Immunology Lecture Notes: This free download provides a firm basic understanding of immunology as a science, and puts the deeper material of the subject into much needed context.
- Immunology basics: This is an OpenCourseWare project and a module framework provided by the University of Nottingham, and suitable for undergraduate levels. It can be viewed online or downloaded as a .zip file.
- Immunology basics for Micro Exam 1: The Flashcard Machine provides great learning tools, and this one is specific to immunology basics. View the cards online, or print them for study away from the computer. You also can create your own set of flashcards.
- Introduction to Immunology: The Biology Project at the University of Arizona provides problems with multiple-choice answers. Correct answers are reinforced and incorrect answers are linked to tutorials to help solve the problem.
- Course Introduction & Microscopic Techniques: The University of Delaware’s Histology Department offers a Power Point presentation on technique, and dozens of other topics that focus on microscopic techniques.
- Microscopic Techniques [PDF]: Use this document to learn more about optical microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and electron microscopy.
- Microscopy Imaging Techniques: This page outlines the different types of microscopy and provides a brief introduction to each technique. The parent site, Microscope Master, provides many other tools, too.
- Microscopy Primer: The microscope is detailed in history, components, basics, and in geometric and physical optics and illumination. A page is reserved for special microscopy techniques.
- Bacteriology: the study of bacteria: This short article holds many links to specifics about bacteriology, including sterilization procedures and how to isolate bacteria from Limburger cheese.
- Bacteriology Study Notes For Medical Assistants: The MA Exam Help site carries information about a variety of technological processes in the medical field, including this helpful reference.
- Bacteriology Test 2 Study guide: This study guide offers 308 terms and definitions to help study in this field. Quizlet also offers students the ability to create their own flashcards.
- Chegg Bacteriology: Students on more than 7,000 campuses nationwide use Chegg 365 days a year for homework help, course selection, textbook and eTextbook options, scholarships, student deals, and other options. This link leads directly to bacteriological discussions.
- Microbiology Lecture Notes and Study Guides: This site includes five units and study guides that tackle topics such as bacterial morphology, bacterial metabolism, and biochemical media.