Fifty Shades of Yellow: A Review of Microscopic Urinalysis - 384-008-19

Fifty Shades of Yellow: A Review of Microscopic Urinalysis

by Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP)
(4.7 / 279 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
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Urinalysis provides important information about a patient’s renal and urinary tract status, as well as many other systemic disorders. The preliminary macroscopic urinalysis is often automated, using a chemically reactive dipstick or other device. It indicates whether a microscopic exam is necessary, according to each laboratory’s criteria. Some labs may routinely include the microscopic urinalysis as part of the test. Microscopic analysis reveals structures, cells, and artifacts that give valuable information about many disease states. While the macroscopic, or preliminary, testing detects the presence of chemicals and some structures present in the sample, microscopic analysis of the centrifuged sediment reveals all the insoluble and formed structures that have accumulated from the kidneys and the urinary tract. Identification of the structures present can help the healthcare professional with overall patient treatment.


The goal of this urinalysis continuing education course is to provide the laboratory professional with a comprehensive review of microscopic urinalysis. After studying the information here, you will be able to:
  • Outline the methods necessary for preparing urine samples for microscopic examination
  • Name the structures and cells present during a microscopic examination of urine sediment
  • Identify the disease states associated with microscopic urine findings and those structures found in healthy samples
Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Approval Information
This course is intended for laboratory professionals.
Relias LLC is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #384).
384-008-19 "Fifty Shades of Yellow: A Review of Microscopic Urinalysis" is approved 04/18/2019 to 04/30/2021.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 5/10/2017
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/10/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/30/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Melody H - fairfield, CA  ·  Feb 20, 2020
very helpful and makes you feel good knowing more
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Claudia M - Watsonville, CA  ·  Feb 19, 2020
Great test topic, a lot of new information gained from this course.
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Jesus M - MIAMI, FL  ·  Feb 15, 2020
this course will help thousands of healthcare professions make a better decision
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JENNIFER T - garden grove, CA  ·  Feb 11, 2020
great review of microscopic urinalysis
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Doris A - Miami, FL  ·  Feb 05, 2020
It's very informative.
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