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Course Overview

The polymerase chain reaction is arguably one of the most common and useful molecular experimental techniques employed in diagnostic laboratories today. In the laboratory, the uses for PCR include disease and infection diagnosis, mutation detection, pathogen or pathogenic response detection, template amplification for downstream applications such as sequencing, and various other uses. This module serves as a review or introduction to the basics of polymerase chain reaction technology. Knowledge of a reaction‘s components and steps can aid a laboratory technologist in improving both troubleshooting and interpretation skills, both of which are important abilities to have and be constantly updating in the laboratory.

About the Course Author

Catherine Swift, MT(ASCP) is the clinical laboratory science editor for Relias Learning. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hastings College and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from North Colorado Medical Center. She has experience working in hospital laboratories, clinic laboratories, and research experience in microbiology as well as clinical research trials involving patients and various drug therapies for osteoporosis, endometriosis and bone density at Creighton University School of Medicine. Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Melissa Reske, BA, is a research associate 2 at the Medical College of Wisconsin and RPRD Diagnostics. She has more than 15 years of molecular biology, genetics, and genomics laboratory experience in basic science research and clinical diagnostic settings. Melissa Reske, BA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

  • Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel

    1.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel CE Provider #: 50-290 Clinical Laboratory Personnel will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

    1.00HOURS

    Relias LLC is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.
  • Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board

    1.00HOURS

    Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board (CEBroker Provider #50-290)


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-384-016-19
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2020-12-05
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe what is occurring during each of the phases of a polymerase chain reaction; Identify the basic components of the polymerase chain reaction and their functions within the reaction itself; Identify the main difference(s) between a basic polymerase chain reaction and a real-time polymerase chain reaction; Identify uses for the polymerase chain reaction in a diagnostic laboratory setting
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Clinical Laboratory Personnel.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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