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Updated April 14, 2014Competency Assessment Program 2009 Comprehensive Curriculum

Comprehensive, Customizable, and Convenient Comprehensive, Customizable, and Convenient

Managing competency requirements in the laboratory can be challenging. It seems every clinical laboratory is facing increased demands on staff and resources. While the problems may be similar, each laboratory is unique and requires a competency assessment and training program tailored to its distinct needs. To help you manage, the College of American Pathologists offers the Competency Assessment Program.


Dozens of assessment and training courses in 11 laboratory disciplines offer customized learning that is triggered by responses to questions. Courses are supported with extensive references just a click away. All CAP courses offer CE as well.


Tools to customize existing courses or checklists (or create your own from scratch) allow you to tailor the program to your lab. More than 130 instrument-specific checklists are supplied by manufacturers for competency assessments or training.


Extensive management reports help you track performance, ranging from individual employee results to comparisons of your lab with peers taking the same courses. All courses are delivered online on your schedule. World-class experts help us develop course materials and gather images. We use outstanding education experts who employ best-practice education techniques and methodologies. Then we pull it all together into a single, comprehensive program. All so you can offer education that’s up-to-date, high-quality, and interesting for your staff, with far less work than it would take for you to develop courses on your own.

Assessment Courses Assessment Courses

Every six months, Competency Assessment Program publishes a new set of assessment courses in eleven disciplines. These courses include high-resolution color images, interactive exercises, and state-of-the-art education techniques.

Competency Assessment Program — Assessment Course Schedule
Discipline January 2014 Release July 2014 Release
Blood Banking/ Transfusion Medicine Direct antiglobulin test ABO typing discrepancies
Chemistry Clinical toxicology Electrolytes, acid, base, and anion gap
Hematology and Coagulation Erythrocyte morphology White blood cell inclusions
Histology Immunohistochemistry part 2 Histology specimen handling
Immunology Monitoring the testing process in Immunology Human chorionic gonadotropin and fetal fibronectin
Microbiology Genital cultures The microbiology of wounds
Phlebotomy / Specimen Processing Phlebotomy professionalism and ethics Routine venipuncture performance
Point-of-Care Testing Provider performed testing Point-of-care urine reagent strip testing
Quality Programs/Management Document control New instrument method validation
Safety Hazardous chemicals Laboratory waste and spill management
Urinalysis Microscopic urinalysis part 2 Serous and synovial fluids

Pro Courses Pro Courses — Extra Courses, Extra CE
In addition to assessment courses, Competency Assessment Program includes an ever-expanding library of stand-alone courses. We call them Pro Courses.

Self-paced, interactive, and CE credit-bearing, Pro Courses include the same level of challenging, in-depth content featured in the assessment courses, but instead of scored assessments, Pro Courses offer educational material interspersed with ungraded questions that reinforce learning.

Because of this straightforward design, Pro Courses are perfect for use as:

  • Supplemental refreshers for current employees
  • Training for recently-hired laboratory staff
  • Introductions to new areas for experienced staff
  • Training to fulfill CE requirements

Like assessment courses, Pro Courses offer a bookmarking feature that allows participants to come back to any course and pick up right where they left off.

Competency Assessment Program — Pro Course Schedule
Discipline January 2014 Release July 2014 Release
Blood Banking/ Transfusion Medicine Hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn and perinatal testing Quality Control in the blood bank laboratory
Chemistry Cardiac biomarkers Therapeutic drug monitoring
Hematology and Coagulation Erythrocyte inclusions White blood cells
Histology Ensuring Quality in the Histology Laboratory Immunohistochemistry part 1
Immunology Hepatitis testing Serology kit tests
Microbiology Monitoring the Testing Process: Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) in the Microbiology Laboratory Microbiology of the gastrointestinal tract
Phlebotomy/Specimen Processing Common pitfalls in specimen processing General specimen handling and transportation requirements
Point-of-Care Testing Point-of-Care whole blood glucose testing Point-of-Care blood gases
Quality Programs/Management Laboratory Management--Investigating Occurrences Development and implementation of a quality management program
Safety Bloodborne pathogens General laboratory safety
Urinalysis/Body Fluids Physical and chemical urinalysis Microscopic urinalysis part 1

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 • How to use the program to satisfy
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