College of American Pathologists

  Competency Assessment Program
  2015 Comprehensive Curriculum

  Competency 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. Extensive management reports help you track performance, ranging from individual employee results to comparisons of your lab with peers taking the same courses. The Safety & Compliance courses to help you manage your safety training needs but with the added convenience of making assignments and keeping records with the rest of your Competency program.


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.


All courses are delivered online on your schedule. Subject-matter experts help us develop course materials and gather images, and we integrate 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 2015 Release July 2015 Release
Blood Banking/ Transfusion Medicine Antibody screen and identification Transfusion reactions
Chemistry Liver and renal testing Chemistry quality control, calibration, and reportable range
Hematology and Coagulation Common coagulation tests Platelet testing, morphology, and disorders
Histology Safety issues in the histology laboratory Special stains
Immunology Qualitative HIV testing Molecular amplification methods for detection of infectious diseases
Microbiology Gram stain: organism detection and differentiation Urine and body fluid cultures
Phlebotomy / Specimen Processing Challenges of phlebotomy: pediatric blood collection, alternate sites, and difficult draws Specimen collection for workplace urine drug testing programs and forensic drug and alcohol testing
Point-of-Care Testing Point-of-care whole blood prothrombin time and INR (PT/INR) testing Cardiac biomarkers
Quality Programs/Management Monitoring the quality control program Competency evaluation
Safety Fire and electrical safety Ergonomics
Urinalysis Cerebrospinal fluid analysis Semen analysis

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 2015 Release July 2015 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/Body Fluids Microscopic urinalysis part 2 Serous and synovial fluids

Safety & Compliance courses for the laboratory

Add these courses to your Competency Assessment Program subscription

Unlike other safety and compliance courses, you can pull these “off the shelf” for your employees because they are designed for clinical laboratories. The illustrations and examples in the courses are lab-specific and you’ll find them appropriate for your employees. All seven courses are included in the package for one low price and are available year-round. The content is appropriate for annual laboratory compliance training and for clinical laboratory science students prior to clinical rotations.

Competency Assessment Program — Safety & Compliance Courses



OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Addresses the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard as it applies to clinical and medical laboratories. Covers major bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B and HIV. Focuses on proper handling of sharps, personal protective equipment (PPE), engineering controls such as microbiological safety cabinets, and proper work practices like hand-washing.

OSHA Chemical Hygiene

Describes the OSHA Chemical Hygiene Standard and helps satisfy OSHA requirements for annual training. Explains Haz-Com, the National Fire Protection Agency diamond, Material Safety Data Sheet along with common sense laboratory safety rules applied to clinical laboratory practice.

OSHA Electrical Safety

Addresses electrical safety and electrical hazards commonly found in the clinical laboratory. Covers prevention and safety measures, fighting electrical fires, and treatment of electrical injuries.

OSHA Fire Safety

Teaches the basics of fire safety in the clinical laboratory including classes of fire and key acronyms such as PASS and RACE. Addresses fire prevention, drills, and firefighting techniques.

OSHA Formaldehyde

Covers essentials for any laboratory that uses formaldehyde or formalin. Shares facts about formaldehyde, safety risks, proper handling procedure, monitoring, spill clean-up, and personal protective equipment in this comprehensive course.

Tuberculosis Awareness

Provides background information about spread of TB, PPD testing procedures, CDC guidelines, and methods of control.

Medical Errors and Patient Safety

Includes potential causes of medical errors in the clinical laboratory, important legislation and definitions along with steps laboratory professionals can take to reduce the impact of medical errors in the workplace. Serves as an ideal part of an effective medical error reduction program and appropriate for both experienced and newer laboratory personnel.

Note: The Safety & Compliance course package must be purchased in conjunction with Competency Assessment Program subscription; it’s not available for purchase separately. Safety & Compliance courses listed above do not offer continuing education credit.


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