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Fundamentals of Hemostasis (Online CE Course)

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Author: Carl T. Swithers BSMT (ASCP), CLS (NCA), MBA
Reviewer: Loretta Moffatt, MT(ASCP),MHA; Leah Coppolino, MPH, CLS(NCA), MT(ASCP); Rory Huschka, M.Ed., MT(ASCP)

This course identifies and discusses the aspects of primary and secondary hemostasis. The extrinsic, intrinsic, and common pathways that are part of the coagulation cascade are defined, and the various laboratory tests that are used to evaluate hemostasis are discussed.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-096-18, approved through 12/31/2020
Course number 20-642427, approved through 9/1/2020


  • Identify the factors that influence the effectiveness of hemostatic processes.
  • Describe the mechanisms that are involved in the arrest of blood flow from a damaged vessel.
  • Identify key aspects associated with primary and secondary hemostasis.
  • Explain the role of various coagulation components in hemostatic processes.
  • Define the extrinsic, intrinsic, and common pathways that are part of the coagulation cascade, identifying the coagulation factors that are associated with each pathway.
  • Describe the function of various laboratory tests in evaluating hemostasis.
  • Identify common coagulation disorders, their symptomology, and subsequent treatment.
  • Explain the role of the prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time in monitoring anticoagulation therapy.

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Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate

Intended Audience: Medical technologists, medical technology students, and those interested in reviewing the fundamentals of coagulation.

Author Credentials: Carl T. Swithers BSMT (ASCP), CLS (NCA), MBA, is a laboratory examiner with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, specializing in clinical regulatory compliance. A former generalist bench technologist, he also serves as adjunct faculty for an MLT program in Central Pennsylvania.

Reviewer Credentials: Loretta Moffatt, MT(ASCP), MHA, has over 35 years in clinical laboratory science education and serves as the program director for an MT program in North Central Pennsylvania.
Leah Coppolino, MPH, CLS(NCA), MT(ASCP) is the Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University.
Rory Huschka, M. Ed., MT(ASCP), has over 20 years of experience as a Medical Technologist, Technical Supervisor, and Professor. He is the former Director of Clinical Laboratory Science program at Brookline College. He is currently a Program Director at MediaLab, Inc. Rory holds a BS degree in Medical Technology from North Dakota State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. 

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