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Laboratory Training for COVID-19 Molecular Testing

Learn how to plan for and establish COVID-19 testing in your laboratory to ensure accurate, timely and impactful results.

1,973 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    1 week
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Understand the components of COVID-19 testing in the laboratory

With the world reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, testing capacity has emerged as a major issue. Adequate testing capacity for SARS-CoV-2 is crucial to halting the outbreak.

On this course, you’ll learn how to plan for and establish COVID-19 testing in your laboratory and ensure results are accurate, timely and impact on patient care and public health decisions.

Using practical exercises, you’ll learn how to perform site readiness assessment, and how to interpret testing data. When combined with practical on-site training on test procedures for specific tests, you’ll come away with the skills needed to ensure quality COVID-19 test results in your setting.

What topics will you cover?

  • Biosafety for COVID-19 testing
  • Setting up the laboratory for COVID-19 testing
  • Specimens for COVID-19 testing and their collection, packaging, storage and transportation
  • Integrating COVID-19 workflows with TB and / or HIV testing
  • Reporting COVID-19 test results

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Perform and establish COVID-19 testing in your laboratory and ensure results are accurate, timely and impact on patient care and public health decisions.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals involved in the testing and diagnosis of COVID-19, with a focus on low- and middle-income settings.

This may include Ministry of Health officials, laboratory managers, laboratory technologists and technicians, clinicians, programme managers, implementing partners, and others involved in laboratory testing for COVID-19.

Who will you learn with?

I work at FIND, the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, based in Cape Town, South Africa. I support the uptake and appropriate use of diagnostics to achieve impact.

Who developed the course?

FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics

FIND is a global non-profit organization that drives innovation in the development and delivery of diagnostics to combat major diseases affecting the world’s poorest populations. We turn complex diagnostic challenges into simple solutions through unique partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors.

African Society for Laboratory Medicine

The African Society for Laboratory Medicine is an independent, non-profit organisation founded in 2011 that coordinates, galvanises and mobilises relevant stakeholders from the local to international levels to improve local access to world-class diagnostic services and ensure healthy African communities. ASLM is the first pan-African society for laboratory professionals, endorsed by the African Union and supported by multiple African Ministers of Health through its Ministerial Call for Action.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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