Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Clinical Laboratory Science


Celebrating 60 years of operation in 2007, AABB is an international association representing individuals and institutions involved in activities related to transfusion and cellular therapies, including transplantation medicine. AABB member facilities are responsible for collecting virtually all of the nation’s blood supply and transfusing more than 80 percent of all blood and blood components used in the United States.

American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC is an international society comprised of medical professionals with an interest in clinical chemistry, clinical laboratory science, and laboratory medicine. Founded in 1948, the society has over 9,000 members and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

What is Clinical Chemistry?
Clinical chemistry is what goes on when you have your blood tests done at the doctor’s office, and it also involves medical testing performed on other human fluids. Basically, clinical chemistry is medical testing that uses chemical processes, with those results applied to evaluating patient health.

American Society for Clinical Pathology

Since its founding in 1922, ASCP has been the leader in pathology and laboratory medicine. The society’s influence has guided the evolution and maturation of this medical specialty. ASCP is unique among pathology organizations in that its inclusive membership unites pathologists and laboratory professionals to advance the profession.

Over the years, ASCP’s education programs and the ASCP Board of Registry certification programs have provided the foundation for excellence in the profession. In addition, the society’s foresight and influence in creating the American Board of Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences established the structure to ensure the long-term strength and viability of pathology and laboratory medicine.

American Society for Hematology

The mission of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology.

American Society for Microbiology

The American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world. Membership has grown from 59 scientists in 1899 to more than 43,000 members today, with more than one third located outside the United States. The members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization plus a division for microbiology educators.

Microbiologists study microbes--bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, mycoplasma, fungi, algae and protozoa--some of which cause diseases, but many of which contribute to the balance of nature or are otherwise beneficial.

Microbiological research includes infectious diseases, recombinant DNA technology, alternative methods of energy production and waste recycling, new sources of food, new drug development, and the etiology of sexually transmitted diseases, among other areas. Microbiology is also concerned with environmental problems and industrial processes.

Atlas of Hematology

This Atlas has the goal of supplying hematologists, laboratory technicians, medical school students, biologists as well as professionals working in the field of morphology of blood cells.  The majority of the smears come from blood and bone marrow samples, however note that also are shown here cavitary fluid materials, scraped, etc.  The panchromic stain used is always "Leishman", and are added in addition rare cytochemistry reactions.  The pictures taken were scaled up of magnifications such: x200; x400; x630; and specially x1,000 with photomicroscopes Zeiss and Nikon.

National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel

Since our founding in 1978, The National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel, Inc. (NCA) has established a tradition of excellence, a legacy of professionalism, and a history of success.  Today, NCA exists as a voluntary, nonprofit, non-governmental organization that conducts certification of medical laboratory personnel.  Throughout our history, NCA has been dedicated to setting beneficial standards that provide for public and private patient interests.  Our certification represents the best and brightest in today’s medical laboratory field.   NCA provides national peer-developed and peer-administered examinations for laboratory personnel.

Northeast Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (NACMID)

The Northeast Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (NACMID) provides low-cost continuing education for clinical microbiologists and infectious disease specialists. Our local evening meetings and all-day regional workshops (which are arranged by the State Directors) provide members an opportunity to keep up-to-date without incurring the expense of long-distanced travel.

NACMID holds a three day annual meeting every year that includes a day of workshops and two days of symposia. Additional meetings include regional meetings and workshops.