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Introduction to Quality Control and Quality Assurance in the Clinical Laboratory

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated February 10, 2023.



Amanda VanSpronsen, University of Alberta

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During this simulation, you will inhabit the role of a clinical practicum student in their final week of a clinical chemistry rotation. You will work closely with a medical laboratory technologist who is in charge of the local quality assurance program. You will interact with short term and long term quality control data, and learn about some of the factors that impact decisions about the specific quality control materials that are used in the clinical laboratory. Familiarity with basic clinical laboratory workflow and application of quality control theory is important for success in this simulation.

Learning Objectives:

Define quality assurance and describe how it applies to the histopathology laboratory.

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


This simulation’s scenario and script were formally peer-reviewed by two external institutions, then the final simulation was pilot tested by several students on a student testing committee then as part of the Virtu-WIL Student Program’s rollout.


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VanSpronsen A. Introduction to Quality Control and Quality Assurance in the Clinical Laboratory. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Target Learners




Medical Laboratory Science


Undergraduate / post-secondary

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