Certificate Program

Basic Principles and Architecture of Laboratory Information Systems Certificate Program 2017

  • Credit: 8.5 ACCENT Credits
  • Level: Beginner

Price: $0.00

Member Price: $0.00


Earn 8.5 ACCENT® continuing education credits and a certificate of completion for successfully completing the program before the access end date.

The program is composed of eight courses, listed below. Each course can be completed online in approximately 1-2 hours and contains a lecture, slides and transcripts, and a quiz. Some include recommended readings. Communicate questions or comments using the program discussion board.

  • Introduction to Laboratory Information Systems
  • Languages of Informatics
  • Middleware
  • E-Learning, Document Control and Data Mining Methods
  • Security and Networking
  • Validation
  • Project Management
  • LIS and the EHR: The Big Picture

Certificates of completion are awarded online upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are recognized on a register located on the certificate program web page.

Please note that the completion of an online certificate program should be listed within the education section of a resume or CV. It is not equivalent to completing a board certification process.


This is an eight-course online learning program for laboratory professionals who want to improve their knowledge of laboratory information systems and informatics for use in clinical laboratories. It was developed at a beginner level to present the essentials of LIS operation and requirements, and to fill a void in basic informatics knowledge not received in specialized laboratory training. As of 2016, content has been revised where needed to illustrate new practices and initiatives that can benefit the laboratorian’s role in healthcare.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain basic terminology and architecture of laboratory informatics systems
  • Understand current laboratory information systems
  • Make knowledgeable decisions for routine troubleshooting, accreditation validations/documentation as well as comparing/contrasting future upgrades and/or purchases
  • Discuss with confidence how laboratory informatics plays a major role in 21st century health care and patient safety

These expert faculty and educators developed and contributed to the content in this program:

  • Pamela Banning, MLS(ASCP)cm, PMP(r)
    3M Health Information Systems, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Joanna Baker, MSPH, MLS(ASCP), SC(ASCPO, Program Chair
    Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, SC
  • William Coughlin
    Data Innovations Inc., Eastlake, OH
  • Frederick Hornick, MS, MLS(ASCP)
    Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, SC
  • Johanna Wisniewski, MT(ASCP)
    Pfizer Inc., Groton, CT
  • Eugenio Zabaleta, PhD
    OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, Mansfield, OH
  • Consultants: James Miller, PhD, University of Louisville, and Jannifer Gresham, Floyd Memorial Hospital

Developed in collaboration with AACC’s Informatics Division. Dedicated to the memory of Dr. James Miller.


Enrollment Details

Open Enrollment until December 31, 2017
Program Access from January 1, 2017 until July 15, 2018

Fee: $250 AACC Member/$500 Non-member

Course Number: 11229

8.5 ACCENT® continuing education credit

  • If you purchase the program on our website, order processing is immediate.
  • If you purchase the program over the telephone, order processing will take 3-4 business days.
  • If you purchase the program via US Post or fax, please allow 2 weeks for order processing.
  • In all cases, program access information will be sent in an email titled AACC Order Confirmation once the order process is complete. Haven’t received your access information? We recommend checking your Spam/Junk Mail in case the confirmation email is filtered there. If you cannot locate the email, please contact AACC Customer Service.


ACCENT® credit is offered. AACC is an approved provider of continuing education for clinical laboratory scientists in the states of California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

Internet Access and Browser Information

You must have Internet access and Internet browser software installed on your computer to view the e-learning materials in this course, as well as Adobe Reader. We recommend the following Internet browsers and browser settings.

  • Internet Explorer version 11 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox version 33 or higher
  • Google Chrome version 36 or higher
  • Safari version 6 or higher

Audio Speakers

You will need speakers attached to your computer to hear the audio files associated with some of the course materials.

Screen Resolution

For best viewing, your screen resolution should be 1024 x 768 or higher.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and refunds are not available for e-learning courses.

Registration/Order Form

1/1/2017 12:00 AM Until 12/31/2017 11:59 PM

Registration Form (PDF Format)

This is an online learning program developed to present essentials on LIS and to fill a void in basic informatics knowledge not received in specialized laboratory training. The content of this program is at a basic to intermediate level. This program is composed of eight courses covering: Introduction to LIS, Languages of Informatics, Middleware, E-Learning Document Control and Data Mining Methods, Security, Validation, Project Management, and the LIS and Electronic Health Records.

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Developed in cooperation with the AACC Informatics Division.