Provider-Performed Microscopy Procedures Course of Study

Number of Credits

2 P.A.C.E.®


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Who can benefit from this Course of Study?
New and existing personnel in facilities that perform moderate complexity laboratory tests using a microscope, including “providers” in facilities holding a CLIA Provider-Performed Microscopy Procedures (PPMP) Certificate.

A provider is:

  • A physician
  • A midlevel practitioner (nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant)
  • A dentist

The list of PPMP tests is:

  • Wet mounts, including preparations of vaginal, cervical, or skin specimens
  • All potassium hydroxide (KOH) preparations
  • Pinworm examinations
  • Fern test
  • Post-coital direct, qualitative examinations of vaginal or cervical mucous
  • Urinalysis; microscopic only
  • Fecal leukocyte examination
  • Qualitative semen analysis; presence and/or motility of sperm only
  • Nasal smears for eosinophils

This course of study is a combination of existing CRI® products packaged to meet the specific needs of facilities that perform microscopic tests on patient specimens.

You will learn:

  • How to properly register your facility with CLIA to perform microscopy tests
  • How to properly perform PPM procedures
  • Proper safety precautions for laboratory testing

This course of study includes 2 courses that have been approved for P.A.C.E.® credit. There are no prerequisites for this course of study.

CLIA Facts 12: Requirements for Provider-Performed Microscopy Procedures (Download)
CLIA Facts 4: CLIA Certificate Types (Download)
Direct Wet Prep (Download)
Examination of Expressed Prostatic Secretions (Download)
FAQs About Waived and PPM (Download)
Fecal Leukocyte Examination (Download)
Fern Test (Amniotic Fluid Crystallization Test) (Download)
General Laboratory Policies (Download)
KOH Prep (Download)
LabGuide 26: Urinalysis (Download)
LabFacts 51: Laboratory Equipment Maintenance (Download)
LabGuide 6: Laboratory Safety (Download)
Nasal Smear for Leukocytes (Download)
Pinworm Examination (Download)
Postcoital (Sims-Huhner) Test (Download)
Qualitative Semen Analysis (Download)
Specimen Collection and Handling for Skin Scraping (Download)
Urine Sediment Examination (Download)
Urine Specimen Collection (Download)


Online Courses
MLE CEexpress 3: Urine Sediment Refresher
MLE CEexpress 10: Clinical Microscopy

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