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Statistical Methods for Clinical Laboratorians Certificate Program

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This certificate program is completed online, at your own pace, within ADLM’s learning platform. It must be completed within one year of the purchase date.


In the clinical laboratory, statistics are used to validate and monitor the performance of analytical methods, and to guide the clinical interpretation of laboratory data. This program will enable clinical laboratorians to broaden their knowledge of statistics and refine their skills in the application of statistical methods. It is intended for professionals who already have knowledge of the basic theories applicable to laboratory statistics and some prior training and experience in this subject. For laboratory professionals who wish to engage in an educational activity that recognizes their expanded knowledge and competence in statistical methods, this program provides a convenient and cost-effective means for doing so. This certificate program was developed in cooperation with the ADLM Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division.


Lab Supervisors, Lab Directors (and/or assistant directors), Lab Managers (supervisory and/or non-supervisory)


  • Define some common statistical terms and discuss how they should and should not be used.
  • Define statistical distributions and explain a Gaussian distribution.
  • Explain whether the differences between observed data and ideal behavior are significant or random.
  • Define precision, accuracy, and sensitivity and discuss validation of reference ranges.
  • Define quality control and discusses clinical performance of a laboratory test.


This program is composed of five courses listed below. Each course can be completed online in approximately 1-2 hours and contains a lecture, readings, reources, and a quiz.

  1. Descriptive Statistics and Measures of Variation
    Roger Bertholf, PhD, FADLM, DABCC, University of Florida Health Sciences Center and Shands Jacksonville Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
  2. Statistical Distributions and Tests of Significance
    Roger Bertholf, PhD, FADLM, DABCC
  3. Correlation and Tests for Linearity
    Roger Bertholf, PhD, FADLM, DABCC
  4. Method Validation and Reference Ranges
    Roger Bertholf, PhD, FADLM, DABCC
  5. Quality Control and Clinical Performance of Laboratory Tests
    Roger Bertholf, PhD, FADLM, DABCC


The Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC) is dedicated to ensuring balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. All participating planning committee members and faculty are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest. The intent of this disclosure is to provide participants with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The following planners and faculty reported no relevant financial relationships:

  • Roger Bertholf, PhD, FADLM, DABCC, University of Florida Health Sciences Center and Shands Jacksonville Hospital, Jacksonville, FL


All recommendations involving clinical medicine are based on evidence accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients; AND/OR all scientific research referred to or reported in support or justification of a patient care recommendation conforms to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.


This activity is approved for 7.5 ACCENT® continuing education credits. Activity ID #4158. This activity was planned in accordance with ACCENT Standards and Policies.


Verification of Participation certificates are provided to registered participants based on completion of the activity, in its entirety, and the activity evaluation. The evaluation link will be emailed to the participants after all work within ADLM’s learning platform is complete. For questions regarding continuing education, please email [email protected].

Program Launch Year: 2010
Most Recent Program Update: 2014

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Developed in cooperation with the ADLM Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division