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Training in Semen Analysis

Module: 1A
Course: Routine Semen Analysis

Duration: 8 hour (1 day)
Fees: USD 950.00

Course objectives:

Each participant receives one-on-one training to develop knowledge and skills in: routine semen analysis including proper specimen collection, measurement of volume, pH, manual sperm count, and motility using sperm counting chambers, and preparation of seminal smear for morphology.

  • Collection and delivery of semen sample
  • Routine semen analysis
  • Computer assisted semen analysis (CASA)
  • Safety procedures for laboratory personnel
  • Review quality assurance methodology for semen analysis
  • Proficiency testing for sperm concentration and motility
Sample Course Schedule for Module 1A

Module: 1B
Course: Sperm Morphology

Duration: 16 hours (2 days)
Fees: USD 1,395.00

Course objectives:

Each participant receives one-on-one training to develop knowledge and skills in: sperm morphology by both Kruger’s Strict Criteria and World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for sperm morphology; preparation of slides and staining techniques.

  • Perform sperm morphology assessments by WHO and Kruger’s Strict Criteria (WHO 4th and 5th edition)
  • Understand the differences between the two classification systems for assessing sperm morphology
  • Prepare morphology slides and practice staining
  • Scoring of CAP proficiency morphology slides
  • Practical tips to assess sperm morphology
  • Quality assurance in sperm morphology assessment
Sample Course Schedule for Module 1B

Training in Semen Analysis


Training in this module accredited by the
American College of Embryology –
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Educational teaching methods:

  • Interactive teaching sessions and discussion
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Hands-on laboratory training sessions
  • Live lectures and multimedia presentations

Evaluation of trainee:

  • Knowledge / Theoretical Component (30%): Multiple choice questions on lab techniques linked to each course module
  • Practical Skills (50%): Tested on specific lab techniques taught during the training
  • Verbal Communication & Comprehension Skills / Integrative Component (20%): PowerPoint talk on a topic linked to a course module and viva voce
  • The performance of the candidate throughout the course will be reflected in a Grading Report
  • Candidates who meet the training requirements and successfully complete the course work will be awarded the Training Certificate

Each participant will receive:

  • Course Syllabus with Reading Material and Lab Protocols
  • Free Access to the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library
  • WHO Laboratory Manual for the Examination and Processing of Human Semen. 5th Edition, 2010 (Digital file)
  • Certificate of Training (issued upon successful assessment by the instructor) and Grading Report
  • Daily Meal (Lunch) Tickets

Virtual 360° Tour of the American Center for Reproductive Medicine Research Laboratories and Andrology Center

Course Evaluation by Past Trainees

Testimonials by Past Trainees

Contact the Course Director
Dr. Ashok Agarwal

Professor, Lerner College of Medicine,
Case Western Reserve University
Director, Andrology Center
Director, American Center for Reproductive Medicine
Staff, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, and
Ob-Gyn and Women's Health Institute,
Anatomic Pathology, and Immunology

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