CBC Results Interpretation - Master The Complete Blood Count


Are Complete Blood Count (CBC) results involved in your medical practice? 

Looking for clarity on how to quickly interpret and follow CBC results accurately?

Join renowned instructor Dr. Seheult as he concisely explains the key components of the CBC... from anemia to thrombocytosis. 

After this series of short videos and quizzes, you'll be on your way to accurately interpret CBC results and save time doing so.

Leukopenia causes and neutropenia


Clinicians (MD, DO, NP, PA, RNs) and students in a variety of specialties that order CBCs.


 Dr. Roger Seheult is trusted by Universities, clinicians, and students for his ability to illustrate key concepts so they are understood, not memorized...

...and clear understanding leads to mastery of CBC results interpretation.  Learn more about Dr. Seheult.


  • An understanding of each possible CBC result: leukocytosis, anemia, polycythemia, thrombocytopenia, etc.
  • Initial management and treatment recommendations based on the CBC result - including blood transfusions and protocols for procedures
  • Guidelines for when to order a CBC, the frequency to use for follow up labs, and tips for following serial CBCs
  • A clinical perspective of CBC nuances, pitfalls, and patterns
  • Quiz questions to reinforce core concepts and help you study
  • 1 year of unlimited access on up to 3 devices

Blood transfusion levels based on hematocrit and smears

Start watching now (the first video is free and at the top of this page) and move towards mastery of the CBC!

Course Contents:
  • General principles, when to order, and lab errors free trial
  • Quiz 1 free trial
  • Leukocytosis
  • Quiz 2
  • Leukopenia and Neutropenia
  • Quiz 3
  • Leukopenia Causes
  • Quiz 4
  • Hemoglobin and Hematocrit
  • Quiz 5
  • Polycythemia
  • Quiz 6
  • Anemia
  • Quiz 7
  • Anemia Part 2
  • Quiz 8
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Quiz 9
  • CBC “pearls”
  • Quiz 10
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Quiz 11
  • Blood Smears
  • Quiz 12
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Quiz 13
  • Thrombocytopenia Part 2
  • Quiz 14
  • Thrombocytopenia Part 3
  • Quiz 15
  • CBC Case study
Post Course Quiz (Required for CME/CE Credits)
  • Instructions
  • Post-Course Quiz
Optional: Receiving CE Credits for this Course
  • Congratulations! Your CE Certificate
Congratulations! CME Certificate
  • Your CME Certificate

Course Overview

The complete blood count (CBC) is a group of a tests that evaluates the cells that circulate in blood and is used to determine general health status, screen for, diagnose, or monitory a variety of diseases and conditions that affect blood cells. The CBC is one of the most ordered lab tests by clinicians in the hospital and outpatient settings. However, many clinicians make common interpretation mistakes and most have not learned to unlock the full potential of the CBC.  

Learners will gain a clear understanding of a variety of CBC results including: leukocytosis, anemia, polycythemia, and thrombocytopenia, and learn the initial management and treatment recommendations based on the CBC result – including blood transfusions and protocols for procedures. Furthermore, clinicians will learn the guidelines of when to order a CBC, tips for following serial CBCs, the frequency to use for following up labs, and the nuances, pitfalls, and patterns of the CBC. 

Course Objectives:

As a result of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Explain what each value of the complete blood count represents physiologically, as well as identify when and how frequently to order a complete blood count. 
  • Describe the significance of either an abnormally high or low result in each category of a complete blood count. 
  •  Distinguish the therapeutics involved with each abnormal value and explain what considerations, if any, need to be addressed before correcting the results. 

Post-Test and Evaluation:

After completing the CME activity, you must successfully complete a post-test and fill out a program evaluation form. You will then be able to view and print your CME certificate.


Roger D. Seheult, MD
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Beaver Medical Group, Redlands, CA
Associate Clinical Professor
UC Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, CA
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda, CA


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Continuing Education Company, Inc. and MedCram, LLC. Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Education Company, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 5 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.

AANPCB: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Release Date: 4/1/2021 (Reviewed and extended on 4/1/2024)
Expiration Date: 4/1/2027 (Date after which this enduring material is no longer certified for credit.)
     Medium: Enduring Material, Video/Audio

Faculty/Planning Committee Disclosures

Review Committee:

The following individuals have indicated that he/she (nor spouse/partner) have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest that may impact upon this CME activity:

  • Beth Townsend – Reviewer (Continuing Education Company)
  • Roger Seheult, MD- Faculty
  • Kyle Allred, PA – Planner & Content Developer (MedCram)

Faculty Disclosures:

Roger Seheult, MD (Faculty) has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Unlabeled Use Declaration:

During their presentation, faculty may discuss unlabeled or investigational use which is not approved for a commercial product. Faculty members are required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.

Statement of Disclosure and Independence:

It is the policy of Continuing Education Company (CEC) to ensure all of its accredited educational activities are designed, implemented, and evaluated in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME) Criteria and Policies. In accordance with ACCME requirements, CEC has Conflict of Interest (COI) and Disclosure Policies that are designed to ensure that accredited educational activities are fair, balanced, independent, evidence-based, and based on scientific rigor.

All individuals who are in position to influence and/or control content of a CEC accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity must disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationships which they or their spouse/partner have with (a) with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (b) with any commercial supporters of the activity. (Relevant financial interest or other relationship includes such things as grants or research support, employee, consultant, major stockholder, member of speakers’ bureau, etc.) The intent of this disclosure is to provide activity participants with information to determine whether the speaker’s interests or relationships may influence the presentation with regard to exposition or conclusions. All potential conflicts of interest have been identified and resolved, and are listed above.

The opinions, ideas, recommendations, and perspectives expressed in the syllabus and accompanying presentations at this activity are those of the program authors and presenting faculty only and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, ideas, recommendations or perspectives of their affiliated institutions, Continuing Education Company, advisory boards or consultants.

Computer Requirements

Flash Player 10 or later, and one of the following browsers:

  •  Windows: Internet Explorer 6 and later, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome (latest version), Opera 9.5 and later
  •  Mac: Safari 3 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome (latest version)
  •  Linux: Firefox 1.x and later

HTML5 via one of the following browsers:

  •  Windows: Google Chrome (latest version)
  •  Mac: Safari 6.0.5 or later, Google Chrome (latest version)
  •  Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 6 or later

Roger Seheult M.D. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP16824.  This course is approved for 5 CE contact hours.



    Great course!

    JACQUELINE RUSSELL (Medical Student)



    Good stuff





    Amazing concise review


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