Clinical Microbiology

Course Description

The Clinical Microbiology course is a comprehensive course which will cover major groups of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, parasites, and Mycobacteria. Students will learn correct safety procedures, differentiate BSL’s disinfection techniques, and BSC use. Study current trends in antibiotic use and their applications. Additionally study of human parasitic disease and Mycobacterial disease will be covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate the major groups of bacteria.
  • Differentiate a variety of diagnostic tests and their results to distinguish pathogenic from commensal organisms.
  • Identify appropriate safety measures used by workers in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.
  • Describe the testing procedures for evaluating antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
  • Describe the major pathogenic fungi ,the disease processes they cause, and differential morphological features of each.
  • Describe the techniques used to identify yeast phase and mycelial phase fungi.
  • Name the major human parasitic organisms, including round worms, flat worms, insects, protozoa, and blood parasites.
  • Select the correct diagnostic tests used to isolate and identify human parasitic organisms.
  • Select the diagnostic tests used to identify Mycobacteria, including colonial morphology, biochemical tests, anti-Mycobacterial drug testing, and expected patterns of sensitivity/ resistance.


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