CLT 203 - Diagnostic Microbiology
A comprehensive study of microorganisms of importance in human health and disease. Topics include the preanalytical collection and processing of clinical specimens as well as the analytical morphology, isolation, and identification of pathogens, with a focus on colonial, microscopic, biochemical and molecular characteristics and additionally the postanalytical interrelationships of microorganisms and human hosts and the correlation, prevention and control of infectious diseases. Bacteriology is emphasized but the course includes a survey of mycology, parasitology, and virology.
Prerequisite: BIO 202 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe pre-examination procedures applicable to diagnostic microbiology.
2. Describe post-examination procedures applicable to diagnostic microbiology.
3. Describe or perform standard microbiological staining techniques.
4. Discuss the correct culture set up and incubation of microbial specimens.
5. Interpret the results of microbial cultures, stains, or tests.
6. Explain the principles behind different media utilized for growth, isolation, or identification of microbes.
7. Use standard microbial techniques or procedures to identify unknown organisms.
8. Describe the use of molecular or serological methods for the detection or identification of microbes.
9. Explain or demonstrate the proper aseptic technique for working with microbes in the clinical laboratory.
10. Explain the principles behind standard laboratory methods of antimicrobial testing.
11. Describe quality assessment practices for diagnostic microbiology.
12. Explain the clinical significance of diagnostic microbiology tests or results.
Course Offered Fall and Spring