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Microbiology (MICRB)

MICRB 151W Clinical Microbiology and Body Fluid Analysis for Medical Laboratory Technicians (5) Properties of normal and abnormal microbial flora and procedures for their identification. Analysis of urine and other body fluids.

MICRB 151W Clinical Microbiology and Body Fluids Analysis for Medical Laboratory Technicians (5)

This course is taken with (or before) Micrb 151G - Clinical Microbiology and Body Fluids Practicum. Topics include: collection of patient specimens; cultivation, identification and clinical significance of bacteria, with a minor emphasis on parasitology, mycology and virology; techniques to determine antibiotic susceptibility; analysis of urine and body fluids; tests of renal function; clinical toxicology. Laboratory sessions include specimen collection, manual identification of common pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria, and concentration of ova and parasites. The student prepares a research paper on a topic related to clinical microbiology; this semester-long process includes instruction on library research techniques, and the writing of several documents in preparation for writing the research paper. This course is writing intensive.

Upon completion of Micrb 151W, the student will be able to:
1. Discuss the proper collection, handling, and culture of patient specimens.
2. Discuss the clinical significance of pathogenic microorganisms by relating their presence to disease processes.
3. Demonstrate and explain the basis of common biochemical, microscopic, serological, and molecular-based methods used to identify microorganisms.
4. Discuss the proper collection and handling of urine and other body fluids, paying special attention to the prevention of pre-analytical errors.
5. Identify and describe normal and abnormal physical properties of urine and other body fluids.
6. Assess the validity of patient results by correlating laboratory data with quality control results.
7. Correlate the significance of laboratory tests to assigned case studies.
8. Demonstrate methods of maintaining a safe working environment in the microbiology laboratory.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: BIOL 141, CHEM 202, MICRB 150, MICRB 201, MICRB 202

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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