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HCC 275 Clinical Microbiology
Credit Hours:  7
Effective Term: Fall 2018
SUN#: None
AGEC: None
Credit Breakdown: 5 Lectures, 6 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F

Description: Examines microbial infectious and bioterrorism agents, classification, morphology, phenotyping, diseases, biotechnology and molecular technology, quality assurance and quality control, epidemiological significance, and regulatory standards. Application of antimicrobial, biochemical and differential testing, drug resistance, selection, inoculation and incubation of culture media, isolation techniques, cell culture and viral detection tests, and macroscopic and microscopic examination. Emphasis on staining, rapid and commercial testing methods, safety precautions, specimen collection, handling, storage, and disposal of biological material, pretreatment, decontamination, and concentration techniques, specimen type, source, and common microbial flora, specimen acceptability, and instrumentation. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Laboratory Science program and permission of Program Director.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Laboratory Science program and permission of Program Director.

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1.0 (Application Level) Use common microbiology terminology as it relates to the point-of-care or clinical laboratory environment. (CSLO 1,2,3)
2.0 (Application Level) Follow special safety procedures and aseptic technique required for processing microbiology specimens. (CSLO 2,4)
3.0 (Comprehension Level) Prepare, store, dispose of, and properly transport specimens for microbiology testing according to standard operating procedure. (CSLO 2)
4.0 (Analysis Level) Determine suitability of specimens for microbiology procedures related to the test requested, appropriate patient preparation/method of collection, time of collection/processing, storage, and specimen rejection criteria. (CSLO 2,4)
5.0 (Knowledge Level) Assemble/prepare reagents, standards, and controls for microbiology testing. (CSLO 2,4)
6.0 (Application Level) Prepare slides for microscopic examination. (CSLO 2)
7.0 (Application Level) Perform microbiology tests at the Medical Laboratory Technician level. (CSLO 2,4)
8.0 (Evaluation Level) Recognize technical errors for each test performed. (CSLO 2,4)
9.0 (Synthesis Level) Report results of tests using pre-determined criteria. (CSLO 2,4)
10.0 (Synthesis Level) Perform pre-determined quality control procedures for urinalysis tests, including maintenance and instrument calibration. (CSLO 2,4)

Internal/External Standards Accreditation
The standards are based on the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Clinical Assistant Competencies core module pgs. 41 to 47.

NAACLS Web Site:

http://www.naacls.org. See Standard Compliance Guide.