Describe the uses of the various media and metabolic/enzymatic testing protocols

Microbiology for the Health Professions
Credits – 3 (Lecture) 1 (Lab)
This course is designed to meet the microbiology prerequisite for students who are applying for admission to health profession programs. Most students taking this course will have an undergraduate degree and will be in the process of a career change. Online Microbiology is a one-semester course.  It will emphasize the concepts that are a necessary groundwork for courses the student will take in his/her professional program.
Topics covered in this course include: the history of microbiology, microbial morphology and physiology, bacterial metabolism, genetics, ecology, and the classification of microorganisms, particularly bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Therapeutic agents used to disrupt and control microbial growth are considered and a body systems approach is utilized in the coverage of diseases.
· Microbiology: A Human Perspective Eugene W. Nester, 7th edition
Note: The e-book version of Nester may not be used on any proctored course exam. Textbooks need to be purchased separately and are not part of your registration fee. All course materials are available through our bookstore at
Laboratory Components
It is mandatory for students enrolled in the laboratory component of the course to order a lab kit. The kit must be purchased directly through Hands on Labs and cannot be purchased second hand or from another vendor. Students enrolled in lab must complete both parts of every lab – the assigned experiment and the corresponding assignment online – to earn a grade for the lab. The kits must be ordered immediately upon enrollment in order to ensure materials are on hand for the start of the course. Note: Kits can take 5 – 7 business days to arrive. Go to this link:
1. ENTER Login: C000384
2. ENTER Password: labpaq
3. Choose LP-2231-MB-02: LabPaq, Microbiology, 11 Labs
4. Review the HOL Return and Refund Policy
Learning Objectives and Outcomes
Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Define basic structure/function of microorganisms including prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses, with emphasis on their relationships to human disease and treatment modalities
2. Describe the kinetics and patterns of microbial growth, and environmental factors that alter growth
3. Describe key features of microbial genetics, including DNA structure and function, as well as mechanisms of DNA replication, transcription and translation
4. Explain how and why microbial gene expression is regulated, as well as how genetic mutation and DNA transfer mechanisms affect microbial evolution, fitness and pathogenesis
5. Define and compare beneficial versus pathogenic host-microbial interactions
6. Explain fundamental stains, basic staining techniques, and corresponding bacterial and fungal morphology
7. Describe the clinical manifestations associated with common bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic diseases
8. Describe the uses of the various media and metabolic/enzymatic testing protocols
9. Identify bacterial/fungal toxic and invasive factors and their relationship to the pathogenesis of disease
10. Classify the mechanisms of antibiotic (antibacterial/antifungal), antiparasitic, and antiviral activity, as well as resistance strategies employed by target microorganisms
11. Identify the pathogens commonly associated with infections of the skin, eyes, nervous system, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and genitourinary tract in humans, as well as their modes of pathogenesis and risk factors associated with each type of disease
12. Identify common healthcare-associated (nosocomial) pathogens
13. Identify disease and likely etiology on the basis of patient signs and symptoms, pertinent history, and lab findings
14. Create a case study outline.
Lectures and Laboratories
Our textbook allows students to utilize CONNECT from McGraw-Hill to go through the lecture course material with Learnsmart. This is a good self-assessment tool. The access code for CONNECT may be purchased using a link located within the course homepage in Blackboard.