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Basic Microbiology eLearning Curriculum

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The Basic Microbiology eLearning Curriculum will provide online training for public health laboratorians in the area of basic microbiology laboratory skills and procedures necessary to identify microorganisms from clinical specimens. The basic microbiology curriculum will include six eLearning courses. Each course will be comprised of interactive, concise content allowing for completion during open periods throughout the day. Job aids and laboratory exercises will be included so participants may work with a supervisor/mentor to comprehend and perform proper microbiology techniques. The Six courses available in the basic microbiology curriculum are:

 

Basic Microscopy – Basic Microbiology Curriculum

This eLearning course will instruct laboratorians on the correct use and maintenance of a brightfield microscope for the identification of organisms.

Basic Culture Media and Isolation Techniques

This eLearning course is designed to familiarize laboratorians with basic culture media and isolation techniques used in the microbiology laboratory.

Biochemicals and Gram Positive Organism ID

This eLearning course is designed to familiarize laboratorians with how to read a Gram stain, the colonial characteristics and biochemical tests used to identify Gram positive microorganisms  as well as commonly used testing algorithms.

Routine Microscopy Procedures

This eLearning course is designed to familiarize laboratorians with routine microscopy procedures used in the microbiology laboratory.

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

This eLearning course is designed to familiarize laboratorians with antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) practices and procedures used in the microbiology laboratory.

Biochemicals and Gram Negative Organism ID

This eLearning course is designed to familiarize laboratorians with how to read a Gram stain, colonial characteristics, and biochemical tests used to identify Gram negative microorganisms as well as commonly used testing algorithms. The course will only cover aerobic microorganisms, those that grow in the presence of oxygen.

Audience: New or existing public health laboratorians, who have a science background, are entering or reentering the microbiology field and who need training in basic microbiology principles and techniques essential for performing job requirements.
*Prerequisite knowledge for this course includes basic laboratory techniques/concepts/safety, blood borne pathogens/universal precautions, and chemical hygiene plans.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this curriculum, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify proper use, cleaning, and set-up of a bright field microscope.
  • Sequence the steps of routine microscopy procedures (smear preparations, wet mounts, KOH, Gram stain, and India Ink) critical for the identification of  microorganisms.
  • Interpret results of routine microscopy procedures used in the microbiology laboratory.
  • Select appropriate culture media to isolate infectious microorganisms.
  • Identify microorganisms using colonial morphology, Gram stain results, biochemical tests., and algorithm flowcharts.
  • Associate the basic principles and methods of antimicrobial susceptibility testing of microorganisms.
  • Identify commonly encountered troubleshooting techniques for various basic microbiology procedures.

Continuing Education: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Training Branch is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These courses are approved for various contact hours.
This course has been approved for 1.0 contact hours in the category of Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology for Florida Laboratory Licensees.



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  • Page last reviewed: February 10, 2014
  • Page last updated: October 27, 2014
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