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MEDT 472 Clinical Microbiology

(Credits: 3)

This course presents a review of pathogenic microbiology with the approach used in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Students are introduced to medical microbiology and the clinical basis of infectious diseases. Each system of the body is discussed in terms of anatomy and physiology, normal flora, occurrence of infectious diseases, expected pathogens, their characteristics and factors which predispose then to pathogenesis in that particular body site. In the laboratory, students become acquainted with the proper collection, handling, identification and appropriate treatments of pathogens from the various body sites. Students use the information and laboratory skills acquired in Pathogenic Microbiology. During the course each student works independently, building self-reliance and analytical skills to identify pathogens from clinical specimens and in the reporting of their findings.

Prerequisite: MEDT 490

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