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Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Laboratory Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science
CLSC5273 - Advanced Topics In Clinical Microbiology
Course Description
Clinical microbiologists are challenged with multifaceted responsibilities involving advanced scientific knowledge, techniques, administrative skills, and interaction with other clinical departments of the health care system. The clinical laboratory scientist working in microbiology is responsible for both the diagnostic services as well as management aspects of the microbiology department. This course is designed to provide updates in advanced topics in clinical microbiology to enhance scientific/technical skills and management skills for laboratory professionals working and/or managing a clinical microbiology department. Issues concerning specific advanced topics in clinical microbiology that will be discussed include: molecular methods/applications, bioterrorism, biofilms, vaccines, parasitology, microbiology informatics, antimicrobial resistance testing, and advanced case studies in microbiology.
Credits/Modes of Instruction
Credits:  3
Students should anticipate spending approximately 135 hours on the course, or an average of 9-12 hours per week for 15 weeks. The course is web-based. Modes of instruction and course format include online instruction, online discussion, live webinars, journal and Internet readings, written assignments, directed study, discussion forums, quizzes and a final paper.
Baccalaureate degree, with course work in Clinical Microbiology and/or work experience in a clinical microbiology laboratory.
Additional Requirements: Students may be required to interact with department supervisors and/or lab administrators, pathologists, physicians, or other healthcare professionals to explore some discussion questions.
Course Goals and Outcomes:
The general goal of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective laboratory professionals and/or managers in clinical microbiology. After completion of the course, the student will be able to analyze issues affecting the delivery of clinical laboratory services in microbiology, and explore alternate models and mechanisms of providing these services.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Critically analyze the literature for evidence-based practice in clinical microbiology.
Discuss the impact of emerging issues confronting clinical microbiology.
Assess new technologies available in clinical microbiology diagnostic testing.
Interpret clinical microbiology data presented in case studies.
Each unit will have specific learning objectives. Refer to the units for detailed objectives