An introductory course in medical microbiology designed for students enrolled in health-care-related programs. The course begins with basic information on microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and prions), the immune system, infection control, transmission of infection, epidemiology, antimicrobials, disinfection, and sterilization. The latter part of the course concentrates on infectious diseases caused by pathogenic (disease-causing) organisms.
Registration in this course is not limited to students in health-care professional programs. No prerequisites are required. This course is a required prerequisite for After Degree Nursing, and a requisite course for the four-year collaborative nursing program and the four-year Dental Hygiene program. Nursing students must maintain a minimum mark of 71% in order to get course credit in their program.
A course textbook is required (Medical Microbiology for Health Professionals), but an older edition can be used. The new edition was updated 2018 and has new information and resources. The ISBN for the new edition is: 978-1-5249-6807-6, Kendall Hunt Publishers.