This department covers the theory and practical experience in the isolation and identification of clinically important bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Procedures covered will include: manual and automated methods, culturing techniques, identification by microscopic examination, biochemical and serological tests, fluorescent tests, antibiotic sensitivity testing, quality control, computer applications, viruses and direct antigen testing for viruses, molecular testing, infection control, and safety. Quality assurance/quality improvement as applied to pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services are also covered. All of the above topics are accomplished through lectures, laboratory experiences, and reading assignments.
9 semester hours