4921-15 Microbiology Refresher 2: Microbial Identification and Susceptibility Testing - September 2021 session
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Description: This course is the continuation of Microbiology Refresher 1 and includes topics about microbial identification and susceptibility testing. Specific topics covered are bacterial classification, automated identification systems, bacterial identification methods, gram reaction and morphology, immunological testing, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and antimicrobial resistance. 

Start Date: September 1, 2021

Prerequisites: Microbiology Refresher 1: Basic Principles of Microbiology course

Course/Activity Information

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand classification and nomenclature of bacteria.
  • Explain the different types of culture media in routine use and apply how they are selected and used in the processing of clinical specimens.
  • Explain which bacteria will grow and describe the colonial morphology of the bacteria as they pertain to the different types of commonly used culture media used in microbiology.
  • Predict the appropriate atmospheric requirements for incubating inoculated culture.
  • Explain the principles on which microbial identification is based and integrate the tests and procedures required for the proper identification of bacteria and yeast.
  • Describe the rapid biochemical tests in microbiology and explain the expected reaction of commonly isolated bacteria.
  • Describe how phenotypic criteria are used to identify bacteria.
  • Examine molecular biology techniques such as PCR technology and Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) as they relate to clinical microbiology.
  • Understand how antibiotics are selected by laboratories.
  • Characterize and explain the various principles and methodologies used for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of bacteria.
  • Outline quality control testing for antibiotics.
  • Outline the susceptibility patterns of those bacterial isolates that demonstrate antimicrobial drug resistance and identify methods of detection.


Instructor: Bharat Gandhi, S(CCM), M(ASCP), MLT

Version Date: February 2015


PEP hours: 23

CPS credits: 0

*Note: PEP hours and/or CPS credits will only be awarded upon successful completion of course requirements.


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