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MEDT 490 Pathogenic Microbiology

(Credits: 4)

Students are introduced to bacteria, which may cause disease or may reside as normal flora in humans. In the lecture portion of the course, each genera of pathogenic bacteria is studied according to its classification, structure, virulence, epidemiology, clinical syndrome(s) and treatment. Major emphasis is placed on learning the basic identification characteristics of each of the genera studied and the differentiation of the various species within each genus. Gram positive/negative, cocci/bacilli, aerobic/anaerobic organisms are studied as well as mycobacterium, mycoplasm/chlamydia, actinomycetes, rickettsia and spirochetes. Conventional and/or automated and molecular techniques are discussed. The laboratory portion of the course supports the lectures by providing practical experience in the identification of pathogenic bacteria by conventional techniques. The student obtains expertise by working with known organisms as well as unknown samples.