Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Microbiology/Medical Lab Procedures

 Title Abbreviation:   MICROBIOLOGY/MED LAB PRO

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    114

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6

 CIP:    510801

 EPC:    381

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Methods of collecting, processing, preparing, and preserving lab specimens. Discussion of government regulations and cultural beliefs concerning specimens. Urinalysis, pertinent hematology, immunology and microbiology tests and procedures are presented.


Prerequisite: AHE 108 with a grade of C or higher; and concurrent enrollment in AHE 115. Must provide documentation of first two injections of Hepatitis B vaccination series prior to registering for class.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. State the universal safety precautions and laboratory safety rules.
  2. Focus on and care for the binocular microscope.
  3. Be familiar with selected laboratory equipment and supplies.
  4. Use quality control principles and perform record keeping in the physicians’ office laboratory (POLs).
  5. Define terms used in microbiology and the medical laboratory.
  6. Discuss the differences that aid in the identification of bacteria species.
  7. Describe the requirements for bacterial growth.
  8. Relate the anatomy and physiology of the urinary system.
  9. Collect and preserve urine specimens.
  10. Describe the purpose and significance of performing urinalysis; and perform urinalysis.
  11. Describe the purpose and significance of hematological testing.
  12. Perform selected hematology tests.
  13. Describe the purpose and significance of immunological testing.
  14. Perform selected immunology tests.
  15. Describe the purpose and significance of microbiological testing.
  16. Perform selected microbiology Procedures.
  17. Process and prepare specimens after collection.
  18. Relate the procedures for disposal of biohazardous or contaminated materials.
  19. Discuss the purpose and significance of blood chemistry testing.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.2 Identify the strengths and limitations of different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the development and impact of technology in human experience (history, global, and local).

Course Contents

  1. Universal precautions and safety in the medical laboratory.
  2. Focusing and care of the binocular microscope. Oil lens.
  3. Laboratory equipment and supplies.
  4. Quality assurance and quality control.
  5. Record keeping in the physicians’ office laboratory.
  6. Anatomy and physiology of the urinary system.
  7. Urinalysis: Selected manual tests and/or procedures.
  8. Hematology: Selected manual tests and/or procedures.
  9. Blood chemistry: Blood glucose meter.
  10. Immunology: Selected manual tests and/or procedures.
  11. Microbiology: Selected manual tests and/or procedures.