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MDLB 1521: Microbiology Specimen Preparation

This in-depth course examines the Microbiology department and provides a comprehensive background in the related theory and principles. The course also covers the theory of specimen types, speciemen preparation, aseptic technique, media selection, and preparation of parasite specimens. Practitioner safety is emphasized throughout the course.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Microbiology department of the laboratory and all of its subsections.
  • Describe and perform laboratory specimen collection, handling, and distribution procedures.
  • Describe and perform collection, transport, and reception of pre-analytical microbiology specimens.
  • Describe the instruments and supplies used within the Microbiology department.
  • Describe and perform the handling of microbiological specimens.
  • Describe and perform the handling of stool specimens for parasite identification.

Course topics

  • Module A: Introduction to Clinical Microbiology
  • Module B: Microbiological Specimens
  • Module C: Microbiology Equipment and Instruments
  • Module D: Aseptic Technique, Sterilization, and Disinfection
  • Module E: Use and Preparation of Culture Media for the Growth of Bacteria
  • Module F: Handling of Microbiology Specimens
  • Module G: Blood Cultures
  • Module H: Handling of Stools for Parasites

Required text and materials

This is a companion course to MDLB 1221. Therefore, there is no material package for this course.

If students did not take MDLB 1221 and/or don't already own the required material, please be aware that students will need to purchase them. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).

  1. McCall, R. E. (2020). Phlebotomy essentials (7th enhanced ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.
    Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-1-284-20994-5


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the mandatory final examination and 50% overall. Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Quiz 1: Modules A,B,C, and D 20%
Quiz 2: Modules E and F 20%
Quiz 3: Modules G and H 20%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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