MDLB 1521

Microbiology Specimen Preparation

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Methods

Web, self-paced


Recommended: HLTH 1981, HLTH 1141, MDLB 1221, and MDLB 1321.


After completing this course, students 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 Outline

  • 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

Course Duration

30 weeks.

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).

Phlebotomy Essentials. McCall, R. E., & Tankersley, C. M. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2016). 6th ed. ISBN: 978-1-4511-9452-4
Type: Textbook

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at start of course.


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 * 40%

* Mandatory