Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

AHM 220 - Applied Microbiology

Course Description

This is a survey course intended for allied health majors. This 1 credit course contains microbiological information and skills needed for the allied health professions. This course differs from a traditional 4 credit microbiology course in that the 4 credit course emphasizes general microbiology for science majors, whereas the 1 credit applied microbiology course emphasizes concepts for students entering health professions. The concepts of specimen collection and transport, identification of microorganisms, pathogenesis, and control, and treatment of infectious disease are the main emphasis of the course. Clinical laboratory experiences will emphasize application of concepts to skills.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Explain the relationship between the structure and function of microorganisms.
Describe techniques of microbial control.
Apply principles of sterile technique in specimen collection and performing laboratory procedures in the microbiology lab.
Describe the distribution of normal and pathogenic flora for different body sites.
Discuss antibiotic treatment for disease.
Classify and perform diagnostic procedures of body fluid specimens.
Describe the structure and function of the skeletal and muscular systems as well as disorders of these systems.
Describe the structure and function of the circulatory and lymphatic systems as well as disorders of these systems.
Describe the structure and function of the respiratory system as well as disorders of this system.

College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Scientific Inquiry (SI) when taken with AHM 104 and AHM 105

Credit Hours: 1
Lecture Hours: .67
Lab Hours: .33

Course Prerequisites: .