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icrobiology is what they call a "make-or-break" course.  It's usually not required for associate's degree nursing programs, but if you're going for the BSN, it will be a prerequisite.  It is an upper-level science class and the material is very challenging.  I loved this class because I found the information fascinating.  It was also one of the first courses where I felt I was learning things I could really use as a nurse.  It's alot of memorization, with some difficult concepts bridging biology and chemistry, but you get to learn how bacteria and viruses cause disease, how we treat them, and basic immunology.  Really interesting stuff!

To help you out, we've scouted some great internet resources you can use to supplement your studies:

Our Microbiology self-tests are broken down into 5 units:
Basic concepts and terminology
Genetics and bacterial metabolism
Bacterial diseases
Parasitic diseases, and
Viruses and immunology.
The link above will take you to the first test in the series.  The tests are in multiple-choice format, with automatic online grading - and they're pretty challenging, too!

Active Learning Centre is a compilation of self-assessment tests/databases in different areas of knowledge.  The microbiology section allows you to choose the quiz format (multiple choice, matching or essay), the number of questions and what you would like to be tested on (microbial group, features, etc.).  It will grade you online, and you can search the database by keywords/phrases if you want more information.

This comprehensive picture atlas includes photos and images of parasites contributed by scientists and educators around the world.  What I found particularly useful for studying is the manner in which they are organized - specifically, the parasites are categorized by the area of the body they attack (CNS, skin, liver, intestines, etc.).   Great site for learning to identify organisms on sight.


The Bacterial Growth Simulator is a practical simulation and tutorial illustrating the methods that are used in measuring growth in bacteria in batch culture for use in science undergraduate courses.

GIDEON's free beta version medical software explores the depth and breadth of infectious disease diagnosis, epidemiology, therapy and microbiology.

More resources will be added as we find them.  If you know of a great online resource
for microbiology, let us know!  E-mail your suggestions to

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