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Clinical Microbiology Minor

Salisbury University offers a number of minors within the medical laboratory science program, including a minor in clinical microbiology. Clinical microbiology is the study of any microbes that can cause infection in humans. Microbiologists traditionally work in laboratory research settings but can also work as members of interdisciplinary teams in hospitals, clinics, universities, industry and government. In addition to lab work, other topics include human bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic pathogens; diagnostic specimens; microbial identification techniques; and diagnostic immunology.

Why Choose Clinical Microbiology at SU?

Clinical microbiology is a minor in the discipline of medical laboratory science (MLS). It allows you to complete the on-campus classes in clinical biochemistry, with this recognition posted on your transcript.

The minor in clinical microbiology gives you the option to select just that one area of medical laboratory science (MLS) to study. The graduate of the MLS major is called a “generalist” and can practice in the areas of clinical biochemistry, hematology, transfusion services, immunology and clinical microbiology. The minor allows study in clinical microbiology, without taking all of the program courses.

The minor includes general principles of human physiology and clinical laboratory operation as well as microbiology topics such as human bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic pathogens, diagnostic specimens, microbial identification techniques, diagnostic immunology, etc. Prerequisites include a general microbiology course and one year of general chemistry. Grades of C or better are required in all courses applicable to the minor.

Students in the clinical microbiology minor must complete the following courses:

  • BIOL 215 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MDTC 101 Safety in the Biological, Chemical and Clinical Lab
  • MDTC 300 Principles of Medical Laboratory Science
  • MDTC 311 Clinical Microbiology I
  • MDTC 331 Diagnostic Immunology
  • MDTC 411 Clinical Microbiology II

Students majoring in MLS are given the first seats in any course. Students who wish to pursue a minor may apply for any remaining slots. In order to hold a space in classes, students who wish to pursue a minor must apply and be approved.

For a more in-depth study, learn more about SU’s medical laboratory science major.

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