Simi Institute for Careers & Education | Evaluated Learning Experience
Microbiology and Infection Control RC 101/ST 101
100 hours (10 weeks).
January 2015 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: classify microbes, bacterial morphology, straining characteristics, growth requirements, and growth control; compare and contrast the roles of normal flora, fungi, and viruses in health and disease; demonstrate and summarize the importance of infection control in health care; outline methods of sterilization and decontamination; describe methods to monitor the effectiveness of the sterilization process; and define the role of the Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) in bacteriologic surveillance and hospital epidemiology.
The course provides students with fundamental knowledge of microbiology, its role in the human disease process, principles of infection control and the prevention of nosocomial infections. Major topics include: fundamentals of microbiology; the diagnosis and treatment of patients having bacterial, viral, or fungal diseases; the disinfection and sterilization of respiratory therapy equipment; the adherence to and the utilization of appropriate isolation procedures; and the prevention of nosocomial infections. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, laboratory exercises, computer software exercises, observations, and exams.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Respiratory Care (4/17) (4/22 revalidation).