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Microbiology in Nursing and Allied Health (MINAH) Undergraduate Curriculum Guidelines: A Call to Retain Microbiology Lecture and Laboratory Courses in Nursing and Allied Health Programs

    Authors: Lourdes Norman-McKay1,*, the ASM MINAH Undergraduate Curriculum Guidelines Committee2
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    Affiliations: 1: Florida State College Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL 32256
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    • Received 09 November 2017 Accepted 05 February 2018 Published 27 April 2018
    • ©2018 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    • [open-access] This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ and https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode), which grants the public the nonexclusive right to copy, distribute, or display the published work.

    • Supplemental materials available at http://asmscience.org/jmbe
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Lourdes Norman-McKay, Florida State College Jacksonville, Deerwood Center Office B2230, 9911 Old Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256. Phone: 904-997-2598. E-mail: [email protected].
    • 2 See Appendix 3 for a list of committee members
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. April 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1524
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    Abstract:

    This position paper presents the ( Appendix 1 ) that were developed by a committee effort of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). These guidelines differ from the 2012 presented by a separate ASM taskforce. The fact that some U.S. nursing programs are eliminating microbiology courses from their curriculum prompted the development of curriculum guidelines focused on nursing and allied health.

    Here we review: 1) factors that have shifted microbiology’s place in health professions curricula (with a focus on nursing associate degree programs); 2) resources to support microbiology’s inclusion in nursing and allied health programs; and 3) recommendations for maintaining microbiology as a full course (lecture and laboratory) in nursing and allied health undergraduate curricula.

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Abstract:

This position paper presents the ( Appendix 1 ) that were developed by a committee effort of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). These guidelines differ from the 2012 presented by a separate ASM taskforce. The fact that some U.S. nursing programs are eliminating microbiology courses from their curriculum prompted the development of curriculum guidelines focused on nursing and allied health.

Here we review: 1) factors that have shifted microbiology’s place in health professions curricula (with a focus on nursing associate degree programs); 2) resources to support microbiology’s inclusion in nursing and allied health programs; and 3) recommendations for maintaining microbiology as a full course (lecture and laboratory) in nursing and allied health undergraduate curricula.

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