This class was tough.
I would recommend taking this course if you need it as a prerequisite for nursing, and the content is invaluable for future nurses. However, the instructor is relatively new and has a few kinks to work out before the course improves, in my opinion. He is very intelligent and has difficulty "getting on the students' level" when we ask for additional explanation on a concept. He goes very quickly through lectures, and did not assist us enough with the lab portion of class. Students had to learn on their own with study buddies outside of class, and through consistent reading of the textbook. There were often typos on exams and sloppy question-writing, which was frustrating
I enjoyed the material itself. Learning about the history of microbiology, from the first hand-made microscope to the groundbreaking work of Louis Pasteur. Learning the difference between Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria in terms of treatment plans for patients with these pathogens was the most helpful part of the course, and something I know I'll see again in my future career as a nurse.
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Advice for students:
Find a study buddy. Make flashcards. Read the textbook and highlight important concepts. Stay after class and ask the professor if he can explain a concept to you in a different way, if you're having trouble understanding it.