Despite being an important component of the curriculum, microbiology lab sections or even entire courses face elimination in many nursing degree programs. This challenge often stems from a lack of obvious alignment between microbiology content and nursing practice and is particularly apparent in two-year RN degree programs where the curriculum is crowded and time- and credit-limited. To address these issues, ASM formed a Microbiology in Nursing Task Committee.

To support instructors, the Committee drafted a community-driven set of guidelines for microbiology in the undergraduate RN curriculum. These guidelines are aligned to both the general ASM Recommended Curriculum Guidelines and the NCLEX-RN test, which all RNs must pass to become licensed. The Committee is now seeking input on these guidelines from microbiology and nursing educators.

Please review this document and contact with any questions, suggestions, or feedback. All comments must be received by September 15, 2017