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 education@asmusa.org with any questions, suggestions, or feedback. All comments must be received by September 15, 2017