Microbiology or Medical Microbiology

Students Pre-Nursing



There is two classes offered at my school, Microbiology and Medical Microbiology. Regular Micro is 5 units and Medical Micro is 4 units. What is the major differences between the two classes? What would you guys recommend that I take? What do most schools want or prefer?



82 Posts

I can't tell you for sure what class you should take, but in my case my school only offered medical microbiology (4 units) and that's what I took and my nursing program accepted it. The schools around me only offered regular microbiology (5 units). All the nursing programs I had looked into didnt care if it was regular or medical as long as it was at least a 4 unit class with a lab. Of course I would go to a nursing advisor/counselor to make sure you're taking the correct prereq.

Specializes in Urgent Care NP, Emergency Nursing, Camp Nursing.

Ask for copies of the syllabus, and then shop them around to the advisors at the various nursing schools you'll be applying to in order to see which they want.


57 Posts

I decided to go with Micro because for the most part it is universally accepted everywhere. I hope I do well, its my last class before I apply!


114 Posts

In my school, the 4 unit micro class is the watered-down version of the 5 unit class and the only difference is that all of their labs are like pre-done for them and they have to do less than for the unknowns, but they learn the same things and we use the same book.

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