i can't reply to messages yet, so i'll answer your questions here.
1) how do they know if the mid-term and final are proctored. also- how many questions are on each exam.
for the proctored exams, you will have to make an appointment and go to the testing center at your closest community college. i went to nashville state for the tests, though i was enrolled at columbia state and that was fine. the regular exams are about 50 questions, i think the lab and final were more. i can't remember exactly.
2) do i really need the book, since all the information is listed in the course content section.
if you want to pass, you will need the book. i bought the previous edition to save money, and there was no real difference. the older edition is white, and the newer is black, if you want to look on ebay or half.com.
3) are there any other test, besides the mid-term and final that are timed.
all the tests are timed, i think they are 1 or 1.5 hours. you have to download a special browser to take the exams and it does not let you open up anything else on your computer so you can't google answers. yes, you are at home and your book is there, and i know people use that, but with the time limit you cannot finish the exam if you have to look up every answer- you really do need to study the material.
4) do this class show up as - "microbiology 2230" or "intro to micro 2230" on your transcript.
it's microbiology 2230. it should be accepted throughout tn as your micro prereq. i can vouch that columbia state accepts it.
one note is that the facilitator of this class seems to use every trick in online teaching. there are outside websites to check your term paper for plagiarism, assigment dropboxes, the vu software, and the lockdown browser. be sure that you are comfortable with your computer and being able to figure out the different software. i think this course would be overwhelming to someone who barely uses computers.
there is a quiz, assignment, or test pretty much weekly (or at least it was in the summer course).
give it a try- definitely take micro before you get into your nursing program. i can't imagine micro on top of my current work. good luck!