Microbiology: Basic and Clinical Principles

9780321928290: Microbiology: Basic and Clinical Principles

For pre-nursing and allied health students (including mixed-majors courses).


Building tomorrow’s health care leaders


Lourdes Norman-McKay wrote Microbiology: Basic and Clinical Principles to equip tomorrow’s allied health professionals with necessary critical thinking skills. In the first and only introductory microbiology text developed from the ground up with this student population in mind, Norman-McKay teaches not only the fundamentals of microbiology, but also how to apply critical thinking to real-world healthcare scenarios.


The author introduces her unique “S.M.A.R.T.” problem-solving framework (Summarize known and unknown, Make connections, Avoid distractors, Read and re-read, Thoroughly answer) that helps students tackle clinical cases online and throughout the book. This textbook is the first on the market written to align with the American Society of Microbiology’s nursing-centric learning outcomes, as well as NCLEX learning outcomes,and emphasizes topics that are medically relevant. The author’s conversational writing style employs accessible analogies and humor to engage students in their reading, while the artwork incorporates new research-based learning design principles to focus learners on what is truly important.   


Online videos of clinical cases, tutorials, and animations coach students through tough concepts in Mastering™ Microbiology, complementing Microbiology: Basic and Clinical Principles and helping students think clinically and critically.


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Mastering Microbiology is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment platform designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature immediate wrong answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience to help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.  An expanded, robust Mastering Microbiology program works with the text to provide an interactive and personalized learning experience that ensures students learn microbiology both in and out of the classroom.

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About the Author:

Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay earned her B.S. in microbiology and cell science from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in microbiology and immunology at Penn State College of Medicine, where she was awarded a National Institutes of Health Fellowship to study the role of viruses in cancer. She has fifteen years of experience teaching allied health students at the associate, baccalaureate, and post baccalaureate levels. She is currently a fulltime professor at Florida State College Jacksonville where she primarily teaches microbiology and anatomy and physiology. She is also an adjunct faculty for Nova Southeastern University where she teaches clinical genetics to physician assistant students.


Not only is she deeply committed to advancing allied health education as a teacher and author, but while she was an associate dean at her college she was directly involved in STEM program development–to include drafting, launching, and securing accreditation for a biomedical sciences baccalaureate program. She has also developed and administered career and technical workforce certificates in STEM areas. In addition, Dr. Norman-McKay has extensive experience with building online and hybrid course curriculum; this includes technical training through the Florida Space Research Institute and Workforce Florida.


Her dedication to students is clearly marked by her work as a co-principle investigator on an NSF grant that provided over half a million dollars in scholarship funds for STEM education at her institution. And, in 2016, her peers and students recognized her with the Outstanding Faculty Award at Florida State College Jacksonville. Lastly, she has been an active participant in the American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) Microbiology in Nursing Task Force Committee, which recently drafted and disseminated learning outcomes focused on microbiology curriculum as it applies to nursing/ pre-nursing students.


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