M (ASCP) Technologist in Microbiology: Study Guide & Exam Prep

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This convenient online test prep course helps you get ready for the M (ASCP) Technologist in Microbiology exam in a few short weeks. Access these short lessons and quizzes to review and master all of the microbiology concepts that you'll encounter on the exam. This Study.com course was last updated in 2018.
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17 chapters in M (ASCP) Technologist in Microbiology: Study Guide & Exam Prep

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Ch 1. Overview of Microbiology Lab Techniques {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[424345].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - Simple and Differential Stains: Definition and Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11937].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11937].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - The Gram Stain: Background and Example Organisms Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11332].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11332].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - The Gram Stain: Theory and Procedure Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11938].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11938].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - Growing Bacteria in a Lab: Experiments & Conditions Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11333].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11333].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 5 - What Is Bacterial Growth & Generation Time? - Curves, Phases & Stages Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11334].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11334].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 6 - Serial Dilution in Microbiology: Calculation, Method & Technique Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11335].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11335].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 7 - Differential & Selective Media in Microbiology Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11336].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11336].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Ch 3. Analytical Procedures for Microbiology Labs {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[424363].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - Immunological Methods Used in Biology Labs Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[43814].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[43814].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - Agarose Gel Electrophoresis: Equipment & Procedure Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5956].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5956].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - Agarose Gel Electrophoresis: Results Analysis Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3655].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3655].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - PCR: Reagents Used in Polymerase Chain Reaction Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3202].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3202].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 5 - PCR: Steps Involved in Polymerase Chain Reaction Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3135].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3135].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 6 - The Sanger Method of DNA Sequencing Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3658].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3658].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 7 - Microarrays: Definition & Analyzing Genes on a Chip Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3137].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3137].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 8 - Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay: Definition & Application Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[399055].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[399055].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 9 - Neutralization Reaction: Definition, Equation & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10659].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10659].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 10 - Agglutination in Microbiology: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[54340].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[54340].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Ch 4. Safety Regulation in Microbiology Labs {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[424367].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[27690].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[27690].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[27877].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[27877].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - Infectious & Non-Infectious Waste: Disposal & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[424373].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[424373].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - How to Dispose of Sharps Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[225433].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[225433].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 5 - Other Potentially Infectious Material (OPIM): Definition & Transmission Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[225435].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[225435].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 6 - Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[27876].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[27876].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 7 - Understanding SDS/OSHA Labels on Chemicals & Supplies Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[27689].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[27689].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Antiseptics, Disinfectants & Sterilization Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10920].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10920].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - Autoclaves and Moist Heat Sterilization: Use With Surgical Tools Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10921].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10921].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - Sterilization by Irradiation: Method & Types Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10922].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10922].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - What Is Gas Plasma Sterilization? - Definition and Applications Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10923].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10923].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 5 - Sterilization by Filtration: Advantages & Disadvantages Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10924].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10924].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 6 - What Is Pasteurization? - Definition & Common Uses Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10925].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10925].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 7 - Understanding How Sterilization Is Quantified Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10926].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10926].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 8 - Using Alcohol as a Disinfectant and Antiseptic Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10927].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10927].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 9 - What Are Phenol Disinfectants? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10928].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10928].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 10 - Chlorine and Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: Advantages and Disadvantages Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10929].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10929].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 11 - What Are Peroxide Antiseptics? - Definition, Types & Uses Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10930].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10930].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 12 - What Is Ethylene Oxide? - Uses, Safety & Technology Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11252].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[11252].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 13 - Chlorhexidine, Iodine & Silver: Uses and Modes of Action Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10931].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10931].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 2 - Immunologic & Serologic Characteristics of Parasitic Infections Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[424483].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[424483].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 3 - Transmission & Prevention of Parasitic Disease & Infection Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[424485].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[424485].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 4 - Medical Testing for Parasitic Infection Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[456789].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[456789].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Ch. 2
Equipment & Instrumentation for Microbiology Labs
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Ch. 7
Bacteria Clinical Information
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Ch. 8
Fungi & Actinomycetes Morphology & Identification
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Ch. 9
Fungi & Actinomycetes Clinical Information
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Ch. 10
Preparing & Processing Parasite Specimens
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Ch. 13
Processing Mycobacteria, Virus & Microorganisms
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Ch. 14
Mycobacteria, Viral & Microorganism Morphology & Identification
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Ch. 15
Clinical Information for Mycobacteria, Viruses & Microorganisms
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Ch. 16
Microbiologist Education & Competencies
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Ch. 17
M (ASCP) Technologist in Microbiology Flashcards
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