Information in this section is for bacteriology, parasitology, virology, and other disciplines within the microbiology section of the MLS curriculum. These resources can be used to enrich student experiences while studying these disciplines.

To provide feedback or collaborate on developing new content please contact:

Breanna Russell
800-242-2787 ext. 2577
Distance Education Coordinator
ARUP Laboratories
Karen McRae
800-242-2787 ext. 3615
Student Education Coordinator
ARUP Laboratories

Video Lectures



Overview of major cestodes, or, tapeworms, that can cause human disease. This includes how to identify the parasite and the life cycles of the organisms, including other hosts that may be involved.

This video is 10 minutes.

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Overview of Nematodes (round worms) that can cause human disease. This includes identification of and life cycle of the organisms and impact on infected patients.

This video is 10 minutes.

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Other Blood Parasites

Overview of Trypanosomes, Leishmania and Microfiilaria species. Stains used to detect parasites, diseases caused by these parasites, morphology of the different species and other hosts involved in the life cycles.

This video is 11 minutes.

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Overview of Protozoa (single cell parasites) including amoeba, flagellates, coccidians and ciliates. This will include testing protocols, stains used, morphology and life cycles of selected species.

This video is 19 minutes.

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Overview of Trematodes (flukes) that can cause human disease. The presentation includes morphology, identification and life cycle of the parasites.

This video is 8 minutes.

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Plasmodium and Babesia

Overview of species that cause Malaria as well as Babesia. This includes the life cycles of the organisms, clinical features of disease and stages of Malaria

This video is 11 minutes.

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Review of Malaria and Plasmodium Species

This is a basic overview of the disease malaria and the causative agents, Plasmodium species. The life cycles of the parasites and their differentiating characteristics in the human host are discussed, for Plasmodium falciparum. P. ovale, P. vivax, P. malariae. Case studies demonstrate the disease states caused by each species.

This video is 48 minutes.


Bugs, Drugs, and Medical Thugs: A history of syphilis, the invention of penicillin, and research on vulnerable populations.

Syphilis has a long and sordid history. This disease has had a profound influence on the practice of medicine over the last few centuries. The advancement of both drug development and laboratory medicine has been shaped by our battle against the causative agent, T. Pallidum. This lecture covers the history and origins of syphilis, the invention of penicillin, and unethical clinical trials conducted on vulnerable populations in the fight against this disease. Current laboratory tests are described and the clinical algorithms recommended for diagnosis including the traditional and reverse sequence are outlined.

This video is 50 minutes.


Sterile Technique

Sterile Technique

This tutorial demonstrates the sterile technique and provides an explanation of why it is necessary for Microbiology.

Anaerobic Chamber

Anaerobic Chamber

The anaerobic chamber is used in the microbiology laboratory to culture and isolate Anaerobes. Anaerobes can cause serious infections leading to severe illness. This tutorial will cover what an anaerobic chamber is and how it is used.

How-To Videos


How to Make a Wet Prep

This video will instruct you how to create a basic wet prep.

This video is 3 minutes.


How to Perform a Gram Stain

This video will instruct you on how to create a manual gram stain.

This video is 6 minutes.