ASM Microbiology in Nursing and Allied Health (MINAH) curriculum guidelinesMicrobiology is an essential course for all nurses and allied health professionals in training. The community-developed Microbiology in Nursing and Allied Health (MINAH) curriculum guidelines are aligned to ASM’s Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology as well as the test plan for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses published in 2016. The MINAH guidelines detail both concepts that students should understand as well as key microbiology-related competencies and skills they should possess.
Implementing the MINAH guidelinesIf you’re teaching microbiology to nursing/allied health students, we encourage you to implement the MINAH guidelines and share them with other stakeholders including nursing faculty colleagues, students, accrediting bodies, program administrators, and policy makers. You can also engage with other users of the guidelines by joining our microedu listserv.
For a perspective on why the MINAH guidelines are necessary, see “Microbiology in Nursing and Allied Health (MINAH) Undergraduate Curriculum Guidelines: A Call to Retain Microbiology Lecture and Laboratory Courses in Nursing and Allied Health Programs” published in ASM’s Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.
The importance of evidence-based instructional practicesASM’s MINAH guidelines were written to be used in conjunction with evidence-based instructional practices such as student-centered classrooms, active learning and backwards course design. These teaching practices promote student learning for long-lasting and deep understanding. For the latest research in evidence-based educational practices in microbiology, see ASM’s Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.
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