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705-11 The Positive, The Negative, The Gram Stain: An Online Course

February 25, 2011 — 25, 2014


This course must be completed by February, 25, 2014.

This online basic Gram stain course is appropriate for laboratory professionals who routinely use this microbiology procedure. Using the Gram stain to characterize an organism is an initial step in routine bacterial identification. Direct specimen Gram stains provide rapid information regarding specimen quality, bacterial and cellular presence as well as a presumptive diagnosis of infectious agents. A thorough understanding of the Gram stain is foundational knowledge for anyone working in the microbiology laboratory. The course focuses on the uses, principles, procedures, interpretations and troubleshooting of this most universally performed microbiology stain.

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

·         Discuss uses of the Gram stain in microbiology.

·         Interpret organism and direct specimen Gram stain smears.

·         Evaluate Gram stain smear results, including troubleshooting corrective measures


Karen Honeycutt, MEd, MLS(ASCP)SM
Faculty Senate Immediate Past President
CLS Program Education Coordinator & Associate Program Director
University of Nebraska Medical Center
School of Allied Health Professions
Clinical Laboratory Science Program
Omaha, Nebraska

This online course is appropriate for microbiologists, pathologists, residents, students, and laboratory scientists working in clinical, public health, veterinary, and academic settings.

Continuing Education:
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. Participants will be awarded 1.5 contact hour(s) for this program upon completion of the evaluation. 

Delivery Format:
Program is best viewed using Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6.x and 7.x. Windows Vista users should use Internet Explorer 7.x. NOTE: Pop-up blockers must be turned off. Each course includes a post-test as well as an evaluation.

Fee: $50.00 per person.  
*2-5 participants at $40 per participant
*5-10 participants at $30 per participant
*10 or more $20 per participant
If you are interested in bulk pricing please contact susan.bailey@aphl.org

You may pay online using a credit card. If you would like to pay by check, please request a registration form from the APHL Registrar at 240-485-2727. Send a check made out to APHL to APHL Registrar PO Box 79117, Baltimore, MD, 21279-0117. Be sure to attach a registration form and include the number of the course on the check. If no registration form is received your check will be deposited but you may not be registered for the course or get a confirmation notice. We do not accept purchase orders. We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations.

If you have difficulty with the online registration process, please e-mail registrar@aphl.org or call 240.485.2727 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET).

Special Needs and Information:
Individuals seeking special accommodations should submit their request in writing to registrar@aphl.org. Please allow sufficient time for APHL to make arrangements to access the course, normally at least three weeks prior to your desire to view the course. For more information call 240-485-2727.

There are no additional sessions for this event.