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Microbiology - Nursing & Medical Flashcards

Microbiology - Nursing & Medical Flashcards

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  • Three hundred eighty-three (383) 3” x 5” content flashcards. Each card is durable, with a glossy front and a matte back for easy note-taking.
  • Section dividers
  • Index of topics & microbes
  • Level Up RN Learning System
  • Beautiful, durable storage box
  • 25+ hints (marked with a Cool Chicken!)
  • 61 original illustrations
  • Made to work perfectly with Membership - follow along with videos, review with the question bank or prep with the cram course!

The Level Up RN Microbiology Flashcards were designed to help pre-nursing students, nursing students, pre-med students, and students preparing for healthcare or biology-related programs. They provide the key information you need to know to pass your class exams, the TEAS exam, and the HESI A2 Exam. Our flashcards will help you learn:

  • Foundations
  • Prokaryote & Eukaryote Cells
  • Microbial Metabolism, Growth and Genetics
  • Acellular Infectious Agents
  • Control of Microbial Growth
  • Disease, Immunity & Epidemiology
  • Microbes & Infections

Level Up RN flashcards contain just the core information you need to know, without all the fluff. We also incorporate memory tools and tricks to make learning fun and effective. This helps you:

  • Focus on the most important microbiology facts.
  • Save time and effort when studying.
  • Retain the information more effectively.
  • Study what's important for microbiology: not just specific microbes and diseases, but also the core concepts—microbiology history, cell components, microbial metabolism, microbial growth, and more.
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Microbiology - Nursing & Medical Flashcards Topics

Microbiology Foundations

  • History of microbiology
  • Taxonomy & phylogeny
  • Overview of types of microorganisms
  • Chemistry review
  • Microscopes
  • Dyes & staining

Prokaryote & Eukaryote Cells

  • Prokaryote cell shapes & configurations
  • Prokaryote cell components
  • Endosymbiotic theory
  • Eukaryote cell components
  • Membrane transport mechanisms

Microbial Metabolism

  • Chemical reactions
  • Energy carriers
  • Enzymes
  • Carbon & energy source
  • Cellular respiration
  • Glycolysis
  • Transition reaction
  • Citric acid cycle
  • Oxidative phosphorylation
  • Fermentation
  • Lipid & protein metabolism
  • Photosynthesis
  • Biogeochemical cycles

Microbial Growth

  • Binary fission
  • Generation time
  • Bacterial growth phases
  • Bacterial growth curve
  • Direct & indirect measurement of bacterial growth
  • Plating methods
  • Biofilms
  • Quorum sensing
  • Requirements for growth
  • Culture media

Microbial Genetics

  • DNA structure
  • Gene expression
  • Semiconservative replication
  • Transcription
  • Genetic code
  • Translation
  • Mutations
  • DNA repair
  • Replica plating
  • Ames test
  • Transformation
  • Transduction
  • Conjugation
  • Transposons
  • Gene regulation
  • Repressible operons
  • Inducible operons
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular cloning
  • Restriction enzymes
  • Vectors
  • Agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Polymerase chain reaction

Acellular Infectious Agents

  • Virus components & shapes
  • Viral replication in prokaryote hosts (lytic cycle, lysogenic cycle, transduction)
  • Viral replication in animal hosts
  • Viral infections
  • Viral growth curve
  • Cultivation & identification of viruses
  • Other acellular infectious agents (viroids, prions)

Control of Microbial Growth

  • Microbial control terminology
  • Physical and chemical methods for controlling microbial growth
  • Evaluation of disinfectants
  • Antimicrobial drug terminology
  • Antimicrobial drug classes and key medications
  • Superinfection
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Multidrug-resistant microbes
  • Testing effectiveness of antimicrobials
  • Bacterial safety levels

Disease, Immunity & Epidemiology

  • Disease terminology
  • Periods of an infectious disease
  • Stages of pathogenesis
  • Infection terminology
  • Disease transmission
  • Virulence & virulence factors
  • Toxins
  • Innate & adaptive immunity
  • Microbiome
  • Vaccines
  • Immune system disorders
  • Polyclonal & monoclonal antibodies
  • Diagnostic immunology
  • Epidemiology terminology


Causative agent(s), signs/symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of important infections. Infections are broken out into body systems:

  • Infections of the Respiratory System: Pneumonia, streptococcal pharyngitis, diphtheria, otitis media, tuberculosis, pertussis, Legionnaires’ disease, common cold, influenza, RSV, COVID, measles, rubella, chickenpox, herpes zoster, histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, aspergillosis.
  • Infections of the Cardiovascular & Lymphatic System: Sepsis, toxic shock syndrome, infective endocarditis, brucellosis, cat scratch disease, plague, rocky mountain spotted fever, lyme disease, infectious mononucleosis, cytomegalovirus, yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya fever, ebola, HIV, malaria, toxoplasmosis, Chagas disease, schistosomiasis.
  • Infections of the Nervous System: Meningitis, tetanus, botulism, listeriosis, Hansen’s disease, arboviral encephalitis, zika, rabies, poliomyelitis, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, human African trypanosomiasis, cysticercosis & neurocysticercosis, primary amoebic meningoencephalitis.
  • Infections of the Gastrointestinal System: Dental caries, periodontal disease, mumps, staphylococcal food poisoning, shigellosis, salmonellosis, typhoid fever, diarrheagenic E. coli, cholera, campylobacteriosis, peptic ulcer disease, Clostridium perfringens enterocolitis, Clostridiodies difficile infection, viral gastroenteritis, viral hepatitis, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, enterobiasis, taeniasis.
  • Infections of the Genitourinary System: Urinary tract infection, leptospirosis, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, genital herpes, HPV, vaginal candidiasis, trichomoniasis.
  • Infections of the Skin & Eyes: Acne, folliculitis, impetigo, necrotizing fasciitis, anthrax, otitis externa, conjunctivitis, papillomas, oral herpes, roseola, fifth disease, hand, foot, & mouth disease, smallpox, tinea infection.

Microbial Diversity

Microbes A → Z. The most important microbes are included, along with the infections they can cause and key characteristics of each microbe.

For complete details, check out the searchable, interactive index of the topics covered in Microbiology - Nursing & Medical Flashcards.


Which exams do these flashcards help with?

  • TEAS exam
  • HESI A2 exam
  • Microbiology class exams

Who will level up their learning using these flashcards?

  • Pre-nursing and nursing students
  • Pre-med students
  • Occupational therapy (OT) students
  • Physical therapy (PT) students
  • Pharmacy school students
  • Radiology, ultrasound, MRI technician students
  • Nutrition and dietician students
  • Clinical and medical laboratory students
  • Students in a biology-related field (including biotechnology, bioproduction)
  • Environmental science students

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