Purpose: Assesses students' understanding of the basis processes, structure, and function of microorganisms causing communicable diseases, the body's immunological response to foreign substances, and the epidemiology of communicable diseases. Items address the basic cellular, structural and functional differences of microorganisms; the body's immunological responses to microorganisms; how communicable diseases are transmitted by microorganism; and methods of disease control.
Format: 125 multiple-choice, four-option items. Twenty-five items are for experimental purposes and not included in the scoring.
Administration: Schedule after completion of course work in microbiology. This test may be administered as a computer-based test (CBT) or paper-based test (PBT). All achievement CBT and PBTs must be administered in a secure, proctored environment unless otherwise directed.
Scoring: A total score and three subscores are provided. Normative data are based on the performance of students in RN programs.
Microorganisms: 27 items
Immunology: 43 items
Epidemiology: 30 items