Infectious Microbes and Disease: General Principles - RT60040

Infectious Microbes and Disease: General Principles

by Barbara Barzoloski-O'Connor, MSN, RN, CIC and Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP
(4.3 / 85 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Respiratory Therapy (1.40 Contact Hr)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Each year, Streptococcus pneumoniae  — a bacterium — is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. despite the availability of a vaccine. Until 2000, at least 40% of the 60,000 cases of invasive S. pneumoniae infection were resistant to at least one drug. Pathogenic bacteria share the instinct to survive with their unwilling hosts. When faced with an antimicrobial attack, they rapidly assemble defensive resources. Although bacteria carry only a single chromosome, evolution has provided them with mechanisms that allow them to survive even aggressive antimicrobial treatment. Surviving bacteria are often resistant; these survivors reproduce and, by natural selection, become the dominant organism in the host. This course provides information about infections, antibiotic resistance, colonization and breaking the chain of disease.


The goal of this continuing education module is to broaden and update nurses’and respiratory therapists’ (RTs) knowledge of infectious disease causation and prevention. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the three components common to all infectious disease
  • List six of the factors associated with the emergence or resurgence and transmission of disease and one control measure for each
  • Identify three organisms associated with nosocomial disease
The Florida Board of Respiratory Care will not accept contact hours offered in tenth hour increments (example: 1.6 contact hours). Course contact hours will be rounded down to the nearest half hour (example: 1.6 contact hours becomes 1.5 contact hours, 1.4 contact hours becomes 1.0 contact hours). This course will be reported to CE Broker for FL Respiratory Care Practitioners Critical Care, Respiratory Care Practitioners Non-Critical Care, Registered Respiratory Therapists, and Certified Respiratory Therapists as 1.0 hour.

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and respiratory therapists.
Respiratory therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This program has been approved for 1.4 contact hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. This course is approved for 1/10/2012 to 1/10/2014 and 10/15/2015 to 10/15/2017.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 1/10/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/10/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/15/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.

This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.


For Florida professionals:

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ARLENE G - Cape Coral, FL  ·  Jul 06, 2017
infectious microbes and disease was a good course
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Anna Mae C - Litchfield PArk, AZ  ·  Jun 20, 2017
will definetely recommedn this course
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Tanya A - Goodyear, AZ  ·  May 02, 2017
interesting information about infection.
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CARLOS G - Miami, FL  ·  Apr 29, 2017
Very nice and up to date information. Many thanks.
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Ronald B - Deltona, FL  ·  Mar 22, 2017
Very interesting course that has enabled me to better understand infectious disease and the chain of transmission. to better understand the importance of thorough assessment and interview to recognize possible source.
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Price: $15.00
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