Guide to Intestinal Parasites: Microscopic organisms (Protozoa/Protista)
The goal of this course is to define and identify intestinal protozoan parasites, and to explain the distribution, characteristics, infection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention methods.

Course Publication Date: May 09, 2016

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Author:Wanda Lockwood RN, BA, MA
Course No:IPM042416
Contact Hours:4.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
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Learning Objectives
  • Identify the 2 main types of intestinal parasites.
  • Explain the characteristics of protozoa.
  • List 5 groups of protozoa.
  • Describe the main characteristics of Giardia.
  • Describe the main characteristics of Entamoeba histolytica.
  • Describe the main characteristics of Balantidium coli.
  • Describe the main characteristics of at least two Sporozoa, including Cryptosporidium.
  • Describe the main characteristics of microsporidia.
  • Describe diagnostic measures for all organisms.
  • Describe treatment options for all organisms.
  • Describe common methods to prevent infection with protozoa.


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