Bacterial Susceptibility Testing

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

In Class




9:00am to 5:00pm


Diaram Deokharan, MSc, MLT, ART

Learner Outcomes

Understand the fundamental concepts around bacterial susceptibility testing with this one day didactic and practical workshop.

Intended For

Practicing microbiology technologists, those who are re-entering the field, being cross-trained or wanting to upgrade their skills.


You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this workshop.


The Michener Institute, 222 St. Patrick Street, Toronto, ON

Text Book

Not required

Topics Covered

  • Understand the mechanisms of antibiotic actions
  • Understand the mechanisms of bacterial resistance
  • Appreciate the various methods of bacterial sensitivity testing, especially the Kirby-Bauer (KB) disc diffusion method
  • Read and interpret the latest CLSI Interpretative Tables
  • Understand Drug-Bug combinations, “D” Zone test, ESBL, Amp C, and Beta-lactamases
  • Recognize common and unusual antimicrobial patterns and reporting issues
  • Address quality control and associated problems

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