Microbiology Frequently Asked Questions

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While Corexcel cannot guarantee that a college or university will accept this course for credit, some may after they evaluate the course content. Typically the school will request a course description, outline and objectives to determine if it will be accepted. You can download a printable course outline that you can present to your school.

The course is contained completely online which means you don't have to travel to a testing location to take exams. Complete all coursework and tests from any computer with an Internet connection.

No the tests are not timed. However, you will automatically be logged out of the course if there is 15 minutes of inactivity. If the test does time out or if you get interrupted and have to return to the exam at a later time, you will have the option to resume where you left off or start the exam over entirely. You can also bookmark your location and come back to finish a test at a later time.

This course is self-paced and several factors determine how long the course will take to complete. Some of the factors include your connection speed, how fast you read, how familiar you are with medical terms and your determination to finish the course. This course is accredited for 3.8 CEUs which is the equivalent of 38 hours. An average student will take 38 hours to read every page, complete every practice exercise, and complete every test in it's entirety. Most students do not feel the need to complete every exercise and study aid. Some students have completed this course in a few days while others have taken the full year.

Certificates are mailed within 2-3 business days of completion of the course and the course evaluation form. To request expedited shipping for your certificate, simply call our offices at 888.658.6641 or send your request by email using our contact form.

Corexcel does not charge separate registration or subscription fees. Your course fee gives you access to the course material for 12 months.

No, there is not an additional fee for your CEU certificate. It is included in the course enrollment price. When you successfully complete the Microbiology online course, you will receive a certificate of completion with 3.8 CEUs.

Yes, upon successful completion of the course students are issued a CEU certificate as well as a letter stating their percentage and the letter grade equivalent.

Your overall grade for the course will be an average of the chapter test scores. They are not weighted and you must receive an overall average of 70% or above on the chapter exams to pass the course. There are exercises and study aids available for practice. Tests that count towards your grade will be indicated in the course.

The Corexcel course number is CXW0059 and the course title on the certificate is Microbiology: Practical Applications and Infection Prevention.

This is dependent on your employer or school. To determine if this course will meet specific college or university requirements, submit the course syllabus and accreditation information to your school for approval prior to enrolling.

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In 1970, a national task force of volunteers met to establish a form of credit for continuing education different from the semester system used in higher education. That credit was named the "Continuing Education Unit" and has come to be known as the "CEU." A CEU is defined as:

"Ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction."

The International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is the founder and guardian of the CEU and determines the criteria for awarding CEUs.

Corexcel is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

This type of credit is typically given for courses taken from training companies who've endured the rigorous process of accreditation but are not considered universities. CEUs are able to be converted to college credit more often than not.

Important: Beware of companies offering CEUs without the accreditation to offer them. If you are taking a course for CEUs make sure the organization providing the credits is accredited through the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training. You can check to see if an organization is accredited in the IACET directory. Be sure to check the accreditation of any online school prior to enrolling in a course.

The textbook is not required since an eBook version of the complete text is contained within the online course. Some students prefer to do some of the coursework off-line and the physical textbook helps with that.

Cengage Unlimited is a subscription service designed to give students taking multiple courses access to electronic textbooks and digital products. A free 14-day trial of Cengage Unlimited is included with your registration fee. This subscription is not required to complete Corexcel courses. Your registration fee includes an eBook and all content necessary to complete the online course.

This varies by company or organization.

Due to the nature of online content, we cannot issue full refunds for online course access once an access code has been registered. Students may receive a partial refund within the drop/add period based on the following schedule:

Online Microbiology Course Refund Schedule
Drop Period Refund % Refund Amount
< 3 days after enrollment 55% $110.00
3-5 days after enrollment 35% $70.00
6-15 days after enrollment 25% $50.00

Refund requests may be made by mail, through our contact form, by fax or by telephone:

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Once you have completed the course, which includes completing all of the chapter tests with an overall average of 70% or better, submit the online course evaluation. Submitting the online evaluation triggers a notification to be sent to our customer service team. Upon receipt of the notification, we will verify your scores and mail your certificate to the address we have on file.

This course carries international accreditation meaning it is acceptable across the world. Corexcel is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. If you need to present a description of the course you can download a printable course outline.

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