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Goals and Learning Outcomes

The service provided by public health agencies in the U.S. is integral to homeland security and national defense. Nurses and other healthcare workers in these settings are on the front lines of this nation's emergency preparedness and public health response. In this age of modern warfare and terrorism, the threats posed by rogue entities range from chemical and biological agents to radiologic sources and explosive devices. Collectively, these threats are categorized as weapons of mass destruction.

Front-line nurses in all healthcare settings comprise this country's largest body of healthcare professionals. You must be knowledgeable about these threats and the enormous risks they pose to the safety and health of the general public. This course will provide a broad overview of the biological agents that may be weaponized against a population and other agents that may be used as weapons of war or terror.

The goal of this course is to educate nursing professionals in all healthcare settings about bioterrorism.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the terms bioterrorism, biological weapons, and weapons of mass destruction.
  • Recall the features of the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • Recognize the attributes of the National Syndromic Surveillance Network (NSSP).
  • Prioritize three categories of bioterrorism agents/diseases that may be weaponized.
  • Discuss at least two radiological sources that may be used as weaponized agents.
  • Identify at least three chemical agents that may be used as weaponized agents.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 08/01/24

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.