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Bioterrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (154)

If you are licensed in Nevada, your state-mandated course is Nevada: Bioterrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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Author: Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Contact hours: 4
AOTA CEUs: 0.4
Expiration date: October 1, 2024
Course price: $35*

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Course Summary

Defines terrorism, bioterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction and summarizes the diseases and agents most commonly used as chemical, biologic, radiologic, and nuclear weapons. Outlines CDC recommendations and best practices.

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

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AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023 ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.4 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to*:

  1. Define terrorism, bioterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and list four main types of WMD.
  2. For a chemical weapons event, summarize the agents most commonly used, the epidemiologic clues to and symptoms of a chemical release, and the appropriate first-receiver actions.
  3. For a bioterrorism event, outline the CDC’s three categories of agents, the clinical features of high-priority agents, and the best practices and reporting procedures for first receivers.
  4. Describe the clinical features and treatment of exposure or injury from radiation, including acute radiation syndrome (ARS), and demonstrate ways to protect staff and patients during a radiation incident.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.