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NV: Bioterrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction Course Introduction (image)


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This course fulfills the bioterrorism continuing education requirement for all nurses licensed or seeking licensure in Nevada.

It is not approved and does not fulfill the bioterrorism CE requirement for physicians or physician assistants.

Authors: Susan Walters Schmid, PhD
               Tracey Long RN, PhD, APRN


Contact hours: 4.0
Pharmacotherapy hours: 2.0
Expiration date: December 31, 2024
Course price: $29

Course Summary

Defines terrorism, bioterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction and summarizes the diseases and agents most commonly used as chemical, biological, radiologic, and nuclear weapons. Outlines CDC recommendations and best practices and discusses the components and use of the Nevada Health Alert Network (HAN).

Nevada’s Requirement for Bioterrorism Course

Nevada's Assembly Bill 250 requires that several types of health care professionals, including nurses, take four hours of continuing education “relating to the medical consequences of an act of terrorism that involves the use of a weapon of mass destruction.” The bill’s requirements are incorporated into the Nevada Nurse Practice Act (NRS 632.343 (3).

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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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between these 2 things: Terrorism and mass shootings.
  2. State the 3 main types of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
  3. Identify 2 types of chemical agents by their effects.
  4. Discuss the 3 categories of biological agents in terms of their toxicity.
  5. Name 4 ways of protecting patients and staff from radiologic injury.
  6. Name the 4 types of alerts offered by the Nevada Health Alert Network (NVHAN).