Continuing Education/CME

Intermediate Awareness Course

This is the course to be taken following the basic awareness course, which presents information on bioterrorism and all-hazards preparedness and response, appropriate for health care professionals, providers, staff, and volunteers. The course includes four modules and is outlined below.

Course 2 is approved for CE/CME (four contact hours). View a listing of all approved health professions that are able to receive CME/CE credits. The course is free and available live and online. Register now to take the online version of this course, or contact us if you would like this course via live presentation.

Course Competencies
  1. Knowledge and ability to demonstrate the competencies from Basic Level
  2. Knowledge of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques
  3. Understanding of how to select and use personal protective equipment
  4. Knowledge of relevant standard operational and termination procedures
  5. Ability to perform basic control, containment and /or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available
  6. Ability to determine and implement basic decontamination procedure
  7. Knowledge of how to implement the Incident Command System
  8. Knowledge of how to establish communications with outside agency command centers
  9. Understanding of relevant standard operating and termination procedures
Course Modules and Lessons
  1. Module 1: The Emergency Response System
    • Lesson 1: NIMS - the Local Incident Command System (ICS) and the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)
    • Lesson 2: The Emergency Operations Center
    • Lesson 3: Functions of Incident Management (Command, Logistics, Planning, Finance, Operations)
    • Lesson 4: Communications during a Disaster
    • Lesson 5: Evidence and Chain of Custody in Sample Handling and Disaster Investigation
  2. Module 2: CBRNE
    • Lesson 1: Chemical Agents in Intentional and Non-intentional Disasters
    • Lesson 2: Biological Agents in Intentional and Non-intentional Disasters
    • Lesson 3: Radiation/Nuclear Exposures in Intentional and Non-intentional Disasters
    • Lesson 4: Energetics/Explosive Events in Intentional and Non-intentional Disasters
  3. Module 3: The Psychosocial Impact of a Disaster
    • Lesson 1: Normal Reactions to Stressful Events
    • Lesson 2: The Role of Mental Health Personnel
    • Lesson 3: Helping Survivors, Their Families, and Disaster Workers Cope Following a Disaster Event
    • Lesson 4: The Need for Conflict Prevention, Management, and Communication
  4. Module 4: Issues Managing a Mass-Casualty Disaster Event
    • Lesson 1: Surge Capacity and System Overload
    • Lesson 2: Triage and Patient Tracking
    • Lesson 3: Transportation
    • Lesson 4: Security