Bacillus anthracis


This course provides clinical laboratory scientists with information about the laboratory identification of anthrax. This training assists clinical laboratory scientists in recognizing potential agents of bioterrorism that they may encounter during routine laboratory work-ups of sputum, blood and aspirate/biopsy specimens. Laboratory managers may consider using this course to:

  • Assess staff competency in performing relevant laboratory procedures accurately, and
  • Determine whether staff are referring specimens for confirmation tests correctly

Upon completion of this eLearning, you will be able to:

  • Describe laboratory tests for presumptive identification of B. anthracis
  • Describe how to use the sentinel laboratory protocols to rule out or refer specimens
  • Discuss the role of the LRN sentinel laboratory in detection of B. anthracis
Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Laboratory Systems, Laboratory Training and Services Branch, is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This course is approved for 1.5 contact hours P.A.C.E.® credit.

P.A.C.E.® Course Number: 288-014-17

This course is approved for 1.5 contact hours in the category Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology for Florida Laboratory Licensees.

Florida Course Number: 20-515744

More Information

Biological Terrorism Training for Sentinel Laboratories: Bacillus anthracis pdf icon

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Length of Course

1.5 Hours

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Credits Offered


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Delivery Method

On-demand eLearning

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Sponsoring Agency


Page last reviewed: February 25, 2019