Virtual Community Reception Center (vCRC)

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Following a mass casualty radiation emergency, public health professionals will play a crucial role in assessing and monitoring people potentially exposed to radiation or contaminated with radioactive material. This process, called population monitoring, will be conducted in community reception centers (CRCs).

Virtual Community Reception Center (vCRC) is a web-based training tool that provides an overview of the CRC process for planners, managers, and potential CRC staff. vCRC is a self-paced program that uses a simulated 3-D environment, embedded video segments, an interactive process flow diagram, and customizable supporting resources to deliver a unique training experience for all users.

After completing the program, users will be able to:

  • Describe the process flow in a CRC
  • Identify the key stations in a CRC
  • Recognize essential services for each station in the CRC

For questions or comments about vCRC, please contact Radiation Studies via email at

Continuing Education is available for this program. Read through the following information and follow the link at the bottom of the page to register for continuing education for vCRC.

Continuing Education Available for vCRC

Type Hours
Continuing Medical Education (CME) 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) 1.2 contact hours
Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) 1.5 Category I CECH in health education
Continuing Education Units (CEU) 0.1 ANSI/IACET CEU’s

If you want continuing education for this program, read on.


CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 1.2 contact hours.

CEU: The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 ANSI/IACET CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number GA0082.

Course Category:
This activity has been designated as Knowledge-Based.

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You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above. To evaluate this educational activity, receive a certificate/statement of credit, to print-out an on-going transcript of all your TCEOnline CE activities for credits/contact hours, please go to:

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Page last reviewed: April 4, 2018
Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Emergency Management, Radiation, and Chemical Branch