Radiation Basics Made Simple

Radiation Basics Made Simple is a training module that introduces participants to the fundamentals of radiation and radioactivity.

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Radiation Basics Made Simple features an enhanced lecture-style video and interactive knowledge checks to deliver and reinforce key concepts. The training is divided into eight segments:

  • Sources of Radiation
  • Radioactive Decay
  • Measuring Radiation
  • Biological Effects of Radiation
  • Radiation Protection
  • Decontamination
  • Environmental Impact of Radioactivity
  • Responding to Radiation Emergencies

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Continuing Education Available for Radiation Basics Made Simple

Type Hours
Continuing Medical Education (CME) 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) 1.4 contact hours
Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) 1.5 Category I CECH in health education
Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) 1.5 Contact Hours in pharmacy education
Continuing Education Units (CEU) 0.1 ANSI/IACET CEU’s


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

The CDC designates this Enduring Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The CDC is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.4 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 CDC, 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 1.5. CDC provider number GA0082.

CPE: CDC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 1.5 Contact Hours in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-9999-14-096-H01-P

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


In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, our content experts and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

The content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC does not accept commercial support.


You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.

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