Additional Course Information



This course is designed to educate health care workers about basic tuberculosis (TB) concepts.



Target audiences for the TB 101 for Health Care Workers include:

         Newly hired TB program staff

        - Nurses

        - Outreach workers

        - Health educators

         Health care workers in areas related to TB, including individuals who work in HIV/AIDS clinics or correctional facilities


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:


   Lesson 1:

         Describe what causes TB

         Describe the global situation of TB

         List three factors that have contributed to the global resurgence of TB

         List continuing challenges to TB control in the United States


   Lesson 2:

         Explain how TB is spread

         Explain how latent TB infection and TB disease develop

         Explain the difference between latent TB infection and TB disease


   Lesson 3:

         Briefly explain the concept of targeted testing

         List groups at high risk for infection with M. tuberculosis

         List groups at high risk for progression to TB disease after infection with M. tuberculosis

         List the methods that can be used to test for TB infection


   Lesson 4:

         List the five components of a medical evaluation for TB disease

         List the five components of a TB bacteriological examination


    Lesson 5:

         Explain why latent TB infection is treated

         Describe three treatment regimens for latent TB infection

         List potential adverse reactions to the drugs used to treat latent TB infection


    Lesson 6:

         Briefly describe the preferred treatment regimen for TB disease

         List adverse reactions to drugs used to treat TB disease

         Describe TB treatment adherence strategies



The actual time it takes to complete this course may differ from person to person. It should take approximately one hour to complete the entire six-lesson course.


Disclosure Statement

CDC, our planners, and our content experts wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters.


Instructions for Receiving Continuing Education Credits

1.           Complete this course.

2.           Once you completed this course, go to CDC Training and Continuing Education Online at:

3.           Once you have logged in/registered, Click on search and keyword search for course CB/WB1538.

4.           Click on the course. The course information page will come up. Scroll down to register here. Click on the type of CE credit that you would like to receive and then submit. Demographic questions will come up. Complete the questions and then submit.

5.           From "Participant services", click on "evaluations and tests"

6.           Answer the questions presented on posttest.

7.           Complete the course evaluation.

8.           You will be able to immediately print your continuing education certificate from your personal transcript.

9.           If you have any questions or problems contact CDC Training and Continuing Education Online at: 1-800-41TRAIN or 404- 639-1292 or


Minimum System Requirements

Below are minimum system requirements for Lectora-created e- learning:

         Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.5 browser (or higher) on standard Microsoft® technologies, i.e. Windows® NT®, Windows® 2000, Windows® XP and Windows® 98

         JavaScript enabled

         Popup blocker disabled

         Intel® Pentium® III Processor

         256 MB RAM

         Broadband Internet connection

         Adobe® Reader for PDF's

         Adobe® Flash Player



Almost all the graphics and animations contained in this course are in the public domain, unless otherwise specified. Those that are not in the public domain are clearly marked with the appropriate disclaimer “Unauthorized use of this image is prohibited” and are not to be used outside of this course.


Contact Us

Send questions and comments about this course to the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention E-mail: