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Introduction to Chemical Agents


Approximately 12 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Introduction to Chemical Agents" is designed to give a brief overview of the history of chemical agent use, chemical agent characteristics, routes of exposure, routes of dissemination, and chemical agent categories. Chemical agent exposure identification and decontamination for healthcare professionals will also be discussed.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. List the major classes of chemical agents associated with potential terrorist activity and describe their routes of exposure, associated illnesses, and treatments.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to rule out, when possible, or determine an accurate diagnosis of exposure to CBRNE agents.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the categories of chemical agents, possible routes of chemical agent exposure, and possible chemical agent dissemination mechanisms.
  2. Describe decontamination procedures for a victim of a chemical agent exposure.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.