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Distance Learning

Pacific EMPRINTS distance learning offerings are designed to train the busy healthcare professional in various aspects of emergency preparedness and response by providing an online resource that can be accessed at any time. Distance learning offerings generally take an average of 30 minutes to complete, and are offered in a variety of formats ranging from PowerPoint® slides with audio to podcasts.

Online offerings cover a wide range of topics, including bioterrorism concerns such as anthrax and viral hemorrhagic fevers to emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza. Pacific EMPRINTS is also the only provider of online Problem-Based Learning (PBL) cases, which are online courses based on real-life scenarios, to allow healthcare providers to better visualize how various threats might present themselves.

Distance learning offerings address awareness, recognition, performance, planning, and management competencies and are organized into the following categories:
  1. Knowledge-based Courses
  2. Problem-based Learning (PBL) Courses
  3. Podcasts
  4. Geographic Information Systems Awareness and Knowledge Courses
  5. ArcGIS Emergency Planning and Response Exercises
  6. Mini-Simulated Exercises

Continuing Medical Education Credits

For every 50 minutes of successfully completed coursework that is
eligible for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, health
professionals can receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from the
Yale School of Medicine, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council
for Continuing Medical Education.

Course Registration and Fees

All online courses are free*. To access courses, pro-spective students can register at the Pacific EMPRINTS website, A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for all types of offerings upon completion of the appropriate post-test with a score of 80% or higher. Most of these distance learning offerings can also be taken via CDs, with a code provided at the end of each CD which links back to the website, allowing users to take the appropriate post-test and receive a Certificate of Completion and/or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, if applicable.

The website,, is continually updated with new courses
and information to keep pace with new and emerging threats worldwide.

*subject to change without notice.