Information for Professionals Required Bioterrorism Education

Required Bioterrorism Education for Renewal of Nursing License

During the 2003 Legislative Session, House Bill 1483 added section 301.305 to the Nursing Practice Act, requiring that two-hours of bioterrorism education be included in the 20 hours of CE required for all nurses (Licensed Vocational Nurses, Registered Nurses, and advanced practice nurses) to renew their license. To meet this requirement, the Board of Nurses Examiners collaborated with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop the rules that govern the design of the educational program.

DSHS, the lead agency for public health preparedness and response developed this Web page as reference material for anyone interested in designing a course to meet this requirement. If you are interested in designing an educational program, the following information and Web links may be of benefit to you.

If you would like information on bioterrorism courses contact TNA at or call 512-452-0645 DSHS can not endorse any course designed to meet the requirements of HB 1483 for renewal of nursing licensure. This page serves as reference material for the development of courses only.

Course for Recognizing and Responding to Bioterrorism and other Public Health Emergencies
Course provided by the The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing with an overview of biological and chemical agents that are of concern during a bioterrorism event. Basic principles for emergency health response are included. Topics such as provision of patient care, as well as decontamination, personal protection equipment and isolation precautions are reviewed. Further, public health and hospital roles are examined and important questions and answers as well as case studies provide invaluable information on this important topic. 

Helpful Numbers

  • Board of Nurse Examiners 512-305-7400
  • Texas Nurses Association 512-452-0645

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Last updated July 18, 2016