Basics on Laboratory Diagnostic Tests for Active TB

Registration Begins: 
Monday, March 22, 2021 - 9:00am
Registration Ends: 
Sunday, April 4, 2021 - 5:00pm

Training Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021  [virtual training offered via Zoom]

Training Time: 12:30 - 2:30 Pacific Time. (All of our virtual trainings are in Pacific Time. If you are unsure about the time zone differences, please use the Time Converter)

Cost: There is no fee for this training.

Credit: This training is approved for up to 2.00 nursing continuing education hour (see below). Certificates will be available approximately 12 weeks after the training.

Target Audience: This training is intended for new nurses and case managers who provide care for TB patients within the public health setting.

Description: This 2-hour training will cover the very basics on laboratory tests used in the diagnostic workup for active tuberculosis (smear, NAAT, culture and drug susceptibility testing).  Participants will also apply what they learn to case scenarios in small group practice sessions to reinforce steps the case manager should take based on these laboratory results.

This virtual training is part of the Curry Center’s Tuberculosis Case Management and Contact Investigation Intensive (CMCI) core training. The 2021 virtual CMCI series is designed for tuberculosis case managers and public health nurses who deliver case management services to patients with active or latent TB within the public health setting. For more information about this series, and other core training opportunities, please see visit our website or email us at

Training Objectives:

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • describe 4 TB diagnostic tests and list several features unique to each one
  • interpret sample laboratory test results, and determine next steps the nurse case manager should take

Virtual Training Format: interactive lecture, small breakout group case studies and Q&A/discussion



Jennifer Miller, RN, CPH
Communicable Disease Nurse Consultant
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Butte, MT

Heidi Behm, RN, MPH
TB Nurse Consultant/TB Controller, Public Health Division
Oregon Health Authority
Portland, OR

Drew Francis, M(ASCP)CM
Public Health Scientist III
Mycobacteriology/Bacteriology Supervisor
Arizona Department of Health Services
Arizona State Laboratory Services
Phoenix, AZ


The Curry International Tuberculosis Center is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California State Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number CEP 12308. This training is approved for up to 2.00 continuing education hour. Board requirements prevent us from offering CE credit to people who arrive more than 15 minutes after the start of the training, or leave the training early. Therefore, partial credit will not be awarded.


The Curry International Tuberculosis Center is designated as a Tuberculosis Center of Excellence for Training, Education, and Medical Consultation (TB COE) via a funded cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Curry International Tuberculosis Center prioritizes learners from the western region of the United States which consists of seventeen jurisdictions: Alaska, Arizona, California (including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco), Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific Island Territories.


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