Laboratory Training and Workshops

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Laboratory Response Network (LRN) Workshop

Presented by the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Laboratory Services.

Brought to you at NO CHARGE by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant.   Lunch Provided.  Lodging and Travel Expenses are not covered.


Registration for 2024 dates coming soon!

Bio-Threat Preparedness:  Rule Out Refer Workshop 



This intermediate-level workshop focuses on practical methods that clinical microbiology laboratories can use to remain alert for the agents of bioterrorism. Participants will learn about surveillance and evaluation procedures that can be integrated into the routine work of the clinical microbiology lab. Procedures for the referral of suspect cases will also be discussed. In this hands-on course, following appropriate safety precautions, participants will examine actual cultures and organisms in a laboratory setting.


At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the clinical lab in discovering organisms targeted for use in acts of bioterrorism.
  • Explain the safety implications of handling suspected organisms in clinical specimens and isolates.
  • Describe  the clinical and laboratory features of the primary agents likely to be involved in a bioterrorist event, including anthrax, plague, botulism, tularemia, brucellosis, melioidosis and glanders.
  • Recognize culture, staining and biochemical characteristics of bioterrorism organisms.
  • Apply information presented in clinical scenarios in order to avoid identification pitfalls.
  • Explain select agent regulations and their impact on clinical laboratories.


This intermediate-level workshop is designed for Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians working in sentinel/microbiology laboratories. Admission preference will be given to those working in sentinel/microbiological laboratories in TN.  


Nashville, TN

DATES (flyers)


Registration is required.  To register, click on the date listed above.  Registration will close 2 weeks before the workshop date.

Limited seats are available for each date.  Do not register for multiple dates.  Please contact TDH Lab Training ( to cancel or change your registration.


TDH Division of Laboratory Services is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.  Participants who successfully complete this program will be awarded 7.5 contact hours. Partial credit will not be awarded.  Program  Numbers, 429-101-24, 429-102-24, 429-103-24 and 429-104-24.

Infectious Substance Packing and Shipping Training 



 Packing and Shipping Dangerous Goods:  What the Laboratory Staff Must Know (CDC Lab Training)  

CDC Laboratory Training

CDC Laboratory Training offers numerous on demand training modules.

Topics include: COVID-19, Diagnostic Testing, Preparedness, Core Science, Safety, Informatics, and Packing and Shipping.


CDC  Laboratory Training also offers many Laboratory Job Aids!


CDC TRAIN is a gateway into the TRAIN Learning Network, the most comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities.

TRAIN is a free service for learners from the Public Health Foundation.

CDC TRAIN provides access to more than 1,000 courses developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) programs, grantees, and other funded partners.

Courses offered by CDC course providers have been approved and verified by CDC.


CDC OneLab Reach

A learning management system for clinical and public health professionals!

Free COVID-19 Laboratory Education and Training

Access free laboratory resources through CDC's Rapid Education and Capacity-building Hub (REACH)

APHL Training Portal

New digital repository for online courses and some archived webinars. Y

ou can view and enroll in a range of free training courses, from Laboratory Ethics to Tuberculosis Specimen Handling.

The portal tracks course progress and enables you to complete training on your own sch​​edule.

APHL Laboratory Training

APHL offers educational opportunities including conferences, meetings, webinars, and workshops. 

On-demand training opportunites  are also available.