CDC Training on Antibiotic Stewardship

By Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

This week, CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Office of Antibiotic Stewardship announced an “interactive web-based activity (with) the first of four sections designed to help clinicians optimize antibiotic use to combat antibiotic resistance and improve healthcare quality and patient safety. This course will include information about antibiotic resistance and threats and a detailed explanation of the benefits of antibiotic stewardship. Additionally, this course will discuss risks and benefits of antibiotics, with a focus on the microbiome, adverse drug events, and Clostridium difficile infections. Lastly, clinicians will be empowered to optimize patient care by integrating antibiotic stewardship activities into outpatient care.”

“The goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive educational resource to instruct about antibiotic stewardship and to assist learners in delivering effective and consistent messages to patients about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic stewardship is the effort to measure and improve antibiotic use and is fundamental to high quality patient care. The course provides guidance for how to apply antibiotic stewardship principles to the most common conditions that lead to inappropriate antibiotic use. While outpatient antibiotic stewardship is the focus, the course also contains modules on acute care hospital and long-term care stewardship.

At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the urgency and gravity of antibiotic resistance as a threat to both patient safety and public health.
  2. List the benefits of antibiotic stewardship across the healthcare spectrum.
  3. Describe the epidemiology of adverse events linked to antibiotic use and their typical patterns of clinical presentation.
  4. Apply appropriate antibiotic management methods to improve the quality of pharmaceutical care.

Target Audience:

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses, Certified Health Educators

Accreditation Statements and Continuing Education Information

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 2.5 contact hours.

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.3 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 2.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 0.258 CEUs in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-18-031-H05-P.

Category:   This activity has been designated as Knowledge-Based.”

Click here to create an account on CDC Train and register for this and other antibiotic stewardship courses.

While on CDC Train, check out the Course Catalog and Calendar for other valuable courses.  There is an amazing wealth of education available.

Additional continuing education information is found here.  You’ll also want to reference and bookmark CDC’s Antibiotic Prescribing and Use website.