Public Health Lab of East Texas

Training Opportunities

Here at PHLET, our goal is to assist you in training your laboratory personnel in the area of laboratory preparedness. We accomplish this currently through a couple of specialized courses, both offered here at PHLET. In addition, we also have a variety of online training resources that we can connect you with.

Upcoming On-Site Course Schedule:

Online Training Resources:


MediaLab,Inc. offers users FREE access to over 70 online, self-paced training courses. Many of these courses also offer PACE continuing education credits. Please view this link to learn more

All of our MediaLab subscribers will have two required courses.

1) “Introduction to Bioterrorism” course. This course takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is an overview of preparedness efforts and functions among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Laboratory Response Network, and local laboratories. After completion of the Bioterrorism Introduction, users have access to all of MediaLab’s course offerings.

2)” Preliminary Identification of the Primary Select Agents of Bioterrorism”: This course takes approximately two hours and covers everything that’s in the Primary Select Agents lecture provided by APHL/NLTN at TTT WW training.

Once these courses are completed you will have access to a variety of courses from all areas of clinical laboratory sciences. Courses include: Shipping Dangerous goods, Micobiology topics, as well as all other clinical lab disciplines.

To establish your MediaLab account, please email the following information to: : name, email address, phone number, hospital (site) name, hospital (site) address. If you encounter any issues, please contact us at PHLET and we will try to assist you.


There are two on line courses available. Both are free.

The National Laboratory Training Network Course can be accessed directly by logging on to and setting up an account.
There will be a tool bar at the top of the screen and you will choose create an account” . After creating an account you can register for courses. You will go through a checkout process but there is no charge for the class. Shortly after registering you will receive an email with the course instructions.

The Medialab Course requires registration with DSHS (scroll down to the next section to see information below regarding MediaLab) and there are prerequisite courses that must be done before you can take the shipping training.

NOTE: these courses are designed for clinical laboratories, they don’t cover genetically modified organisms or regulated medical waste. Also, if you have a first time shipper, the classroom course is recommended over the on line training.

Important: Refresher shipping is required every two years. We do not send out reminders when your shipping training is due so please check your certificates to determine if training is needed. If you desire shipping training and are not able to attend on-site training we have on-line training available. Email for details.


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Laboratory is pleased to announce a FREE online course titled:
“Sentinel Lab Detection of Biological Select Agents.” (12 PACE contact hours are available)

To register, go to and search by course ID: 1021111. Upon completion, please fax (903-877-5259) or email ( a copy of your certificate so that we may track the usage of this and other resources as we look for additional opportunities to bring you online training.

This intermediate level web-based course is designed for the LRN sentinel laboratorians.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1) Describe laboratory protocols and distinguishing characteristics for ruling out or referring Bacillus anthracis, Yersinia pestis, Francisella tularensis, Brucella spp. and Burkholderia.
2) Identify acceptable specimens for testing for B. anthracis, Y. pestis, F. tularensis, Brucella spp. and Burkholderia.
3) Demonstrate the ability to communicate the proper report to the physician when a specimen is referred for additional confirmatory testing.
4) Demonstrate a basic understanding of a state laboratory’s confirmatory testing and how rapidly a confirmatory result is generated.
5) Explain the sentinel laboratory’s role and biosafety principles in testing for Clostridium botulinum toxin, Smallpox and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers.

Successful Completion of the Course
Pre- and post-module assessments provide valuable feedback.
Nine case studies provide real world examples of organisms encountered in the sentinel lab.
A score of 80% on the 60 question final exam is required to pass the course and receive a certificate of completion.
Revisiting the course
This course is lengthy, with 8 modules and 9 case studies. Learners may leave the course at any time and return to the course, by locating it at the My Learning link (under My Learning Record) on the main TRAIN page. You will be asked if you would like to start where you left the course. All answers previously input into the exam will be saved!

Continuing Education
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) 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 course and pass the final exam with a score of 80% will be awarded 12 P.A.C.E. contact hours
PACE Certificate
Available under the “Certificates” link on the TRAIN home page following completion of the course evaluation at this link:

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