Hepatitis: The ABCs


Viral hepatitis is a serious public health problem, not just in the United States, but worldwide. In fact, about one in twelve people currently live with chronic viral hepatitis (World Health Organization [WHO], 2010). Many of these individuals may not even know they are infected which is why viral hepatitis is often referred to as a “silent epidemic.” According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, 2014), even though significant progress has been made in the prevention of viral hepatitis, it is still the “leading cause of liver cancer and most common reason for liver transplantation in the United States.” Because viral hepatitis is such a prevalent and serious disease, it is vital that you have an understanding of how it affects the liver including the symptoms, complications, and treatment. This course will focus on the most common types of viral hepatitis – Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. In this course, you will learn about these major forms of hepatitis, including the etiology, impact, risk factors, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention measures.


Hours: 3.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Oregon Department of Human Services


This course is approved as continuing education by the Oregon Department of Human Services in accordance with state regulation 411-057-0140 for Assisted Living Administrators, Residential Care facility Administrators and Memory Care Communities within the State of Oregon. This activity is approved by Oregon Department of Human Services for 3.00 contact hours.

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare


This activity is approved for 3.00 contact hours.

Association of Social Work Boards - New Jersey


This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #37 Course #880 from 12/20/2016 to 12/20/2018. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): General Social Work Practice 3.00.

New Jersey social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by Relias Learning, LLC may appeal to the approving entity or their jurisdictional board.

Course Delivery Method and Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning Text-based

Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners


This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. This activity is approved for 3.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-C2L-1198
Hours: 3
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2018
Learning Objectives:
Describe the how the liver normally functions and how disease affects that functioning.
Identify the symptoms, complications, and treatment options for viral hepatitis.
Describe the etiology, risk factors, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Hepatitis A.
Describe the etiology, risk factors, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Hepatitis B.
Describe the etiology, risk factors, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Hepatitis C.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Diseased Liver A. Test Your Knowledge B. Responsibilities of the Liver C. Taking Care of the Liver D. Acute and Chronic Disease E. The History F. The Physical Exam G. Practice H. Laboratory Testing I. Radiological Procedures J. Liver Biopsy K. Complications L. Contraindications M. Review N. Summary Section 3: Viral Hepatitis A. What is Hepatitis? B. What is Viral Hepatitis? C. Types of Hepatitis Viruses D. Signs/Symptoms and Complications E. Cirrhosis F. Diagnosis and Treatment G. The Role of the Healthcare Professional H. Caring for Persons with Viral Hepatitis I. Emotional Support J. Review K. Summary Section 4: Understanding Hepatitis A A. What is Hepatitis A? B. Facts and Statistics on Hepatitis A C. Transmission of Hepatitis A D. Hepatitis A Diagnosis and Treatment E. Prevention of Hepatitis A F. Review G. Summary Section 5: Understanding Hepatitis B A. Exercise – Differentiating between Hepatitis B and C B. What is Hepatitis B? C. Acute Hepatitis B D. Chronic Hepatitis B E. Facts and Statistics of Hepatitis B F. Transmission of Hepatitis B G. Populations at Risk H. Laboratory Testing I. Interpreting Laboratory Results J. Diagnosis of Acute Hepatitis B K. Diagnosis of Chronic Hepatitis B L. Treatment for Hepatitis B M. Antiviral Medications N. Interferons O. Hepatitis B Prevention P. Hepatitis B Vaccination Q. Who Needs Vaccinated? R. Occupational Exposure S. Review T. Summary Section 6: Understanding Hepatitis C A. What is Hepatitis C? B. Acute vs. Chronic Hepatitis C C. Facts and Statistics for Hepatitis C D. Types of HCV E. Transmission of Hepatitis C F. Populations at Risk for Hepatitis C G. Diagnosis of Hepatitis C H. RNA Tests I. Treatment for Hepatitis C J. Response to Treatment K. Prevention of Hepatitis C L. HBV, HCV, and HIV Co-Infection M. Review N. Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP started working in the senior care industry in 2000. She is a certified Gerontological Nurse, a Director of Nursing Services – Certified, and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has held positions including MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Consultant, Area Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance. Her overall responsibility within each of these positions was to ensure residents received the highest quality of care. This included active participation in quality improvement initiatives, review of clinical records to identify areas of weakness, corroboration with the medical director to institute policies and procedures for resident care, and staff education/training. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining an effective compliance program under a Quality of Care Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for a period of five years. She currently serves as the manager of curriculum design for post-acute care for Relias. Within this position, her responsibility is to oversee the development of online training modules for the post-acute care industry. She has served as the subject matter expert for courses on re-hospitalization, clinical skill reviews, and various OSHA and regulatory compliance topics. In addition, she has presented at various state conferences on mandatory compliance, quality assessment and assurance (QA&A), and quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI). Disclosure: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Activities Professional; entry level Administrators; entry level Case Managers; entry level Nurses; entry level Physical Therapists; entry level Professional Counselors; entry level Social Workers; in the following settings: Long-term Care, Post-Acute Care, Residential Care.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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