Tuberculosis Section (TB)

Skin Test Certification

Skin test certification is not required in the state of Georgia, but it is highly recommended for all persons administering, reading or interpreting Mantoux tuberculin skin tests.

Georgia Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) Certification requirements
Initial Skills Validation form (must be signed by instructor)
Renewal Skills Validation form
Georgia Tuberculosis Reference Guide
Order CDCís Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test Video or DVD

Order free TST rulers:
JHP Pharmaceuticals (Click on "request information" and complete form.)
Southeastern National TB Center (SNTC)
CDC
Georgia TB Unit Ė email tbnurse@dhr.state.ga.us or call 404-657-2634.

TB Update and Skin Test Certification Class

This is a one day workshop that prepares a person to administer, read and interpret tuberculin skin tests and to counsel the client on the results. The first part of the day is spent in lecture, video and discussion. The second part of the day is a practicum where the participants administer and receive a TST (with normal saline), practice reading induration, practice interpreting results & discuss case studies. Certification requirements include completing the one-day course, administering 10 actual skin tests under supervision, reading 10 tests under supervision and correctly interpreting 10 tests in the clinical setting. Each certification lasts for 2 years from the date of the class. Recertification requirements include viewing the Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test, March 2003 video, administering 5 actual skin tests under supervision, reading 5 tests under supervision and correctly interpreting 5 tests in the clinical setting.

Topics include:
  • Epidemiology in the U.S. and Georgia
  • Transmission and Pathogenesis
  • Diagnosis & Treatment of Latent TB Infection (LTBI)
  • Diagnosis & Treatment of Active TB Disease
  • Infection Control
  • Contact Investigation
  • Community TB Control
  • Administration of Skin Tests
  • Skin Test Reading and Interpretation
  • Case Studies

Objectives:

Upon completion of this class, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 factors that can influence whether TB is transmitted.
  2. Explain the difference between LTBI and active TB disease.
  3. Recognize and list the symptoms of TB.
  4. List 4 steps for screening for TB.
  5. Demonstrate the proper method of TST administration, measurement and interpretation of the results.

To find a class, please check the state calendar on the Education and Training Opportunities page.

Albany, GA
Athens, GA
Atlanta, GA
Augusta, GA
Cobb County, GA
Columbus, GA
Dalton, GA
Decatur, GA
Dublin, GA
Gainesville, GA
Lawrenceville, GA
Macon, GA
Rome, GA
Savannah, GA
Valdosta, GA
Waycross, GA

To contact the Georgia TB Program for more information about this class, please email tbnurse@dhr.state.ga.us or call 404-657-2634.