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Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection - Free Online CNE Course

This free online CNE course provides basic instructions how to perform a nasopharyngeal swab collection. Topics include personal protective equipment along with donning and doffing procedure, specimen collection equipment, anatomical landmarks for nasopharyngeal swabbing, and differentiation of types of swab collection based on virus being tested. 

Target Audience

This free online CNE course is designed for nurses performing nasopharyngeal swab collections.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • List the supplies needed for a nasopharyngeal swab collection including personal protective equipment
  • Describe the procedure steps for properly collecting a nasopharyngeal swab collection
  • Differentiate types of swab collection based on virus being tested


Attendance at this Mayo Clinic course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 ANCC
  • 0.25 Attendance
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Course expires: 

Course Director
Denise Rismeyer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Nursing Education Specialist-Continuing Nursing Education Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Department of Nursing
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Mayo Faculty

David Burghardt
Executive Producer
Media Support Services
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Jeffrey Preston
Video Production Manager
Media Support Services
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL


Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statements

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this activity for a maximum of 0.25 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals
A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

Available Credit

  • 0.25 ANCC
  • 0.25 Attendance
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