Mandatory Reporting for Child and Dependent Adult Abuse in Iowa - RT60266

Mandatory Reporting for Child and Dependent Adult Abuse in Iowa

by Teresa Crowe, PhD
(4.8 / 33 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Respiratory Therapy (2.00 Contact Hr)

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Certain professionals are considered mandatory reporters of child, dependent adult, and elder abuse and neglect. While federal law broadly defines abuse of children and dependent adults, each state is charged with refining and specifying what constitutes abuse, defining the terms for abuse, determining who is considered a mandatory reporter, and outlining report and investigation procedures. To report cases of abuse as required, professionals must understand how abuse is defined by law and what signs are often indicators of abuse. The Iowa Code defines terms for child, dependent adult, and elder abuse, as well as professional categories of mandatory reporters. The Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) defines what constitutes abuse and outlines its assessment and investigation procedures for these reports. IDHS staff members assess the level of risk to children or adults, and make recommendations for action to ensure the child's or adult's safety and well-being.


The course will be discontinued on June 30, 2019. Please plan to finish the course by June 29th if you wish to earn credit for it.
This continuing education module is designed to provide nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and emergency medical technicians and paramedics with an overview of the requirements and procedures for reporting cases of child and dependent adult abuse in Iowa. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define the meanings of child (Iowa Code 441 — 175 (232) and dependent adult (Iowa Code 235.B) abuse under Iowa state laws
  • Describe the physical, psychological, behavioral, and environmental factors associated with abuse
  • Outline the process of making a report to the Iowa Department of Human Services

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including social workers, athletic trainers, audiologists, dietitians, EMTs and paramedics, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists.
Respiratory therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This curriculum is approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health and considered an approved abuse education curriculum to be used as a training tool for Combination mandatory reporter training  (course approval #4033 for 9/26/2018 to 9/26/2021).
This program has been approved for 2 contact hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. The course has been approved from 3/10/2019 to 3/10/2020.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.

Course Originally Released on: 9/26/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/26/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.

This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.


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Michele B - Ridgefield Park, NJ  ·  Jun 19, 2019
Very informative. Very disturbing to learn what people could and would do to others.
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Jo B - St. Pete Beach, FL  ·  Jun 12, 2019
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