Continuing and Community Education

FAQ – Mandatory Reporting

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What is Mandatory Reporting?

According to the code of Iowa, any person who believes that a child or dependent adult has suffered abuse may report the suspected abuse to the Department Of Human Services. But the nature of certain people’s jobs requires them by law to report suspected abuse. These are mandatory reporters.

This course fulfills the first requirement for mandatory reporters — obtaining two hours of training relating to the identification and reporting of child and/or dependent adult abuse within six months of initial employment or self employment. Thereafter, you must complete at least two hours of additional child and/or dependent adult abuse training every five years.

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) re-submitted Mandatory Reporting Child and Dependent Adult Abuse curriculum and Mandatory Reporting for Dependent Adult Abuse curriculum to the Iowa Department of Public Health and both were reapproved on March 11, 2011 and 2014 by the Abuse Curriculum Review Committee, as required by Iowa Law. Additionally, Mandatory Reporting for Child Abuse curriculum was approved November, 2009 by the Abuse Curriculum Review Committee, reapproved 2012 and 2015.

What are the Purpose and Objectives?

Combined Course

This two-hour program provides health care personnel who are mandatory reporters for dependent adult and child abuse with information on the following content areas: Iowa law, probable reasons, recognition, and reporting process.

    1. Identify the purposes of Iowa Code related to dependent adult and child abuse.
    2. Explain the history of the recognition and legal recourse of child and dependent adult abuse.
    3. State the incidence of child and dependent adult abuse.
    4. Define the following terms: child, child abuse, dependent adult, dependent adult abuse, responsible caretaker, community based, facilities, programs.
    5. Discuss possible reasons child and dependent adult abuse occurs.
    6. List and define the classifications of child and dependent adult abuse in Iowa.
    7. Describe how to recognize child and dependent adult abuse in the various classifications.
    8. Describe why there may be a reluctance or failure to report child and dependent adult abuse.
    9. Describe a typical dependent adult who is abused in Iowa.
    10. List incidences which are not considered dependent adult abuse.
    11. Describe reporters of child and dependent adult abuse.
    12. State educational requirements for mandatory reporters.
    13. Explain legal considerations of reporters.
    14. Describe the steps of reporting suspected abuse.
    15. Discuss the evaluation process conducted by the Department of Human Services.
    16. Discuss the role, responsibilities, and purpose of the Department of Human Services, Department of Inspections and Appeals, Iowa Department On Aging, and the County Attorney.

Child Abuse Course

This two-hour program provides health care personnel who are mandatory reporters for child abuse with information on the following content areas: Iowa law, probable reasons, recognition, and reporting process.

    1. Identify the purposes of Iowa Code related to child abuse.
    2. Explain the history of the recognition and legal recourse of child abuse.
    3. State the incidence of child abuse.
    4. Define the following terms: child, child abuse, responsible caretaker.
    5. Discuss possible reasons child abuse occurs.
    6. List and define the classifications of child abuse in Iowa.
    7. Describe how to recognize child abuse in the various classifications.
    8. Describe why there may be a reluctance or failure to report child abuse.
    9. Describe reporters of child abuse.
    10. State educational requirements for mandatory reporters.
    11. Explain legal considerations of reporters.
    12. Describe the steps of reporting suspected abuse.
    13. Discuss the evaluation process conducted by the Department of Human Services.
    14. Discuss the role, responsibilities, and purpose of the Department of Human Services, Department of Inspections and Appeals, and the County Attorney.

Dependent Adult Abuse Course

This two-hour program provides health care personnel who are mandatory reporters for dependent adult abuse with information on the following content areas: Iowa law, probable reasons, recognition, and reporting process.

    1. Identify the purposes of Iowa Code related to dependent adult abuse.
    2. Explain the history of the recognition and legal recourse of dependent adult abuse.
    3. State the incidence of dependent adult abuse.
    4. Define the following terms: dependent adult, dependent adult abuse, responsible caretaker, community based, facility, and program.
    5. Discuss possible reasons dependent adult abuse occurs.
    6. List and define the classifications of dependent adult abuse in Iowa.
    7. Describe how to recognize dependent adult abuse in the various classifications.
    8. Describe why there may be a reluctance or failure to report dependent adult abuse.
    9. Describe a typical dependent adult who is abused in Iowa.
    10. List incidences which are not considered dependent adult abuse.
    11. Describe reporters of dependent adult abuse.
    12. State educational requirements for mandatory reporters.
    13. Explain legal considerations of reporters.
    14. Describe the steps of reporting suspected abuse.
    15. Discuss the evaluation process conducted by the Department of Human Services.
    16. Discuss the role, responsibilities, and purpose of the Department of Human Services, Department of Inspections and Appeals, Department of Aging, and the County Attorney.

Who is the Audience?

    • Health practitioners
    • Staff of health facilities
    • Social workers
    • Psychologists
    • Mental health professionals
    • Staff of day care centers, supervised apartments, sheltered workshops, etc.
    • School employees
    • Peace officers
    • Outreach persons
    • Staff of substance abuse programs, juvenile shelters, and licensed foster care facilities
    • Employees of institutions operated by DHS
    • DHS income maintenance workers
    • Certified adoption investigators
    • Clergy (not mandatory reporter unless functioning as a social worker or counselor)

How Do I Take the Course?

Register with NIACC’s “WebAdvisor”

Read the Course and Take the Quiz

You’ll be emailed a username and password with instructions on logging into the Canvas Learning Management System. Read the course and pass the quiz with a minium score of eighty percent (you’ll have two attempts). As long as you’ve passed before your deadline, we’ll mail you a certificate.


Are There Technical Requirements?

For this course current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and on the Mac Safari should all work with Canvas. Sometimes security settings or recent updates may cause a technical issue. If you are having problems with your Web browser you might try logging in to the course with a different browser. You can download Firefox at http://www.mozilla.com/. You can download Google Chrome at https://www.google.com/chrome/ .


How Long Will the Class Take?

As required by the state of Iowa, your Mandatory Reporting training takes two hours.

    • Each course begins the 16th of the month, with a deadline the 15th of the next month. Don’t enroll in a course that ends in a couple of days!
    • Register for the course that best meets your competency completion and/or license renewal needs.
    • Your certificate will display the beginning and end dates of your course.

Accreditation and Approval:

    • 0.2 CEUs for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses
    • 2.0 CEUs for Certified Medical Assistants (Combined Course only)
    • 2.0 OE CEHs for Basic and Advanced EMS Personnel

The certificate for other healthcare personnel will reflect 2.0 contact hours

North Iowa Area Community College has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1919, and received a full ten-year reaccreditation in 2003. NIACC is:

    • Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider for continuing education for licensed nursing personnel and has been issued Provider No. 3.
    • A State Department of Health Emergency Medical Services approved sponsor of continuing education programs #2 for Basic and Advanced EMS personnel.

This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 2 continuing education units. Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of neither the program content nor the program’s sponsor.

Note: Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs) who successfully complete this course may have their CEUs registered with the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Please complete one of the two attached documents (member or non-member) and return it with your test and evaluation form.

Attention: NIACC is not approved to provide CMEs for Physicians.


How Do I Get Continuing Education Credit?

    • Continuing education credit is granted only upon successful completion of this program — scoring a minimum of eighty percent on the final quiz — by the deadline of your course.
    • Continuing education credits are awarded only to those identified in the “Accreditation and Approval” section above.
    • The appropriate CEU/CEH information is found in the top blue portion of the certificate, beside the audience name. Certificates must be retained for four years.
    • Duplicate certificates are available through the Continuing Education department at NIACC for the cost of $10.00 per certificate.
    • Nurses may submit a program evaluation directly to the Iowa Board of Nursing for any program offered by an approved provider of continuing education. If you wish to do so, you may use the online quiz/evaluation form.
    • A written program grievance may be filed with the NIACC within 30 days of the program.

How Do I Get a Transcript?

Transcripts are issued by NIACC’s Continuing Education Department — call 1-888-GO-NIACC, ext. 4358 or 641-422-4358.


What’s the Course Cost?

We thought you’d never ask…our $50.00 fee covers everything. Refunds for distance learning programs must be requested prior to receipt or access of the program.


Who Can Answer My Questions?

A resource person is a vital link in the self-learning process. Questions in regard to content and approval can be directed to 641-422-4437 or 1-888-466-4222, ext. 4437. Contact the Continuing Education Office at 641-422-4358 or 1-888-466-4222, ext. 4358 for questions regarding the registration process.


Who Wrote this Course?

Linda Webner, RN, Paramedic Specialist, BSHCA, MS

    • Education:
      • St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Registered Nurse
      • St. Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine: Bachelor of Science Health Care Administration
      • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa; Master of Science Adult Education