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Mandatory Reporting for Child and Dependent Adult Abuse in Iowa - PT60266

Mandatory Reporting for Child and Dependent Adult Abuse in Iowa

by Teresa Crowe, PhD
(4.6 / 45 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (2.00 Hour(s))

Price: $31.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.50


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 multiple professions, including social workers, athletic trainers, audiologists, dietitians, EMTs and paramedics, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists.
Physical 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).
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

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. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Jim N - Ames, NE  ·  Jun 19, 2019
Good info to review and know in our practice
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Donna B - Keosauqua, IA  ·  Mar 31, 2019
It is necessary to be updated on these issues so important to our patients.
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Kathleen R - McKinney, TX  ·  Mar 09, 2019
glad I took this course
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Najeeva F - Mount Vernon, NY  ·  Mar 07, 2019
This is very informative.
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Erika M - Citrus Heights, CA  ·  Feb 28, 2019
This course was very informational and sad at the same time. To know that this type of abuse exists is terrible.
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Price: $31.00
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