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Iowa Board of Nursing
RiverPoint Business Park
400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
Tel: 515/281-3255
Fax: 515/281-4825

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Mandatory Training on Abuse Identification and Reporting

Q. Who is required to take the Mandatory Reporters of Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Course?
Q. What if I do not regularly examine, attend, counsel or treat children or dependent adults in Iowa, I work in another state, but hold an Iowa license?
Q. How often is the Mandatory Reporters Child/Dependent Adult Abuse Course required?
Q. What if I am audited and in my employment I do not on a regular basis examine, attend, counsel or treat children or dependent adults? How do I complete the audit requirement?
Q. What documentation is required for proof of attendance to the Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse Course?


Q. Who is required to take the Mandatory Reporters of Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Course?

A. A licensee who regularly examines, attends, counsels or treats children or dependent adults in Iowa is required to complete training related to the identification and reporting of child/dependent adult abuse.

Q. What if I do not regularly examine, attend, counsel or treat children or dependent adults in Iowa, I work in another state, but hold an Iowa license?

A. The course is NOT required in this case. If this licensee is audited a letter from the licensee’s place of employment will be required stating that patients treated are not in Iowa.

Q. How often is the Mandatory Reporters Child/Dependent Adult Abuse Course required?

A. The licensee is required to complete at least two hours of training every five years. The course must be approved by the Public Health Abuse Education Review Panel. A list of approved curricula can be found here: Approved Curricula

Q. What if I am audited and in my employment I do not on a regular basis examine, attend, counsel or treat children or dependent adults? How do I complete the audit requirement?

A. A letter from your place of employment or supervisor stating that in your course of employment you do not regularly examine, attend, counsel or treat children or dependent adults in Iowa, sent with your continuing education certificates will satisfy the audit.

Q. What documentation is required for proof of attendance to the Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse Course?

A. A certificate of completion from the provider of the course that includes:

Provider’s Name
Licensee’s Name
Name of Course Attended
Date of Attendance
Public Health Abuse Education Review Panel’s Approval #
Provider # if course will be used for continuing education credit