CE Credit

Newborn Screening


Welcome to the training on Newborn Screening provided by Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.50 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals to actively engage in the state’s newborn screening program, correctly interpret and act upon the results, educate parents, and provide appropriate follow-up and referral when necessary.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the timeframe within which newborn screening must be conducted.
  2. Select procedures that ensure satisfactory collection and handling of newborn dried blood spot specimens and avoid delay in results.
  3. Determine signs and symptoms that can occur from disorders for which Texas newborns are screened.
  4. Differentiate among the six broad categories of disorders covered by the Texas Newborn Screening Program.
  5. Employ the information sheets on each screened disorder created for health-care professionals and for parents and caregivers.
  6. Evaluate how to communicate with parents about positive newborn screening results, follow-up testing, and available services.
  7. Employ resources provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services Newborn Screening Clinical Care Coordination staff to ensure timely follow-up.

Please note this module expires on 8/10/2019.

Accreditation Statement


The medical definitions provided in this module were adapted or obtained from American Family Physician, Medline Plus, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.