CE Credit

Specimen Collection

Welcome to the training on Specimen Collection provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.00 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others to implement requirements and best practices for specimen collection and handling in a clinical office setting.

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. Apply the requirements of the Texas Health Steps Periodicity Schedule to conduct laboratory testing as part of preventive medical checkups for patients birth through 20 years.
  2. Distinguish between Texas Health Steps laboratory tests that must be performed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory and those that may be processed by a laboratory of the provider’s choice.
  3. Evaluate common errors that may cause specimens to be rejected for testing or may lead to inaccurate results.
  4. Specify the blood collection devices and techniques that should be employed for various blood tests for children of different ages.
  5. Interpret the DSHS Laboratory’s specimen submission requirements and reporting protocols.

Please note this module expires on 11/21/2020.

This module was released on 11/21/2017.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

Texas Department of State Health Services, LabGuides Tutorials:

Tips to help children and families understand and tolerate blood draws:

The medical definition in this module was obtained from the Mayo Clinic.