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: 1.25 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 screening 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.​​

Throughout this module, the term “parent” includes parents, guardians and other caregivers who accompany children and adolescents when specimens are collected.

Please note this module expires on 9/25/2023.

This module was released on 9/25/2020.

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Blood lead testing

Blood lead surveillance videos for health-care providers from the Texas Department of State Health Services:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention video about best practices for fingerstick collection for blood lead specimens:

Tips to help children and families understand and tolerate blood draws

The medical definitions in this module were obtained or adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mayo Clinic and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.