Newborn Screening Education

Newborn Screening (NBS) Collection Training

The NBS Program is committed to the improvement of specimen collection and continues to work with all birthing hospitals, as well as clinics across the state, to assist with training needs. In addition, the NBS Program follows the approved standards for newborn screening specimen collection as outlined by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute® (CLSI). If you are interested in training please contact Rachael Montgomery, Program Manager, at (334) 206-5955. 

Newborn Screening Training Videos

There is no charge to register or participate in ADPH conferences; however, non-ADPH employees are charged a fee to receive CE Certificates. Nurses may watch the On Demand version of the program for up to two years and receive continuing education.

Newborn Screening Resources Related to Blood Collection

Newborn Screening Specimen Collection Video

The first fifteen minutes of the following video details the processing of newborn screening specimens submitted to the State Health Laboratory. Proper handling of the specimens after collection and approved protocols for mailing are reviewed. The last five minutes of the video shows the actual collection of a newborn screening specimen at a pediatrician's office. The positioning of the infant and choosing front or back application of the blood to the filter paper are both personal preferences.

Alabama Newborn Screening Laboratory Video 

Alabama Newborn Screening Laboratory Video 

Continuing Education

The Alabama Department of Public Health has several training opportunities for health professionals offering continuing education through the Alabama Public Health Training Network (ALPHTN). ALPHTN utilizes a variety of distance learning technologies to reach public and allied health employees throughout the state and the country.

New Continuing Education Credit Requirements

Go to the Alabama Public Health Training Network website.

  • Locate the program of interest and click on the title to go to the program page.
  • Note that there are several links in a table on the program page, including links for handouts, a sign-in sheet, and an evaluation form.
  • To receive continuing education credit, print out and complete the sign-in sheet and evaluation form for each topic and mail them to:

    Bureau of Professional and Support Services
    Alabama Department of Public Health
    Suite 1040
    P.O. Box 303017
    Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3017
  • Upon receipt of the continuing education certificate from the Alabama Department of Public Health, nurses should upload the information into their individual continuing education record on the Alabama Board of Nursing website for credit.




Page last updated: June 20, 2018