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Last Modified: 11/19/2021

Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum (NHSTC 2020)

Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum

We are happy to announce the release of the updated Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum—NHSTC 2020.

This version has a new look and feel and improved navigation and accessibility for use with mobile devices. It includes the latest standard of care in newborn hearing screening practices, consistent with the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) 2019 Position Statement.

The NHSTC is a competency-based course designed to provide the learner with a thorough understanding of the components necessary for conducting quality newborn hearing screening. The recommended practices throughout the course are based on the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) Position Statement. By taking the course, screeners and stakeholders will have the necessary foundation to do a thorough job and feel confident in their role.

The NHSTC is a user-friendly, web-based course in which participants can learn at their own pace. In its entirety, the course generally takes approximately three hours to complete. As the NHSTC is a user-friendly, web-based course, participants can learn at their own pace. Those who complete all required elements of the course are eligible for a Certificate of Completion provided by the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) and if eligible, continuing education credits provided by The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). Currently, there is no charge for the course.

Although the course includes video demonstrations of babies being screened, it is not intended to replace “hands-on” equipment specific training with newborns. For optimal training outcomes, we recommend all screeners complete the NHSTC as well as demonstrate “hands-on” competencies screening babies with the specific screening equipment used in their facility. In the Resources Section of the NHSTC there is a “Skills Checklist” pdf that can be used for documentation of “hands on” competencies.

The screening equipment used throughout the NHSTC is for the purpose of assisting the learner through demonstration. NCHAM and the NHSTC do not endorse the use of any specific type of equipment.

Technical Requirements

This course requires Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer version 9 or higher, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Users must have cookies enabled and popups allowed.


NHSTC, Certificate Version

To Earn a Certificate of Completion, CEUs, and/ or NAPNAP CE Contact Hours

  • Create a user account for the Moodle Learning Management System.
  • There are 3 main parts to the course. Part 1: the Pre-test, Part 2: the curriculum, Part 3: the Post-test. All 3 parts MUST be completed in their entirety with a passing score of 80% or higher on the Post-test to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion and continuing education credits. Further information on CE/CEUs is below.
  • Once you have completed the post-test with an 80% or higher, please fill out a Certificate of Completion Request form. If you have questions or do not receive your certificate, please contact the NCHAM Help Desk.

NHSTC Non-Certificate Version

If you are not interested in earning a Certificate of Completion and/or CEUs/ CE Contact Hours, you can watch the course instantly online.

Recertification Test UPDATE:

If you took the old course in the past and wish to get re-certified, please log in to the new version and retake the full course, as the pre-test, core curriculum, and post-test are all new. In the future, you can log back in using your same account and re-certify by simply taking the Recertification Test.


CEU/ CE Information

AAA CEUs

American Academy of Audiology (AAA) CEUs are available for this course, 3 hours (.3 CEUs). This course is Beginner level.

In order to receive CEUs the entire course must be completed and the exam passed with a score of 80% or better. Participant CEU information will be submitted to AAA in 2021 four times: March 31st, June 30th, October 31st, and December 31st. To register for AAA CEUs please provide your AAA ID number, first and last name, and email address. There is no charge for this course.

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Utah State University is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of .3 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

If you have questions about AAA CEUs, please contact Randi Winston-Gerson.

NAPNAP CE Contact Hours Available

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) CE Contact Hours are available for this course, 3 hours. This course is Beginner level.

In order to receive CE Contact Hours the entire course must be completed and the exam passed with a score of 80% or better. There is no charge for this course.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners: Approved for Contact Hours