Professional Development

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Published: 2015

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BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY

 


DIVISION 70
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

335-070-0020
Professional
Development Defined
(1) “Professional development”
is defined as the successful completion of accepted types of activities, on accepted
topics, provided and verified by accepted sponsors or providers, for the purpose
of developing and updating professional skills.
(2) “Accepted types
of activities” are organized programs of learning such as academic courses,
classes, conferences, programs, and workshops, that are presented electronically,
in-person, or in other formats. Self-study courses accompanied by examination and
sponsored by a Board-recognized professional organization in audiology or speech-language
pathology are also accepted types of activities. Publishing articles in peer-reviewed
professional journals is an accepted type of activity only if special approval is
obtained through procedures outlined in OAR 335-070-0020.
(3) Activities not accepted
as professional development include but are not limited to:
(a) Supervision of practicum
students or clinical fellows, making presentations, or teaching classes;
(b) Serving on professional
boards or committees;
(c) Attending professional
association business or committee meetings (whether paid or as a volunteer);
(d) Attending staff meetings;
(e) Performing other volunteer
work; and
(f) Reading or studying professional
journals, unless part of a self-study program that includes an examination to document
satisfactory completion, and is sponsored by a Board-recognized professional association
in audiology or speech-language pathology.
(4) The content of professional
development activities must directly relate to the performance and practice of speech-language
pathology or audiology and focus on accepted topics. “Accepted topics”
are the following:
(a) Assessment and intervention
for speech-language and hearing disorders;
(b) Speech, language and
hearing science;
(c) Service delivery issues
associated with speech-language and hearing services;
(d) Issues in pre-professional
and professional training, professional ethics, professional regulation, and professional
leadership and management;
(e) Planning, conducting
and interpreting research activities, and developing and implementing evidence-based
practices;
(f) Cultural and linguistic
diversity in education, training, service delivery, and public policy associated
with speech, language, and hearing, including the study of foreign language when
needed for direct clinical practice;
(g) Business practices, regulatory
policy, and marketing issues directly related to clinical service delivery;
(h) Psycho-social issues
associated with speech/language/hearing assessment and intervention;
(i) Patient safety, clinical
documentation and prevention of medical errors;
(j) Other topics included
in the Continuing Education Board Registry subject code list published by ASHA in
2008 and as revised;
(k) Educational strategies
and professional knowledge necessary to effectively provide speech-language pathology
or audiology services to students within a pre-K to high school setting.
(5) “Accepted sponsors
or providers” of professional development are:
(a) The American Speech-Language
Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), or the American
Board of Audiology (ABA) for programs that they provide or approve for audiologists,
speech-language pathologists, or speech-language pathology assistants;
(b) The Oregon Speech-Language
Hearing Association (OSHA), the Oregon Academy of Audiology (OAA), or any other
state speech-language-hearing organizations recognized by ASHA, AAA, or ABA;
(c) Continuing education
providers approved by ASHA, AAA, or ABA;
(d) The Oregon Health Licensing
Agency for programs that it provides to hearing aid specialists, or approves for
continuing education for its licensed hearing aid specialists, or the Oregon Board
of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology for programs it provides
to its licensees;
(e) Institutions of higher
education accredited by an appropriate national, state or regional body or approved
by the Board, for academic courses;
(f) The American Red Cross
or American Heart Association or equivalent providers for courses on cardio-pulmonary
resuscitation or basic life support; and
(g) Public school districts,
education service districts, home health care companies, skilled nursing facilities,
hospitals, or universities, for programs provided for their employees. When these
entities provide programs for non-employees, they are accepted sponsors only if
special approval is obtained through procedures outlined in OAR 335-070-0020.
(h) Providers of professional
development that are not specified in OAR 335-070-0010(5)(a)–(g) will be accepted
sponsors only if special approval is obtained through procedures outlined in 335-070-0020.
(6) Professional development
credit will be granted by the Board as follows:
(a) Credit will be granted
by the Board for professional development that meets the definitions for accepted
types of activities, accepted topics, and accepted sponsors or providers in OAR
335-070-0010, including those that receive special approval from the Board per 335-070-0020.
(b) Credit for professional
development will be calculated on an hourly basis. One “professional development
hour” is defined as sixty (60) minutes or one (1) clock hour of attendance/participation
unless otherwise specified in rule or specially approved by the Board.
(c) Academic course work
must be taken for credit, and the licensee must receive a minimum grade of "C",
for professional development credit to be granted. One academic semester hour is
equivalent to fifteen (15) professional development hours. One academic quarter
hour is equivalent to ten (10) professional development hours.
(d) Licensees must complete
the required professional development hours within the professional development
period. The “professional development period” is the twenty-four months
prior to and including December 31st of each odd-numbered year.
(e) Professional development
hours completed in excess of the requirement may not be carried over to meet requirements
in the subsequent period. Professional development hours completed late for one
period may not be counted towards the requirements for the subsequent period.
(f) Credit will not be given
for completing a professional development activity more than once in a professional
development period. A conference consisting of many separate workshops on different
topics is counted as multiple activities.
(g) Credit will only be granted
by the Board for professional development activities that are documented by official
transcripts or certificates of attendance issued by the sponsor or provider. Documentation
of activities specially approved by the Board must include proof of that approval,
and may require other forms of evidence of completion. All professional development
documentation must be retained by the licensee for four (4) years after its completion.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.420(5) & 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.320(1)(a)
Hist.: SPA 2-1996, f. &
cert. ef. 7-22-96; SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA 1-2003, f. &
cert. ef. 5-7-03; SPA 4-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-3-06; SPA 1-2007, f. & cert.
ef. 2-1-07; SPA 1-2011, f. 1-28-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13, cert.
ef. 5-1-13; SPA 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-17-13 thru 11-13-13; SPA 5-2013,
f. & cert. ef. 11-13-13
335-070-0040
Procedures
for Special Board Approval of Professional Development
(1) Special approval
of professional development as required in OAR 335-070-0020 may be requested from
the Board by an institution, organization, agency or individual licensee as follows:
(a) Timely
requests may be submitted before or after the professional development activity
takes place. A request made later than 30 days after a professional development
activity is completed is considered to be late, and will not be considered.
(b) All requests
must be submitted on a form provided by the Board.
(2) An activity
will qualify for approval if the request was timely and the Board determines that
the activity:
(a) Is an
organized program of learning or other accepted activity;
(b) Focuses
on a topic that directly relates to the practice of speech-language pathology and/or
audiology;
(c) Contributes
to the professional competency of the licensee; and
(d) Is conducted
by individuals who have education, training or experience acceptable to the Board.
Stat. Auth.: ORS
681.420(5) & 681.460

Stats. Implemented:
ORS 681.320(1)(a)

Hist.: SPA
2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 7-22-96; SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA
1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 9-13-05; SPA 2-2006, f. & cert. ef. 5-8-06; SPA 4-2006,
f. & cert. ef. 11-3-06; SPA 1-07, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-07; SPA 2-2008, f.
& cert ef. 4-10-08; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13, cert. ef. 5-1-13
335-070-0050
Responsibilities
and Professional Development Reporting Requirements of Licensees
(1) Licensees must maintain, for a period
of four (4) years, all documentation verifying professional development hours.
(2) As a requirement for
license renewal, active licensees must report professional development hours for
the professional development period ending on the deadline for license renewal according
to their license type:
(a) Speech-Language Pathology
or Audiology: Thirty (30) professional development hours completed during the professional
development period;
(b) Dual Speech-Language
Pathology and Audiology: Thirty (30) professional development hours in speech-language
pathology and thirty (30) professional development hours in audiology completed
during the professional development period. A maximum of fifteen (15) professional
development hours may be applied to both licenses if the topic is applicable to
both types of licenses.
(c) Speech-Language Pathology
Assistant: Fifteen (15) professional development hours completed during the professional
development period;
(d) Conditional Licensees:
No professional development hours will be required to renew a conditional license,
however, individuals are encouraged to participate in professional development activities.
(e) As a requirement for
license renewal, active licensees applying to renew a license initially issued during
the current professional development will be required to report completion of professional
development according to the following scale:
(A) Licensed prior to July
of the last even-numbered year — 100% of the professional development hours
required in OAR 335-070-0050(2) for an active license of their type.
(B) Licensed from August
1st of the last even-numbered year through July 31st of the current odd-numbered
year — 50% of the professional development hours required in OAR 335-070-0050(2)
for an active license of their type.
(C) Licensed after July 31st
of the current odd-numbered year — no professional development hours are required.
(3) Licensees must comply
with any Board request to audit or review their professional development documentation
to determine compliance with professional development requirements.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.420(5) & 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.320(1)(a)
Hist.: SPA 2-1996, f. &
cert. ef. 7-22-96; SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA 4-2006, f. &
cert. ef. 11-3-06; SPA 1-2007, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-07; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13,
cert. ef. 5-1-13; SPA 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-17-13 thru 11-13-13; SPA
5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-13
335-070-0080
Requirements
to Reactivate Inactive or Expired Licenses
An inactive licensee or an individual
whose license has expired who applies to the Board to return to active status must
submit documentation of professional development as follows:
(1) If the license has been
inactive or expired for less than 23 months, the individual must provide documentation
of the professional development hours required for renewal of their license type
in OAR 335-070-0050(2). These professional development hours must have been completed
during the preceding professional development period.
(2) If the license has been
inactive for 23 months or more, or expired for 23 months to 47 months, the individual
must provide documentation of the one-half of the professional development hours
required for renewal of their license type in OAR 335-070-0050(2). These professional
development hours must have been completed during the 12 months preceding their
reactivation request. Any hours completed in the current professional development
period may also be counted towards meeting the professional development requirement
for the next active license renewal.
(3) If the license has been
expired for 48 months or more, the individual must reapply for licensure and meet
the professional development requirements for new applicants.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.420(5) & 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.320(1)(a)
Hist.: SPA 2-1996, f. &
cert. ef. 7-22-96; SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA 1-2005, f. &
cert. ef. 9-13-05; SPA 1-2009, f. 6-9-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13,
cert. ef. 5-1-13; SPA 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-17-13 thru 11-13-13; SPA
5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-13
335-070-0090
Extenuating
Circumstances
The Board may consider
a waiver of professional development requirements or acceptance of partial fulfillment
based on Board review of written documentation.
Stat. Auth.: ORS
681.420(5) & 681.460

Stats. Implemented:
ORS 681.320(1)(a)

Hist.: SPA
2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 7-22-96

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