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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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