Letters of Recommendation
The application now states that the Board will contact the
references directly with forms and instructions on letters of
recommendation. My mentee asked if she should print out
Appendix D to give to one of the references to attest to her clinical
hours and include that with her application packet or if this is the
form that will be sent to the references directly. Also, the website
has links for pdf forms of both the recommendation form and
verification form. Are these now being sent electronically to
information sent to those writing letters of recommendation will
come from the Board. A mentee may ask the chosen reference to be
sure to attest to clinical hours in their particular letter of
recommendation. There is no need for this individual to calculate
dysphagia related clinical hours for the mentee.
have a person who is interested in getting her BCS-S who has a focus
on pediatric swallowing. She has attended several courses that did
not allow her to receive ASHA CEUs but did address pediatric
swallowing. Many were CEUs for OTA but not ASHA. Is that going to be
a problem for her? I told her that she would only be able to count
hours that were directly related to swallowing/feeding but I would
check with you about the fact they were not ASHA CEUs.
Proof of attendance and completion of 7.5 continuing education units
(75 hours) in swallowing and swallowing disorders in the past three
years (see attached Application form). 4.0-5.0 CEUs must be from
ASHA sponsored events.
have an applicant who will be a guest lecturer providing 1/2 of the
lectures for a college level dysphagia course over one semester. She
will be allowed to sit in on the other 1/2, who is wondering if she
can claim credit for this. I assume she would be claiming up to 3.5
CEU's for her own prepared lectures.Can she claim credit for
the portion she sits in on that she is not presenting? Would this
have to be claimed through ASHA CEU's? Or should she seek credit
through the school?
Here’s what the web site says:
Courses. If an applicant has completed a college level course
in dysphagia, accrued credits can be applied to continuing education
requirements. Graduate university coursework must be accompanied by a
syllabus or transcript. One college credit is equivalent to 1 CEU (as
it relates to application for BCS-S). The applicant must submit a
transcript or other document verifying completion of those credits.
or Invited Lecturer. If an applicant teaches a dysphagia course at an
approved university/college or provides dysphagia-related lectures at
a conference which provides ASHA CEUs, a maximum of 3.5 CEUs may be
applied to the 7.5 CEU requirement for BCS-S. One college credit is
equivalent to 1 CEU. Each course may only be applied only one time
within an application (even though the same course/conference may be
taught several times during an academic year or in consecutive
years). The applicant must submit appropriate evidence and
documentation of the lectures that were related to dysphagia.
what Chair of the Board said:
should be able to utilize all credits from the course towards BCS-S.
I don’t know how many credits the course is. Let’s say the course
is 3 credits. That would equal 3 CEUs. She’d apply for 1.5 CEUs
from attending the lecture, and 1.5 CEUs for teaching the lecture.
She can’t get total credit for the course for teaching it and
then apply more for sitting in on it. The total can’t be more than
the total # of credits for the course.
QUESTION: My mentee wants to
take some of the on-line courses Passy-Muir, Inc. offers and wants to
know if all of the courses would count.
ANSWER: A review of the courses
offered reveals that there are many courses on the web site. Three
in particular are related to swallowing in the adult population and
one in the pediatric population. These courses would seem
appropriate to use on the BCS application. Other courses about
Passy-Muir and communication would not apply. You may wish to
describe these as courses as ‘other related’ on the application.
QUESTION: My mentee was asking
how much of the LSVT course counts toward continuing education for
ANSWER: The Application Committee
has determined that partial credit may be given. Calculate
how many hours or portions of an hour were on swallowing. If it was
a 6 hour course and 30 minutes were on dysphagia it would be .05
CEU’s as 1 hour =60 min. or .10.
You may wish to describe this
course as ‘other related’ on the application.
Attach the course
agenda to the application to show what part the applicant feels is
QUESTION: What about other courses like laryngectomy, In-Health, Atos, etc.?
ANSWER: Any CEU activity the candidate would like to use to meet the continuing education requirement needs to related directly to swallowing and swallowing disorders. Applicants should submit a copy of the course/conference syllabus along with their application and indicate ONLY the appropriate number of CEUs that directly pertain to swallowing.
QUESTION: Do the 75 hours of
continuing education need to be spaced evenly over the last three
years before the applicant applies?
ANSWER: No, there is no
requirement to evenly space the continuing education.
ANSWER: Continuing education courses
should be attended in the areas of swallowing and swallowing
disorders within the three years immediately preceding the
application. Applicants are required to document a minimum of 7.5
CEUs (75 hours) (4-5 CEUs must be from ASHA-sponsored events).
Proof of attendance for each conference &/or ASHA CEU transcript
should be attached to the application packet. (10 contact hours=1
QUESTION: Is the requirement for
CEUs: 75 per year for each of the 3 years for a total of 225 hours of
advanced CEU in dysphagia or is it a total of 75 over the period of
QUESTION: Does the CEU
requirement include taking pediatric courses or can an applicant
study on her own?
ANSWER: An applicant may study on his/her
own. There is no requirement for taking a pediatric course.
QUESTION: If I request an ASHA
transcript, how do I reflect the courses I took at state and national
conventions since the ASHA transcript bundles the courses together
and reflects a total number of hours but does not list specific
titles to indicate if the courses were dysphagia related?
ANSWER: The website information shares
that: "Proof of attendance and completion of 7.5 continuing
education units (75 hours) in swallowing and swallowing disorders in
the past three years”. Therefore, it would be important to list
out the swallowing and swallowing disorders courses on the
application for them to be included in documentation of acquired
continuing education credits.
Application Committee has determined that monthly clinical education
of nursing staff on dysphagia and clinical orientation may be
incorporated as an education activity but not continuing education.
QUESTION: My mentee wanted to
know if clinical orientation and
clinical education of nursing staff each month on dysphagia counts
Application Committee has determined that observation hours do not
count for CEUs.
QUESTION: My mentee observed
an SLP for pediatric dysphagia for 25 hours and is able to obtain a
letter time spent from the treating therapist. Would this be counted
Application Committee has determined that blogging is not a CEU
My mentee writes a blog on
dysphagia. Can that count toward CEUs?
CLINICAL BILLING HOURS
QUESTION: Does the mentee need
to pull billing slips and time sheets to document the # of hours she
has worked with patients with dysphagia.
The information listed on the application states: Applicants must
document nature and source of clinical hours required. For Clinical
Track - 350 hours per year for 3 years prior to application. For the
Academic/Administrative Track – 100 hours per year for 3 years
prior to application (additionally clinical research in normal or
disordered swallowing with direct contact with human subjects can be
documented). In addition, the applicant in this pathway must have 450 hours total in the 4 years before applying. ocumentation includes any type of billed dysphagia services, including evaluation, treatment and counseling.
This does not mean the applicant has to
attach copies of bills or reports. It means that all of those types
of activities count towards the required number of hours. The
applicant should list (as in the example provided) the facilities at
which the hours were accrued and in what types of activities. The
letters of recommendation also attest to the number of hours.
the referents have to attest to 1050 hours (350 hours for 3
consecutive years) in their letter of recommendation? I have worked
at this facility less than two years and will not be able to attain a
current reference that validates this. Additionally, prior to this, I
worked abroad at two different medical facilities and may have the
same level of difficulty receiving validation. I have asked them to
attest to my skill in managing dysphagia but at least one is very
apprehensive about attesting time which she has not aware of.
ANSWER: The referent
should be able to attest to the facilities at which the hours
were accrued and in what types of activities. The letters of
recommendation also attest to the number of hours. A minimum of
three (3) current reference letters on professional letterhead that
attest to the applicant’s advanced competency and verifies that
applicant has provided a minimum of 350 hours per year (for
Clinical Track) or 100 hours per year (for
Academic/Administrative Track) of evaluation and/or treatment of
swallowing disorders completed within a year for each of 3 years
prior to applying for membership. In addition, the applicant in this pathway must have 450 hours total in the 4 years prior to applying. The referent should only attest to
those hours and skills that are associated with their interaction
with the applicantANSWER: The applicant will
need 3 letters to attest to their skills and if these persons cannot
attest to the number of hours, another letter(s) is quite
acceptable. The minimum are 3 letters, many send in 5. (We now have a form to attest to clinical hours).
QUESTION: One of my mentees
submitted her application at the first of the year. She was
subsequently contacted via email saying she was missing a
Biographical sketch/CV. So my question is:
ANSWER: The Applications Committee
says: That a separate resume or a CV which ever they have in
addition to the short bio statement is needed for the application
Is there a need
for an additional documentation/separate paperwork re: an applicant’s
biographical sketch? If one does not have a CV then should they
create one or is a resume sufficient? I thought the information
contained on page in the application itself was adequate? I am
referencing Item 5 on the first page of the application (so on the
checklist) vs. info the applicant provides on page 4 or 7 of the
We must keep in mind that this is a self-selective process of
individuals of a high skill level. As of 2012, we have 304 in the
mentor program. 42 applications have been received from those in the
program. 32 applications were accepted, 7 were rejected, and 3are
in the process of being reviewed. Of the 32 applications that
were accepted 26 passed the exam and 6 are waiting to take the
QUESTION: What percentage of
applications is accepted? What percentage of applicants passes the
CLINICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE
QUESTION: How many experiences
should the mentee strive for in each of the 3 categories? I know
they don't have to have things in each category, but they should have
more than one example in at least one (of course the more the
better). Is there a minimum? For example, you can't just
have 1 example in 1 category.
The application instructions reflect: Briefly
list evidence of advanced skills in swallowing and swallowing
disorders as demonstrated by documentation of professional
activities over the last
least one category
listed below. Advanced skills support the application of the highest
level of ethical standards in one’s practice. See Appendix A for
examples in each category and Clinical and Academic/Administrative
Guidelines on website for specific requirements for each track.
When reviewing Appendix A for examples, one can see that multiple
listings better reflect a level of professional experience.
ANSWER: Recognizing that in times
of tight budgetary constraints for many employers, some clinicians
may not have the opportunity to pursue tasks outside of their
primary site or may not have opportunity to rise in management; it
is acceptable to have tasks be site specific. However, for optimal
professional development the mentee may explore other options as
suggested on the clinical/administrative tracks as examples of
creative ways to expand upon their skill level in a variety of
venues in the community, state and national levels.
QUESTION: I am not sure
but I mentioned to my mentee that the idea is to do things
(education, etc) beyond your own site and facility. If you
teach something, you should look for opportunities outside your work
setting. Is this correct?
BCS-S manual says: Academic/Administrative Pathways: a minimum of
100 clock hours per year of evaluation, treatment and/or supervision
of SLPs working with clients with swallowing disorders. In addition, the applicant in this pathyway must have 450 hours total in the 4 years before applying. These hours
must all be direct patient/research subject contact hours.
Applicants shall hold an academic position in a degree-granting
institution with a combination of teaching, and research, and
academic advising with a focus on swallowing and swallowing
disorders or an official supervisory position overseeing a program
that provides direct clinical dysphagia services.
you help clarify the clinical hours and how they can be counted when
an applicant is going university tract for BCS-S application?
academic positions, evidence of student advising, teaching, and
research must be included in the narrative section of this
application. Evidence of teaching should include a syllabus of the
dysphagia course taught.
administrative positions, applicant’s job responsibilities must
include supervision of clinical staff, program development, and
leadership in the institution directly relative to swallowing and
swallowing disorders. Evidence of these areas of leadership must be
included in the narrative section of this application. Examples could
include: policy or protocol development regarding swallowing program,
development of training and education materials for staff regarding
swallowing and swallowing disorders, development and implementation
of quality improvement programs related to swallowing disorders and
oversight of staff involved in these activities.