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1. ASHA Certification.

All applicants must currently hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC/SLP).


2. Continuing Education.

All applicants must document receipt of at least 7.5 CEUs that relate to dysphagia within the last 3 years. A minimum of 4.5 of the CEUs need to be ASHA sponsored courses and up to 3.0 of the CEUs may be non-ASHA sponsored continuing education activities.

Individuals attending workshops which do not give ASHA CEUs may apply for independent study through ASHA to receive ASHA CEUs. Please provide evidence of attendance at other educational activities in closely related fields. Detailed descriptions of all non-ASHA sponsored CEU activities is required.

Continuing education activities may include w
orkshops, meetings or courses in swallowing and swallowing disorders, video and audio courses, telemedicine, and other electronic media, independent study (e.g., course development, research projects, publications, internships), self-study (e.g., videotapes, audiotapes, journals).

Continuing education courses must be directly related to dysphagia. If the title of the course is unclear (as it relates to dysphagia), an applicant should submit a program or brochure to provide substantiation for its inclusion.

When applying CEUs from the ASHA National convention or other multi-offering events, applicants must list specific course/workshop titles and corresponding CEUs in the application table. CEUs will be applied for only those courses/workshop relative to dysphagia.

In addition, 3.0 of the 7.5 CEUs must be from in-person conferences.  Please note:  This change is effective for applications submitted on or after January 2, 2018.

College 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.

Instructor 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.

 

3. Post-Certification Clinical Experience.

All applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 years post certification (CCC/SLP) clinical work that has a focus in dysphagia. BCS-S has established two tracks to meet the diversity of clinical service environments for professionals at all levels of advancement within the profession:Clinical Track and Academic/Administrative Track.  The Clinical Track looks to identify professionals who demonstrate strong advanced clinical skills through direct provision of services to patients/clients. The Academic/Administrative Track looks to identify researchers, instructors and administrators who have advanced in different employment environments. These individuals maintain clinical skills through ongoing patient/client contact, while promoting improved patient care through research and teaching/training of clinicians within this specialized area of practice.

Applicants whose primary hours in working with persons with dysphagia are completed in a private practice setting must show proof of billing for dysphagia services using the appropriate billing codes.  Please note:  This change is effective for applications submitted on or after January 2, 2018.

a. Clinical Track: a minimum of 350 clock hours of evaluation and/or treatment of swallowing disorders completed within a year for each of 3 years prior to applying for BCS-S. Supervision of speech-language pathology staff members and students providing evaluation and treatment to infants, children or adults with feeding and swallowing disorders can account for 100 of the required 350 hours/year. Supervisors must submit a statement affirming that all of the 100 hours of supervision were for dysphagia cases. The balance of the hours must be obtained from direct face-to-face clinical service to patients.

b. Academic/Administrative Track: a minimum of 100 clock hours of clinical evaluation and/or treatment of persons with swallowing disorders completed within a year for each of 3 years prior to applying for BCS-S. These hours must all be direct patient contact hours. In addition, the applicant in this pathway must have 450 hours in the 4 years before applying.

In place of the higher number of clock hours required of those in the Clinical track, applicants in the Academic/Administrative tract shall hold either:

a. 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. 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. Research must include clinical research in normal or disordered swallowing with direct contact with human subjects as part of the methodology. OR

b. an official administrative or supervisory position in a setting that provides clinical services to persons with swallowing disorders. Responsibilities will include training and supervision of clinical staff, program development, and leadership in the institution directly related to swallowing and swallowing disorders. Multiple examples and evidence of these areas of leadership must be included in the narrative section of the application (e.g. policy/protocol development regarding swallowing program, development and implementation of dysphagia quality improvement program).

  

4. Advanced Skill Documentation

Through the documentation of advanced level skills in swallowing and swallowing disorders, candidates must demonstrate that they have applied the highest level of ethical standards in their practice (i.e. service delivery and in the conduct of scholarship, research, and training). The expectation is that applicants can demonstrate "advanced" clinical and professional skills over the past 3 years. In other words, the applicant has achieved the highest standard of excellence, displays professionalism, is committed to continuous advanced learning, and displays characteristics that reflect achievements that go above and beyond expectations. Applicants may indicate a clinical preference or advanced level of experience in either pediatrics or adults but this is optional as applicants will have knowledge of swallowing and its disorders regardless of age.

There are distinctly different requirements for each track.

a. Applicants in the Clinical Track must evidence advanced skills either by satisfying at a minimum: two activity types within one category or one activity in two different category types. In other words, the applicant can choose to provide documentation in just one of 3 advanced areas.

b. Applicants in the Academic/Administrative Track must evidence advanced skills in at least two different category types.