Tier 1 at AudiologyNOW!®, Interview with Cornelia E. Gallow, Professional Development Manager, American Academy of Audiology
Douglas L. Beck, AuD, speaks with Gallow about how to earn Tier 1 credit at AudiologyNOW! in Dallas, April 1-4, 2009.
Beck: Good Morning, Cornelia. Thanks for taking time review Tier 1 credit at AudiologyNOW!
Gallow: Sure thing, Doug. Always happy to help!
Beck: Let’s start with defining Tier 1 and what that’s all about.
Gallow: Absolutely. Doug. As you know, the American Board of Audiology (ABA) requires board certified audiologists to maintain 60 clock hours (also referred to as 6.0 CEUs) of continuing education every three years. Fifteen of the 60 (1.5 CEUs) must be Tier 1 hours. Tier 1 credit requirements include that the session be three hours in length (minimum) and include a gradable learner assessment tool. Read more on the ABA Web site.
Beck: Okay, I understand. Are the Tier 1 offerings for the Dallas AudiologyNOW! listed online?
Gallow: Yes, they are. Click here to the final list.
Beck: Okay, and so there are three ways to earn Tier 1 credits at AudiologyNOW! The Academy Research Conference (ARC), the Learning Labs, and the Featured Sessions.
Gallow: Right. The ARC offers 0.7 CEU Tier 1 credits.
Beck: And the Learning Labs are half-day and full-day events?
Gallow: There are seven Learning Labs on Wednesday. Half-day Learning Labs offer .35 Tier 1 credit. Full-day Learning Labs offer .7 Tier 1 credit. Preview these on the AudiologyNOW! site.
Beck: And then finally, we have the Featured Sessions.
Gallow: Right. There are select Featured Sessions that are 3.5 hours in length and offer .35 Tier 1 credit. In addition, there are shorter Featured Session groupings from which an ABA certificants can choose from combined sessions to earn Tier 1 credit. The Featured Session groupings are related in topic, grouped together in accordance with the ABA guidelines to fulfill Tier 1 requirements. For example, you might choose to attend a presentation Thursday morning at 8:00am and combine that with a presentation on Friday morning at 8:00am to earn a total of 0.30 Tier 1 credits.
The Featured Sessions offering Tier 1 credit can be found on the lavender addendum inserted into ProgramNOW! and are detailed on the AudiologyNOW! site.
Beck: Excellent… and finally, for the people seeking Tier 1 credits, they need to pick up a Learner Assessment tool before or after their Tier 1 session. I recommend picking up the assessment before the class and then returning it in person onsite. Nonetheless, one can submit this assessment through e-mail, fax, or U.S. mail, so it can be graded and Tier 1 credits assigned. And, just as a reminder, the minimum passing score is 80 percent on the assessment.
Gallow: Right. And, make sure the Academy has your assessment by April 30, 2009.
Beck: And for people who need more information, can they contact you?
Gallow: Yes, they can visit the Professional Development Counter at AudiologyNOW! located in Lobby A/B on Level 2. I would encourage people to review the Tier 1 offerings as soon as possible and then if they need additional help, they can stop by the counter or send an e-mail to me. But as you noted, the audiologists can also turn in their Learner Assessment tool in at the end of the class to the student volunteers, or they can bring the forms to the Professional Development counter.
Beck: Thanks, Cornelia. This review has really helped.
Gallow: My pleasure, Doug. Thanks for your time, too.
Cornelia Gallow is the professional development manager for the American Academy of Audiology. She can be contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Douglas L. Beck, AuD, Board Certified in Audiology, is the Web content editor for the American Academy of Audiology.