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Below is a list of questions to help you get started with Board Certification. For full details please read the full Requirements and Process.
Certification application costs $125 for ANCDS members and $210 for non-members. The cost for maintaining board certification is $80 annually.
The applicant must complete the Board Certification process within two years from of the approval of his or her application. Certification is usually evaluated at the ANCDS Annual Meeting.Return to top.
Those wishing to begin the certification process must complete the following:
The certification process includes four steps: two written case studies, one oral presentation and discussion, and one final evaluation.Return to top.
The intent of the Written Case Studies is to demonstrate, as well as can be done in writing, advanced clinical competency in neurologic communication disorders. The Candidate will prepare two distinct Written Case Studies that will include a diagnostic report, a treatment plan, results of its implementation, and analysis of the intervention for a patient with a neurologic communication disorder that the Candidate has treated or is currently treating. The Case Studies will be submitted successively. In other words, the second Case Study cannot be submitted until the first Case Study is deemed a “pass.”
The Candidate will provide an Oral Presentation of one or both of his/her Written Case Studies followed by a Discussion of the Case(s). This will take place with the members of the Review Team and, when possible, the Certification Board Chair. When possible, the Oral Presentation should take place in conjunction with an ANCDS meeting or related professional event. The Candidate is responsible for his/her own expenses incurred to attend the Oral Presentation and Discussion. Face-to-face interactions are intended to be the major mechanism for this process; however, online video conferencing may also be used. The Board Certification Chairperson will assist the Candidate in making online video conferencing arrangements.
Oral Presentation: The form of the Oral Presentation will resemble a “grand rounds.” It should focus primarily on the speech-language diagnosis, the rationale for the diagnosis, co-existing conditions that may impact evaluation and treatment, detailed specification of the treatment, and the rationale for selecting the treatment approach and the outcome of the treatment. Other aspects of the case might be presented as well, such as problems that were not the focus of the intervention and why they were not, reasons for discharge, changes that occurred in the course of treatment, and so forth.
The formal presentation of the case should take no longer than twenty (20) to thirty (30) minutes. The case presentation can, but need not, include videotapes or audiotapes, prepared at the expense of the Candidate. Statements of informed consent must be submitted for any videotape materials that are to be used or the Candidate will not be allowed to show the videotape. The patient’s name or other identifying information must be deleted from any written, videotaped, or audio taped materials that are submitted or presented.
Discussion: The formal oral presentation will be followed by an interactive question-and-answer and discussion period between the Candidate and the Review Team. The intent of this is to provide the Candidate with an opportunity to demonstrate clinical competence within a discussion setting. It is hoped that this experience represents an interactive learning opportunity that permits the Candidate to focus on and demonstrate his or her clinical strengths and achievements. The interactive discussion session should be no longer than forty-five (45) minutes.
The Candidate should be aware that the content of discussion could potentially relate to any area of the fundamentals of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and the neuropathologies that underlie neurologic communication disorders as well as issues surrounding evidence based clinical practice. The following areas of discussion should be considered:
Aspects of Evidence Based Clinical Practice
The Written Case Studies and the Oral Presentation & Discussion are judged as a whole, and will be evaluated as “Pass” or “Does not meet standards” immediately following the Oral Presentation & Discussion.Return to top.
A re-certification fee is due yearly (see cost) to maintain ANCDS Board Certification. Individuals who hold Board Certification are expected to engage in 60 hours of continuing education activities every three years. This keeps Certified members’ knowledge and skills up to date and further enhances their ability to serve people with neurologic communication disorders. For this reason, applicants for Board Certification are asked to demonstrate their continuing education activities as a representation of their involvement in the field.Return to top.