FAQ' s

Mission

Question:  What is the mission of the MSCC organization?

Answer:  Our mission is to provide affordable, relevant, high quality continuing education offerings to medical speech-language pathologists.

California Continuing Education Information

Question:  What are the specific requirements to renew my CA license?

Answer:  For specific information on California CE requirements to renew your license, please visit the Department of Consumer Affairs Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board for specifics.

Question:  
Are self study courses allowed for CE renewals?

Answer: Yes.  You are allowed 6 hours of Self Study courses out of 24 of the required CE's.  Self-Study– This includes viewing pre-recorded courses, listening to audiotapes, and online courses which are non-participatory (recorded courses that include a live chat or test upon completion are still considered self-study.) Live online courses are not self-study and are considered the equivalent to sitting in a class.   https://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/licensees/ce_req.shtml 

Membership Renewal

Question:  If I paid my registration fee for last year, but never attended any courses, can my registration fee apply to this year?

Answer:  
Membership is paid on an annual basis and is not transferable if you do not attend any classes in the calendar year proceeding the current year. Annual fees are required every year regardless of the number of courses you attend.

Question:  I renewed my membership to the November course last year but did not attend any other courses, does my membership transfer to the next year?

Answer:  Membership is paid on an annual basis and is not transferable if you do not attend any classes in the calendar year proceeding the current year. Annual fees are required every year regardless of the number of courses you attend.

Question:  I just started my CF and do not need continuing education units yet, do I have to pay the full membership fee or will I continue to qualify for the student membership renewal?

Answer:  We recognize all the expenses associated with becoming a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and will allow you to maintain your student membership until you complete your CF.  Once you require CE's to renew your license, you will need to be a full member of MSCC for your CE's to count towards your license renewal credits.

Question:  I am enrolled in a PhD program, do I qualify for a student membership rate?

Answer:  If you are registering for courses and intend to qualify for valid CE credits, you will need to register as a full member of MSCC.  You would not qualify for student membership rates.

Hosting a Conference

Question:  If I volunteer to host a conference for MSCC at my hospital or facility, will my staff be allowed to attend for free?

Answer:  Our membership fees are reasonable and designed to support the ongoing viablity of our organization.  We are unable to offer free attendance to courses in exchange for free meeting accommodations.  Our tax exempt status has strict requirements to maintain the integrity of the organization and does not allow us to exchange free attendance in exchange for free meeting accommodations.

Question:  
How much work is involved in hosting an MSCC event?

Answer:  MSCC Executive Board members and volunteers will do all the work!  We pay for the speaker, printing of purchased handouts, refreshments, speaker feed, etc.  All the host site is required to do is procure the meeting room for us and act as a liaison between the facility and MSCC Executive Board members/Volunteers in order to facilitate the details of the conference such as AV arrangements, catering, meeting and facilities paperwork.

Children @ Conferences

Question:  Is it okay for me to bring my newborn baby or kids of any age to a conference?

Answer: While we fully support and acknowledge the importance of our families, we respectfully request that you make arrangements for someone to care for your children as they are not allowed in the conferences. Thank you for understanding.  We are committed to providing the highest quality speakers and best learning environment for all attendees.

ASHA CE Requirements

Question:  Does MSCC offer ASHA CE's?

Answer:  In order for MSCC to stay true to our mission to provide affordable continuing education courses to medical speech-language pathologists, we currently do not belong to the ASHA CE registry system.  It is not necessary for MSCC to be part of the ASHA registry in order for the courses we offer to count towards your ASHA contact hours required to renew your certification.  See info below.  We are in the process of re-evaluting this as it related to our organization.
 

ASHA Continued Professional Development Requirements

Information compiled from ASHA website

Question:  
Can I take a CE activity that is not offered through an ASHA-approved CE Provider and still get ASHA credit towards the required hours to renew?

Answer:  Yes. You may choose to accumulate the required 30 contact hours through participation in employer-sponsored in-service or other continuing education activities that contribute to professional development; however, you will not earn ASHA CEUs or be able to maintain the hours on the ASHA CE Registry to document your participation.

If you need to earn ASHA CEUs, and the organization offering the CE activity is not an ASHA-approved CE Provider, you may choose to develop an Independent Study plan and have it approved and monitored by an ASHA-approved CE provider as an Independent Study. 

Non-ASHA approved CE course count towards your required contact hours - you must track them yourself, they will NOT appear in your ASHA CE registry.

Question:  
What are the criteria for selecting a good continuing education provider and/or activity?

Answer:When you are choosing a professional development activity, you should consider and evaluate the following:
  • What are the knowledge, skills, and competencies that you need to acquire or enhance?
  • Can the provider clearly explain the content so that you can determine whether it will meet your needs? Does the description match the course title?
  • Is the target audience identified? Do you fit the audience?
  • Is there a limit to the number of people who can attend so that hands-on applications and opportunities to practice new skills are feasible?
  • Are learning outcomes stated and do they indicate what you will be able to do as a result of attending?
  • To help you distinguish between broad overview courses and in-depth courses, look at whether the number of learning outcomes is reasonable for the length of the program.
  • Do the instructor's credentials indicate that a meaningful program will be presented?

Question:  Can I earn ASHA CEUs for professional development activities I take through my state or my employer?

Answer:  If your state association, employer, or other provider is an ASHA-approved CE provider, then you will be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs. If the provider is not an ASHA-approved CE provider, you can use the contact hours you accumulate to meet your maintenance requirement as long as the activity meets the definition of professional development and it occurs during your 3-year maintenance interval.

COVID

Question:  When will be meeting in person for conferences?

Answer:  We are currently meeting via Zoom platform and will meet in person once we are confident that the COVID restrictions will allow us to safely plan and carry out the meetings.
For now we will continue to schedule conferences via Zoom and plan to do a hybrid of Zoom and in person meetings as we are able.