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Reporting To CE Broker: Your Questions Answered!

With the February 28th Florida OT/OTA license renewal deadline looming, we field lots of question every day about reporting occupational therapy continuing education credits. We hope to help by tackling some of the more common ones.

 Q How are my CE credits reported to the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy?
 A The Florida Department of Health uses CE Broker as their official continuing education reporting system. When an occupational therapy continuing education course is completed, it’s sent to CE Broker who record and track all OT CE credits.
 Q Who reports my CEs and how long does it take?
 A HomCEUConnection.com submits your occupational therapy continuing education on your behalf. Once we have submitted your CE course, it takes CE Broker about 24-48 hours to process the credit. So you can expect to see your completed courses in your account within 48 hours.
 Q  How often do you report to CE Broker?
 A Effective immediately, HomeCEUConnection reports every day. Please allow up to 48 hours for your credits to appear in your account.
 Q  I can’t wait, can I report my CEs myself?
 A Absolutely! It’s a little time-consuming, but possible. Simply log in to your CE Broker account and follow the steps. Please note that all HomeCEUConnection.com courses are currently categorized as “LIVE”. To find the course code, do an approved provider search (under HomeCEUConnection.com and “LIVE”), locate the course you need and click on it:

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Questions about reporting that we haven’t covered? Drop us an email at [email protected]!

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NBCOT Renewal: How Easy It Can Be!

Did you know that you can complete your entire NBCOT renewal continuing education requirement without ever having to leave your home? Did you also know that any courses taken through an AOTA approved provider (Like us!) earns you 25% more credit towards your requirement?

How can me make this outrageous claim? Easy!

As an AOTA approved provider, HomeCEUConnection.com PDUs have a conversion rate of 1 contact hour : 1.25 PDU. That means you only need to complete 29 contact hours with us and it will count as 36 PDUs for your NBCOT renewal. You can confirm your PDU amounts using the NBCOT’s conversion calculator. And since our occupational therapy continuing education courses are now mobile friendly, you’re not shackled to a desk or classroom.

Does it get better? Yes!

To make it even easier on you we have OT Flex Packages filled with our most popular occupational therapy continuing education courses. OT flex packages let you mix premium text and video courses to create a customized learning package. Flex packages are available in 12, 29 and 36 hour options. Using the promo code “NBCOT″ helps you save even more off the individual course prices:

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Other things to remember to make life easier

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification is granted for a 3-year period if all requirements are met by the scheduled renewal date. The 2015 on-time renewal period ends on March 31, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. The NBCOT highly recommends that therapists aim for a March 16th submission deadline instead as applications received less than 15 days prior to the renewal deadline may not be processed by the March 31st due date.

The NBCOT certification requires at least 36 Professional Development Units (PDUs) accrued during the 3 year renewal cycle for both Registered Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Not due this year? Why wait! HomeCEUConnection.com courses have a 1 year expiry date. So those flex packages can be bought now and completed later. Sweet!

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An Urgent Message Regarding Florida Occupational Therapy CE Rules

We’ve been fielding calls from a lot of Florida OTs and OTAs regarding a rule change regarding their CEUs. We have confirmed with the head of the continuing education department of the Florida Occupational Therapy Board, that, effective March 1st, 2015, they  will officially change their definition of “interactive” course work. Until midnight on February 28th, 2015, all HomeCEUConnection.com courses remain in the “Interactive” category. There will be no enforcement of changes to requirements for the 2015 renewal deadline.

Don’t Panic, You’re Good!

For this cycle, ALL of our Florida occupational therapy CEUs (text, pre-recorded video, webinars), count towards your license renewal with no restrictions. We will report to CE Broker as usual, and, beginning February 10th, 2015, we will be reporting three times per week.

After the 2015 license renewal period, Florida OTs and OTAs will be limited to a maximum of 12 hours of non-interactive “home study” courses (any text or video based courses) per cycle. Interactive courses will have to offer the ability to communicate with the instructor in real-time, such as HomeCEUConnection.com online webinars:

Section 64B11-5.001 Requirements for License Renewal of an Active License (4), “Taking a computerized exam at the end of the study, or being able to e-mail the instructor with a question does not qualify home study as a live or interactive course”, will be enforced as of March 1st, 2015.

What Does That Mean For You?

For this renewal cycle, it’s business as usual. For the 2017 renewa, we will be putting together a schedule of real-time interactive webinars to help you meet your new Florida Occupational Therapy CE needs. We will be adding more to the schedule on a regular basis, so check back frequently to find approved interactive courses to meet your requirements and get those pesky CEUs done ahead of time!

If you have any questions about your Florida occupational therapy continuing education please call our office at 1.800.554.2387 or email me at [email protected].

29 New Premium Mobile CE Courses for Healthcare Professionals

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HomeCEUConnection.com, the leading provider of continuing education at home, announces the release of 29 new premium online and mobile CE courses for healthcare professionals.

Healthcare professionals seeking the most convenient and affordable way of completing their continuing education at home or on-the-go via laptops, tablets or mobile devices, now have access to 29 brand new, premium Seminar-on-Demand CE courses. The new courses add to HomeCEUConnection.com’s robust catalog of over 2,500 hours of online, mobile CE course offerings, allowing therapy professionals to easily create a customized educational experience. With such a robust and diverse library of continuing education courses, there’s something for everyone!

“HomeCEUConnection.com was fabulous! It was fast, convenient, and reasonable to pick up those last minute CEU’s. I will definitely use this source again!”- Traci Kenner, Kansas PT

Bundle Up For Bigger Savings

HomeCEUConnection.com also offers “SOD Bundle Packs” so that healthcare professionals can save money while satisfying their state’s CE requirements. All of these new 29 continuing education courses can be purchased through the HomeCEUConnection.com’s website or by calling 1.800.554.2387, in either an online, mobile format or as a hard copy sent via Fedex:

  • Corrective Exercise: Optimize the Nervous System for Complete Functional Restoration
  • Nutritional Considerations for the Rehabilitation Professional
  • The Improvisational OT: Creating Tools From Your Environment
  • The Essential School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Massage Therapy Finances: From Business Plans to Balance Sheets
  • Massage Practice Management: Cornerstones To A Successful Massage Therapy Practice
  • Pediatric Voice Disorders and Therapy
  • When Eating is No Longer Fun
  • Educating and Counseling Families of Neurorehabilitation Patients
  • Maximizing the Team Approach for NeuroRehabilitation
  • Introduction to Static Splinting
  • Stroke Rehab for the 21st Century: Where Are We at and Where are We Going?
  • Dysphagia in Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Medication Administration in the Dysphagia Patient – Helping the Medicine Go Down
  • Emergency Response For The 21st Century
  • I’ve Fallen, Now What? Helping Educate Your Patient Following A Fall
  • Effective Online Marketing Techniques for Massage Practices
  • The ABCs of Starting Your Own Massage Practice
  • Marketing Your Massage Practice: Staying A Step Ahead Of The Competition
  • Communication for Massage Therapists: How to Network, Interview and Speak Like A Pro
  • What is Cultural Competency?
  • Cultural Diversity in the Patient Care Environment
  • Cultural Diversity and Implications in Pain Management
  • Home Care Rehab for Orthopedic Patients: Maximizing Clinical and Outcome Assessment Information Set (OASIS) Outcomes
  • Dyslexia and language based learning: How the difference or disability may be up to you!
  • BioMechanical Voice Therapy, The Basics Advanced
  • BioMechanical Voice Therapy Applied To Seven Primary Patient Populations
  • Dysphagia and Reflux Disease from the Waist up: Treating Digestive, Respiratory, Swallowing and Voice Issues
  • Latest Trends in Dysphagia Management for Diagnosis and Therapy

“Fast, Easy, Reliable. Thanks for making the process of completing CEU’s online user friendly!” Sam Padilla, Ohio PT

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NBCOT Certification Renewal: Understanding the Rules & Requirements

It’s the beginning of the 2015 NBCOT Certification renewal period for OTRs and COTAs! Read on as we map out how HomeCEUConnection.com can help you remain Active in Good Standing with the NBCOT for the next three years.

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NBCOT Certification Renewal Period

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification is granted for a 3-year period if all requirements are met by the scheduled renewal date. The 2014 on-time renewal period ends on March 31, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. However, it is recommended that therapists aim for a March 16th submission deadline instead, because applications received less than 15 days prior to the renewal deadline may not be processed by the March 31st due date. That means there’s no time to waste to get started on your NBCOT continuing education.

Professional Development Requirements for OTRs and COTAs

The NBCOT certification requires at least 36 Professional Development Units (PDUs) accrued during the 3 year renewal cycle for both Registered Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants.  HomeCEUconnection.com is an AOTA approved provider and CEUs earned through an AOTA approved providers convert from .1 CEU to 1.25 PDU. This means that you only have to take 29 contact hours with us and it will count as all 36 of your PDUs for your NBCOT continuing education! 36 PDUs for the price and effort of 29, you can’t beat that! You can use this PDU Conversion Calculator to figure out how many PDUs you get credit for, or check out this publication from the NBCOT to learn more.

NBCOT Packages from an AOTA Approved Provider

In addition needing to take fewer hours since we are an AOTA approved continuing education provider, we are also offering customizable OT/OTA packages. These packages allow students to bundle a variety of text and video courses to create a unique learning experience. Each category offers 12 hour, 20 hour, 26 hour, 29 hour and 36 hour package options.  For more detailed information regarding the NBCOT certification renewal, please visit www.nbcot.org. Select an OT/OTA Flex package to get started, or, search our OT/OTA course catalog for a complete listing of courses approved for your state and profession!

And, for a limited time, save extra on all OT/OTA Flex packages with promo code NBCOT

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