(PRWEB) December 09, 2013
The American Board of Audiology® (ABA) is pleased to announce that two audiologists successfully passed its Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC®) exam this fall and have joined the elite group of audiologists who hold the credential. The PASC recognizes audiologists who have acquired specialized knowledge in the field of pediatric audiology, enhances their individual performance through exam preparation and recertification, and elevates professional standards in the field of pediatric audiology.
Shelley Moats, AuD, of Louisville, KY, and Jacqueline Rowley, AuD, of Denver, CO, both earned the PASC on October 5 in Cincinnati, OH.
They join the growing cohort of audiologists who hold expertise in the field, according to Angela Pond, AuD, chair of the ABA Board of Governors. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Moats and Dr. Rowley to the network of audiologists who hold advanced ABA credentials,” Pond said. “The PASC is a mark they can display proudly to highlight their education, expertise, and dedication to staying current in the field of pediatric audiology.”
The PASC testifies to an audiologist’s thorough understanding of what it takes to practice in pediatric audiology today and demonstrates to colleagues, other health-care providers, patients, and employers that he or she has acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of pediatric audiology and are the best option for treating children with audio-vestibular disorders and hearing loss.
To earn the PASC credential, candidates must meet minimum pediatric audiology professional experience requirements and provide evidence of a graduate degree in audiology. Successful applicants must then pass a challenging examination that covers seven pediatric audiology knowledge domains: Laws and Regulations, Hearing and Hearing Loss, Child Development, Screening and Assessment Procedures, Counseling, Communication Enhancement Technology, and Habilitation/Rehabilitation Strategies. Once an audiologist successfully passes the PASC exam, he or she must renew the certification every three years through 60 hours of continuing education, 30 of which must be specific to pediatric audiology.
The ABA will offer subsequent examinations in pediatric audiology, as well as cochlear implants, on March 30, 2014, in Orlando, FL, during AudiologyNOW!. To apply for ABA board certification or a specialty certification, visit http://www.americanboardofaudiology.org or contact Keri Murphy, senior manager of credentialing and compliance, at 703-226-1057, kmurphy(at)audiology(dot)org.
About the American Board of Audiology
An autonomous organization, the American Board of Audiology (ABA) is dedicated to enhancing audiological services to the public by promulgating universally recognized standards in professional practice. The ABA encourages audiologists to exceed these prescribed standards, thereby promoting a high level of professional development and ethical practice. To help meet that goal, the ABA administers the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC) and the Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification (CISC®), both of which are voluntary certification programs. These specialty certifications were created by and are administered by ABA-certified audiologists.