For Want of an Hour
One of the PTAs I work with didn't meet her CEU requirement for license renewal. She found out Friday. A one-hour course she listed wasn't approved for credit in the state of Texas. She now has to pay a fine and do community service. Her initial response was denial. Then she blamed the company who provided the CEU. Now she has accepted it.
There's plenty of blame to go around here. She admits she should have checked the certificate to make sure it was approved. There is an approval number on it. Where it should say "the state of Texas," it says Rehabilitation Council of America. Her mistake is easy to understand. To superficial inspection it looks correct.
The course was provided by a DME vendor. Apparently once a year they make the rounds of various facilities presenting an "in-service" on their products and services. I attended my first one last week. The first thing the presenter said was the course was approved for CEUs. Given what happened to the PTA, I think it's safe to say that statement is misleading. I'm sure the point of the CEUs is to encourage staff attendance.
I'm familiar with that company. I've had bad experiences with it in the past. The so-called in-service was simply a presentation of various AFOs and braces available. It was so pathetic I didn't bother to engage the presenter in a debate about the proper AFO for extensor tone with equus deformity. He wouldn't have known. To me, the question is whether the company realizes the CEU statement is incorrect, doesn't know the difference or doesn't care.
It's unfortunate this happened to the PTA. She submitted the course in good faith. I believe she got the same penalty as someone who didn't even make the effort. She was wrong but the punishment doesn't fit the crime. To simplify things, there's probably one punishment for each offense. That said, I think the company should at least get a slap on the wrist for misrepresenting the CEU approval. I wouldn't be surprised if she isn't the only victim. For simplicity's sake, how about they don't mention CEU approval?