§ 39.61. Requirements.
(a) A licensee shall complete at least 48 clock hours of continuing education during the preceding biennial period as a condition of renewal. Beginning with the continuing education completed during the July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024, biennial renewal period, at least 12 of the required 48 clock hours shall be completed in the subject areas of emergency preparedness and infection control.
(b) All continuing education clock hours shall be completed in courses preapproved by NAB or the Board, except as provided in subsection (c)(2)(5).
(c) Of the 48 clock hours required, the following apply:
(1) Up to 48 clock hours may be taken in lecture, college or university, computer interactive, distance learning or correspondence courses preapproved by NAB or the Board.
(2) A maximum of 12 clock hours may be earned by serving as an instructor of a NAB or Board-approved continuing education program or as an instructor of a college or university course approved by NAB or the Board. Instructors may earn 1 clock hour for each hour of instruction up to 12 clock hours.
(3.1) Clock hours may be earned by professional writing on the topic of long-term care as follows:
(i) Authoring a book relating to long-term care will earn 18 clock hours per published book per biennium.
(ii) Authoring a chapter in a book relating to long-term care will earn 4 clock hours per chapter up to a maximum of 12 clock hours per biennium.
(iii) Authoring an article relating to long-term care that is published in a peer-reviewed journal will earn 3 clock hours per article up to a maximum of 9 clock hours per biennium.
(iv) Authoring an article that is published in a non-peer-reviewed journal, magazine, newsletter or other publication relating to long-term care will earn 2 clock hours per article, up to a maximum of 6 clock hours per biennium.
(v) A licensee seeking continuing education credit for professional writing as set forth in this paragraph shall submit a copy of the book, chapter, article, newsletter or other publication to the Board within 60 days of publication.
(4) Up to 24 clock hours may be obtained by serving as a supervisor in a Board-approved AIT program, when the AIT successfully completes the AIT program.
(5) A maximum of 12 clock hours may be awarded retroactively for attending programs, to include lectures, and college or university courses, which have not been preapproved. The attendee shall submit a written request for approval within 60 days of attending the program and document attendance. The attendee shall demonstrate to the Boards satisfaction that the programs meet the requirements in § § 39.14(a)(2) and 39.51 (relating to approval of programs of study; and standards for continuing education programs).
(d) A licensee is not required to meet the continuing education requirement on the first renewal immediately following licensure.
(e) A licensee suspended for disciplinary reasons is not exempt from the continuing education requirements in subsection (a).
(f) A licensee who cannot meet the overall continuing education clock hour requirement in subsection (a) or (d) due to illness, emergency or hardship may apply to the Board in writing prior to the end of the renewal period for an extension of time to complete the clock hours. A licensee who cannot meet any other requirement in this section due to illness, emergency or hardship may apply to the Board in writing prior to the end of the renewal period for a waiver of the requirement. An extension or waiver request must explain why compliance is impossible, and include appropriate documentation. An extension or waiver request will be evaluated by the Board on a case-by-case basis.
(g) A licensee will not be credited for repeating a program in the same renewal period unless the subject matter has substantially changed during that period.
(h) A licensee will not be credited for any continuing education program less than 30 minutes of instruction in duration.
The provisions of this § 39.61 issued under section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § 186); and sections 4 and 9 of the Nursing Home Administrators License Act (63 P.S. § § 1104(c) and 1109); amended under sections 4(a)(9) and (c) and 9(b) and (e) of the Nursing Home Administrators License Act (63 P.S. § § 1104(a)(9) and (c) and 1109(b) and (e)).
The provisions of this § 39.61 adopted February 25, 1983, effective February 26, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 834; amended March 9, 2001, effective March 10, 2001, 31 Pa.B. 1362; amended July 11, 2008, effective July 12, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 3811; amended June 11, 2010, effective June 12, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 3090; amended May 20, 2022, effective May 21, 2022, 52 Pa.B. 2963. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (349691) to (349693).
This section cited in 49 Pa. Code § 39.11 (relating to biennial renewal); and 49 Pa. Code § 39.52 (relating to program registration).
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