After a great deal of thought, product research, and investigation, we made the determination that strictly using an online platform would be a disservice to course participants. All courses remain a face-to-face, small group learning experience. This is a hands-on and collaborative course with participants working directly with and examining other participants. Lecture and video links do not offer the same degree of clinical skill application.
2. Why are these courses only open to limited professionals
Diagnosis and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders is not a profession but a designated scope of practice for licensed professionals. Primary education (post secondary and graduate) and clinical practice background is a requirement. The IAOM only allowed registered and licensed professionals to take the course and apply for certification. Educating individuals who do not have this scope of practice written into their credentialing and licensing parameters undermines the mission of the IAOM.
3. Are there every any exceptions made?
An individual who works outside these professions may appeal to the IAOM Board of Directors for re-consideration. A letter of appeal, transcripts and references are required.
4. I see there are different courses out there. How do I know if this is the right course for me?
Research reveals that that memory retention for a single modality (reading, listening, touching) is approximately 37%. Learning escalates by offering different didactic components: cues, eye contact, hands-on activity. Grouped together that learning retention escalates to over 85% recall. The goal of this class is to prepare clinicians for diagnostics and treatment in a clinical setting upon completion.This question is best answered with self-examination: what type of learner are you?
In addition, to be eligible later for Certification and acquisition of the credentials COM® (a recognized and registered trademark in the US), all candidates must have taken an IAOM approved introductory level courses. Other courses will not apply.
5. What do I do to Certify?
The IAOM has its own handouts on this process. This is a brief summary:
The process begins by taking a class, joining the IAOM, and completing 2 clinical cases. Upon completion members are eligible to apply for Certification. A review of clinical cases is required before being accepted for examination. Examination is 3 parts: 1) written essay; 2) objective testing; 3) clinical onsite evaluation. Candidates must meet the each criteria as designated
6. How long does it take to Certify?
Upon completion of clinical cases and acceptance into the Certification program, it takes candidates anywhere from 9-24 months to complete.