QAP Assessment Tool: Your Questions Answered


Q. Why is there a successful/unsuccessful threshold for the QAP Assessment Tool?
Q. Do I lose my licence if I don’t meet the successful threshold?
Q. Does the new QAP Assessment Tool record me while I take it? What is this Proctorio plug-in?
Q. The new QAP Assessment Tool seems more difficult than the old assessment tool. Is that true?
Q. Will this new QAP Assessment Tool be phased out with amalgamation?
Q. Why does the QAP Assessment Tool have a fee while a module like the JEM does not?
Q. I’ve heard it takes registrants longer to complete the new QAP Assessment Tool. Is this true?
Q. Why am I not able to take the QAP Assessment Tool on my smartphone?
 

Q. Why is there a successful/unsuccessful threshold for the QAP Assessment Tool?

A. The Quality Assurance Program Assessment Tool serves two purposes. First, the College requires assurance that registrants have remained current in their foundational dental hygiene knowledge to practice safely, so a successful/unsuccessful threshold is a critical aspect of the program. Second, this success threshold identifies a small minority of registrants who require further assessment and support to improve their practice. This is done through the second assessment tier: an on-site Professional Performance Assessment which entails a documentation audit based on the College’s Practice Standards. The registrant works collaboratively with a QAP Assessor and the College to determine a directed learning plan to remediate in the necessary areas.

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Q. Do I lose my licence if I don’t meet the successful threshold?

A. No. Registrants who have two unsuccessful attempts on the QAP Assessment Tool enter the second tier of the Quality Assurance Program for a Professional Performance Assessment (PPA). The Quality Assurance Committee, which oversees registrants who are involved in the second tier of the QAP, does not have the ability under the Health Professions Act or the College Bylaws to remove a registrant’s licence.

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Q. Does the new QAP Assessment Tool record me while I take it? What is this Proctorio plug-in?

A. The Proctorio plugin provides security features for the QAP Assessment Tool, including temporarily disabling the ability to copy, paste, or print while taking the tool. These features were built-in to the previous tool, but the platform for the new tool does not have that functionality, which is why Proctorio was used beginning in 2021.

It is in registrants’ best interests to maintain the integrity of the QAP Assessment Tool. Substantial investment was required to create the tool and if it were compromised in any way, registrant funds would be needed to address this.

While Proctorio has the capability to deliver other enhanced security features such as video proctoring, those are not enabled for the College’s tool, nor are they expected to be in future.  Furthermore, the law does not allow the College to engage these features without your explicit consent.

One benefit of Proctorio is that if you have an IT issue while completing the assessment, the College is able to verify that, and allows us to issue a re-take for free.

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Q. The new QAP Assessment Tool seems more difficult than the old assessment tool. Is that true?

A. The new version of the QAP Assessment Tool was developed by BC dental hygienists from a wide range of practice setting, including clinical practice. The proportion of registrants who were not successful after a first attempt in 2021 is nearly identical to that of the previous tool: 4 per cent of the 2021 cohort compared to an average of 3 per cent for the cohorts over the previous eight years. That said, the QAP Assessment Tool would not be an appropriate assessment if the questions were too easy. In addition, feedback from the QAP Assessment Tool is intended to guide professional development which also contributes to enhancing knowledge, currency, and competency.

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Q. Will this new QAP Assessment Tool be phased out with amalgamation?

A. The Health Professions Act (HPA) requires each BC health regulatory college to develop a quality assurance program that includes an assessment component as a measure of public assurance that health professionals are remaining current and competent in their practice.

The amalgamation will merge four oral health colleges in B.C., but the mandate of the new regulator will be the same, to regulate all the oral health professions in the public interest and ensure that it is fulfilling its obligations under the Health Professions Act.

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Q. Why does the QAP Assessment Tool have a fee while a module like the JEM does not?

A. The resources required to create and maintain modules like the Jurisprudence Education Module (JEM) can be covered through registrant renewal fees as the content requires minimal updates each year. More resources are needed to maintain the QAP Assessment Tool as the process to develop content for an assessment that is current and defensible is more robust and complex. The $85 fee reflects the resources required for ongoing development of the tool which is necessary both to maintain its security and to have a current and accurate question item bank. To ensure transparency and fairness, the CDHBC Board of Directors decided to charge a fee at the time a registrant completes the QAP Assessment Tool, rather than increasing registrants’ annual fees to cover the cost.

It is worth noting that the new Assessment Tool is cheaper than the previous assessment tool ($85 instead of $125 plus tax).

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Q. I’ve heard it takes registrants longer to complete the new QAP Assessment Tool. Is this true?

A. As the new tool has an interactive question format, we recognize that it may take some registrants more time to complete than the previous multiple-choice tool. In recognition of this, we have extended the allotted time to 3 hours from 2.5 hours and the number of questions has been reduced from 75 to 70. Of the 2021 cohort, 69 per cent completed it between 2.5 and 3 hours, 22 per cent between 2 and 2.5 hours, and 7 per cent in less than two hours. While the maximum amount of time has increased, registrants can finish the tool more quickly if they choose.

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Q. Why am I not able to take the QAP Assessment Tool on my smartphone?

A. We’re not looking into developing a mobile friendly version at this time as the platform does not support touchscreen technology for smartphones and tablets, including iPads. A computer in a quiet environment is recommended.

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