Hotel Reservations/Housing: AHCA/NCAL uses Convention Management Resources, Inc (CMR) as its only official housing partner. No other company is authorized to offer registrants housing in our hotels. In order to secure your housing, you must first be registered for the Convention & Expo. When you register online, event and housing can be completed at the same time. Staying within the official AHCA/NCAL housing block will result in registration fees that are discounted by $100. If attendees book housing in the official AHCA/NCAL housing block and later cancel their reservation, the additional $100 registration fee will automatically be charged.
Registration: If you are an administrator you must have a NAB Registry ID to register for convention. Although onsite registration opens at 6:30am on Monday, October 8, AHCA/NCAL encourages you to pick up your badge and Convention & Expo materials up on Sunday, October 7. Badges are required to gain access to all sessions and the Expo Hall, so plan ahead and avoid the lines.
Convention Programming: Main convention programming begins on Sunday, October 7 at 1:00pm with a variety of Intensive sessions designed to give you a deep dive into the topics. Sunday also features two separate ticketed education events - NCAL Day and Rehabilitation Therapy Day. If you are interested in attending these events, please be sure you add them to your registration.
Session Seating: AHCA/NCAL does not pre-register for individual sessions. We try very hard to ensure there is a seat for anyone interested in attending a session and we max out the number of seats in each room. However, there will be times when a session will run out of available seats. In the event a session becomes full, attendees will be directed to one of two overflow rooms. It is also helpful to choose an alternate session selection, just in case. Session Scanning: AHCA/NCAL uses RFID to track session attendance. There will not be scanners at the door. Your badge will be read each time you enter or exit a session. You do not need to raise your badge or do anything other than walk in and out of the room through its main entrance.
Pack for Comfort: The weather in San Diego is expected to be in the high 70s during the day and in the low of 50s in evenings. Session rooms can range from chilly to warm and adjusting room temperatures takes time. Please pack layers to be ready for any temperature.
Credit/Contact Hour Reporting: At the end of the event your session attendance will be reported to NAB. With the establishment of the NAB Registry ID we no longer report to state boards or provide CE certificates to administrators. Administrators will need to log in to their NAB account to gain access to their credit history. AHCA/NCAL will upload the scan session data to NAB and credit will be given to those who meet the minimum dwell time in the session. Please allow 30 days for the data compilation and upload. Nurses will be emailed a copy of their CE certificate 30 days after the end of the convention. Nursing hours will be reported to ANCC. All other professions will need to self-report your attendance. If you are self-reporting, please contact Adrienne Riaz-Khan for supporting documentation.
Coffee: AHCA/NCAL does not provide coffee breaks. Coffee is available in most hotel rooms, hotel lobbies, local coffee shops, and in coffee carts throughout the convention center. We have made the choice to steward financial resources toward stronger programming and providing lunch in the Expo Hall on Monday and Tuesday.
Lunch/Food: For your convenience, AHCA/NCAL provides lunch to all attendees on Monday and Tuesday inside the Expo Hall. Additionally, you may also enjoy a selection of San Diego's favorite food at the AHCA/NCAL Welcome Reception.
Water: Water stations are available throughout the convention center space. Be sure to pack a water bottle and stay hydrated throughout your stay in San Diego.
Shuttle/Walking: AHCA/NCAL provides a shuttle service to and from selected convention hotels. However, some hotels are within walking distance to the convention center. Be sure to pack comfortable shoes as you may choose to walk and discover the scenic views and neighborhoods along the way.