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Oregon Bulletin

July 1, 2013

Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Chapter 335

Rule Caption: Minor amendments to clarify and facilitate implementation of permanent rule changes effective May 1, 2013.

Adm. Order No.: SPA 2-2013(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 5-17-2013

Certified to be Effective: 5-17-13 thru 11-13-13

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 335-060-0006, 335-060-0010, 335-070-0020, 335-070-0050, 335-070-0080

Subject: Clarifies waiver of initial professional development for SLPs to include the 12 months following completion of the supervised clinical experience.

 Clarifies that fees in 335-060-0010(1) may be charged to applicants and current licensees.

 Removes rule requiring Board to charge a delinquent fee for late submission of requests for special approval of professional development.

 Conforms treatment of speech-language pathology assistant supervision audit and professional development audit as it relates to delinquent fees.

 Clarifies certain definitions of accepted professional development activities.

 Reinstates pro-rating of professional development hours required for initial license renewal.

Rules Coordinator: Sandy Leybold—(971) 673-0220

335-060-0006

Licensure of Speech-Language Pathologists

(1) “Degree requirements” under ORS 681.260(2) for those speech-language pathologists completing their professional training after January 1, 2006 are those outlined in the 2005 Certification Standards for Speech-Language Pathologists as promulgated by the Council For Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:

(a) A minimum of 75 semester hours pertinent to speech-language pathology, which include:

(b) At least 36 graduate credits in speech-language pathology;

(c) A clinical practicum of 400 clock hours, of which 25 must be observational hours and 375 must be direct clinical interaction. Supervision must be provided by a speech-language pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. At least 325 of these clock hours must be completed while in an accredited graduate program.

(d) Credit earned for a thesis or capstone project, if part of the accredited graduate program.

(2) For those speech-language pathologists completing their professional training after January 1, 2006 “supervised clinical experience” under ORS 681.260(3) means a program of clinical work that is:

(a) Begun after completing all graduate degree requirements;

(b) Supervised by a speech-language pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association;

(c) A minimum of 35 hours per week for 36 weeks of practice, or its equivalent, for a total of not less than 1,260 hours;

(d) A minimum of 80% of the hours spent in direct client/patient contact (assessment/diagnosis/evaluation, screening, treatment, report writing, family/client consultation, and/or counseling), with the remainder in related record keeping and administrative duties.

(3) For those speech-language pathologists completing their professional training after January 1, 2006, “examinations” under ORS 681.260(4) means the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology as administered by the Educational Testing Service. Applicants must attain a passing score to qualify for licensure.

(4) Applicants whose graduate program was not conducted in English may be required to submit scores from the following standardized tests to demonstrate English language proficiency:

(a) The internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with minimum scores of 100 overall, 26 in writing, and 26 in speaking; or

(b) The paper-based TOEFL and Test of Spoken English (TSE) with minimum scores of 600 overall; 5 on the essay; and 50 on the TSE; or

(c) The computer-based TOEFL and TSE with minimum scores of 250 overall; 5 on the essay; and 50 on the TSE.

(5) Applicants must demonstrate current professional competence as follows:

(a) Completion of graduate degree or supervised clinical experience within the 12 months prior to application; or

(b) Completion of 15 hours of professional development within the 12 months prior to application.

(c) Any hours completed in the current professional development period may also be counted towards meeting the professional development requirement for the next active license renewal.

(6) For those speech-language pathologists completing their training before January 1, 2006, “degree requirements”, “supervised clinical experience” and “examinations” mean those in effect for ASHA certification at the time training was completed.

Stat. Authority: ORS 681
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.250 & 681.260
Hist.: SPA 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-11; SPA 1-2012, f. & cert. ef. 2-23-12; SPA 2-2012, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-12; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13, cert. ef. 5-1-13; SPA 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-17-13 thru 11-13-13

335-060-0010

Fees

In accordance with the provisions of ORS 681.340 and 681.360, the following fees, where applicable, are payable to the Board by check, money order, or electronic payment if available:

(1) All Applicants or Licensees:

(a) Application fee shall be $40, non-refundable.

(b) Delinquent fee shall be $50.

(c) A delinquent fee will be charged for each or all of the following, as applicable:

(A) Renewal applications postmarked or submitted electronically after December 31st of odd-numbered years;

(B) Renewal applications postmarked by December 31st of odd numbered years which are incomplete or otherwise unable to be processed;

(C) Conditional license renewals or conditional license upgrade applications postmarked less than 30 days prior to the expiration date of the conditional license;

(d) A delinquent fee may be charged for each or all of the following, as applicable:

(A) Failure to respond to audit by the prescribed deadline;

(B) Audit responses postmarked by the deadline which are incomplete or otherwise unable to be processed;

(C) Failure to complete all required hours of professional development prior to January 1st of even-numbered years;

(D) Failure to update contact information or provide supervisory changes within 30 days of the change.

(E) Failure to report all required hours of speech-language pathology assistant supervision upon audit.

(e) The Board may provide for waiver of the license or certificate fee where the license or certificate is issued less than 45 days before the date on which it will expire.

(2) Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists:

(a) Biennial license fee and renewal thereof shall be $160.

(b) Biennial inactive license fee and renewal thereof shall be $50.

(c) Conditional license fee and renewal thereof shall be $50.

(3) Speech-Language Pathology Assistants:

(a) Biennial certificate fee and renewal thereof shall be $50.

(b) Biennial inactive certificate fee and renewal thereof shall be $20.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.340, 681.360, 681.420 & 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.340(1), 681.360(2)(b) & 681.360(3)(b)
Hist.: SPA 2-1993(Temp), f. 12-8-93, cert. ef. 12-10-93; SPA 1-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-10-94; SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA 1-2002(Temp), f. 11-8-02, cert. ef. 12-1-02 thru 5-1-03; SPA 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 5-7-03; SPA 1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 9-13-05; SPA 3-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-10-08; SPA 1-2009, f. 6-9-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09; SPA 1-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-11-10 thru 2-4-11; SPA 1-2011, f. 1-28-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11; SPA 3-2011(Temp), f. 10-10-11, cert. ef. 10-11-11 thru 4-4-12; SPA 1-2012, f. & cert. ef. 2-23-12; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13, cert. ef. 5-1-13; SPA 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-17-13 thru 11-13-13

335-070-0020

Professional Development Defined

(1) “Professional development” is defined as the successful completion of accepted types of activities, on accepted topics, provided and verified by accepted sponsors or providers, for the purpose of developing and updating professional skills.

(2) “Accepted types of activities” are organized programs of learning such as academic courses, classes, conferences, programs, and workshops, that are presented electronically, in-person, or in other formats. Self-study courses accompanied by examination and sponsored by a Board-recognized professional organization in audiology or speech-language pathology are also accepted types of activities. Publishing articles in peer-reviewed professional journals is an accepted type of activity only if special approval is obtained through procedures outlined in OAR 335-070-0020.

(3) Activities not accepted as professional development include but are not limited to:

(a) Supervision of practicum students or clinical fellows, making presentations, or teaching classes;

(b) Serving on professional boards or committees;

(c) Attending professional association business or committee meetings (whether paid or as a volunteer);

(d) Attending staff meetings;

(e) Performing other volunteer work; and

(f) Reading or studying professional journals, unless part of a self-study program that includes an examination to document satisfactory completion, and is sponsored by a Board-recognized professional association in audiology or speech-language pathology.

(4) The content of professional development activities must directly relate to the performance and practice of speech-language pathology or audiology and focus on accepted topics. “Accepted topics” are the following:

(a) Assessment and intervention for speech-language and hearing disorders;

(b) Speech, language and hearing science;

(c) Service delivery issues associated with speech-language and hearing services;

(d) Issues in pre-professional and professional training, professional ethics, professional regulation, and professional leadership and management;

(e) Planning, conducting and interpreting research activities, and developing and implementing evidence-based practices;

(f) Cultural and linguistic diversity in education, training, service delivery, and public policy associated with speech, language, and hearing, including the study of foreign language when needed for direct clinical practice;

(g) Business practices, regulatory policy, and marketing issues directly related to clinical service delivery;

(h) Psycho-social issues associated with speech/language/hearing assessment and intervention;

(i) Patient safety, clinical documentation and prevention of medical errors;

(j) Other topics included in the Continuing Education Board Registry subject code list published by ASHA in 2008 and as revised;

(k) Educational strategies and professional knowledge necessary to effectively provide speech-language pathology or audiology services to students within a pre-K to high school setting.

(5) “Accepted sponsors or providers” of professional development are:

(a) The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), or the American Board of Audiology (ABA) for programs that they provide or approve for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, or speech-language pathology assistants;

(b) The Oregon Speech-Language Hearing Association (OSHA), the Oregon Academy of Audiology (OAA), or any other state speech-language-hearing organizations recognized by ASHA, AAA, or ABA;

(c) Continuing education providers approved by ASHA, AAA, or ABA;

(d) The Oregon Health Licensing Agency for programs that it provides to hearing aid specialists, or approves for continuing education for its licensed hearing aid specialists, or the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology for programs it provides to its licensees;

(e) Institutions of higher education accredited by an appropriate national, state or regional body or approved by the Board, for academic courses;

(f) The American Red Cross or American Heart Association for courses on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation or basic life support; and

(g) Public school districts, education service districts, home health care companies, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, or universities, for programs provided for their employees. When these entities provide programs for non-employees, they are accepted sponsors only if special approval is obtained through procedures outlined in OAR 335-070-0020.

(h) Providers of professional development that are not specified in OAR 335-070-0010(5)(a-g) will be accepted sponsors only if special approval is obtained through procedures outlined in OAR 335-070-0020.

(6) Professional development credit will be granted by the Board as follows:

(a) Credit will be granted by the Board for professional development that meets the definitions for accepted types of activities, accepted topics, and accepted sponsors or providers in OAR 335-070-0010, including those that receive special approval from the Board per OAR 335-070-0020.

(b) Credit for professional development will be calculated on an hourly basis. One “professional development hour” is defined as sixty (60) minutes or one (1) clock hour of attendance/participation unless otherwise specified in rule or specially approved by the Board.

(c) Academic course work must be taken for credit, and the licensee must receive a minimum grade of “C”, for professional development credit to be granted. One academic semester hour is equivalent to fifteen (15) professional development hours. One academic quarter hour is equivalent to ten (10) professional development hours.

(d) Licensees must complete the required professional development hours within the professional development period. The “professional development period” is the twenty-four months prior to and including December 31st of each odd-numbered year.

(e) Professional development hours completed in excess of the requirement may not be carried over to meet requirements in the subsequent period. Professional development hours completed late for one period may not be counted towards the requirements for the subsequent period.

(f) Credit will not be given for completing [in] a professional development activity more than once in a professional development period. A conference consisting of many separate workshops on different topics is counted as multiple activities.

(g) Credit will only be granted by the Board for professional development activities that are documented by official transcripts or certificates of attendance issued by the sponsor or provider. Documentation of activities specially approved by the Board must include proof of that approval, and may require other forms of evidence of completion. All professional development documentation must be retained by the licensee for four (4) years after its completion.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.420(5) & 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.320(1)(a)
Hist.: SPA 2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 7-22-96; SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 5-7-03; SPA 4-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-3-06; SPA 1-2007, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-07; SPA 1-2011, f. 1-28-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13, cert. ef. 5-1-13; SPA 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-17-13 thru 11-13-13

335-070-0050

Responsibilities and Professional Development Reporting Requirements of Licensees

(1) Licensees must maintain, for a period of four (4) years, all documentation verifying professional development hours.

(2) As a requirement for license renewal, active licensees must report professional development hours for the professional development period ending on the deadline for license renewal according to their license type:

(a) Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology: Thirty (30) professional development hours completed during the professional development period;

(b) Dual Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Thirty (30) professional development hours in speech-language pathology and thirty (30) professional development hours in audiology completed during the professional development period. A maximum of fifteen (15) professional development hours may be applied to both licenses if the topic is applicable to both types of licenses.

(c) Speech-Language Pathology Assistant: Fifteen (15) professional development hours completed during the professional development period;

(d) Conditional Licensees: No professional development hours will be required to renew a conditional license, however, individuals are encouraged to participate in professional development activities.

(e) As a requirement for license renewal, active licensees applying to renew a license initially issued during the current professional development will be required to report completion of professional development according to the following scale:

(A) Licensed prior to July of the last even-numbered year — 100% of the professional development hours required in OAR 335-070-0050(2) for an active license of their type.

(B) Licensed from August 1st of the last even-numbered year through July 31st of the current odd-numbered year — 50% of the professional development hours required in OAR 335-070-0050(2) for an active license of their type.

(C) Licensed after July 31st of the current odd-numbered year — no professional development hours are required.

(3) Licensees must comply with any Board request to audit or review their professional development documentation to determine compliance with professional development requirements.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.420(5) & 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.320(1)(a)
Hist.: SPA 2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 7-22-96; SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA 4-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-3-06; SPA 1-2007, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-07; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13, cert. ef. 5-1-13; SPA 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-17-13 thru 11-13-13

335-070-0080

Requirements to Reactivate Inactive or Expired Licenses

An inactive licensee or an individual whose license has expired who applies to the Board to return to active status must submit documentation of professional development as follows:

(1) If the license has been inactive or expired for less than 23 months, the individual must provide documentation of the professional development hours required for renewal of their license type in OAR 335-070-0050(2). These professional development hours must have been completed during the preceding professional development period.

(2) If the license has been inactive for 23 months or more, or expired for 23 months to 47 months, the individual must provide documentation of the one-half of the professional development hours required for renewal of their license type in OAR 335-070-0050(2). These professional development hours must have been completed during the 12 months preceding their reactivation request. Any hours completed in the current professional development period may also be counted towards meeting the professional development requirement for the next active license renewal.

(3) If the license has been expired for 48 months or more, the individual must reapply for licensure and meet the professional development requirements for new applicants.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.420(5) & 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.320(1)(a)
Hist.: SPA 2-1996, f. & cert. ef. 7-22-96; SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA 1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 9-13-05; SPA 1-2009, f. 6-9-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13, cert. ef. 5-1-13; SPA 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-17-13 thru 11-13-13

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