Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Chapter 335
Rule Caption: Creates temporary license for completing SLPA clinical fieldwork outside an academic program; revises fieldwork requirements.
Adm. Order No.: SPA 4-2013(Temp)
Filed with Sec. of State: 9-13-2013
Certified to be Effective: 9-13-13 thru 12-28-13
Notice Publication Date:
Rules Adopted: 335-085-0010
Rules Amended: 335-095-0010, 335-095-0030
Rules Suspended: 335-085-0010(T)
Subject: OAR 335-085-0010 is revised to define and create a Provisional Speech-Language Assistant (SLPA) Certificate as a type of temporary license to be issued for 180 days to individuals seeking to complete the clinical fieldwork required for certification as an SLPA. The Provisional SLPA Certificate will be required for individuals completing their clinical fieldwork outside of an approved practicum course.
Clinical fieldwork requirements for SLPA certification outlined in OAR 335-095-0030(3) are revised for clarification and to require documentation of consultation and assessment by the supervisor in addition to the clinical interaction hours.
OAR 335-095-0030(3)(f) specifies requirements for clinical fieldwork completed outside Oregon.
A few other amendments are implemented for clarification.
Rules Coordinator: Sandy Leybold—(971) 673-0220
Qualifications and Procedures for Temporary Licenses
(1) A Limited Term License is a temporary license issued to a speech-language pathologist or audiologist applicant and a Limited Term Certificate is a certificate issued to a speech-language pathology assistant applicant whose application for regular licensure is submitted after May 1st of each odd-numbered year. Applicants for a Conditional License in speech-language pathology are not eligible to obtain limited term licenses.
(a) Limited Term Licenses and Certificates expire at the same time as regular licenses, January 30th of even-numbered years.
(b) Limited Term License or Certificate holders must comply with all Board rules and policies related to applications for license renewal, which must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 31st of odd-numbered years. Upon meeting all requirements for license renewal, holders of Limited Term Licenses and Certificates may be issued regular licenses of the same type.
(2) A Temporary Conditional License or a Temporary License may be issued for up to 90 days to a speech-language pathologist or audiologist applicant who meets all other requirements for licensure but whose graduate degree will not be conferred for more than 30 days after completion of all degree requirements, as provided in OAR 335-060-0005(3)(b).
(a) A temporary license issued under this rule is not renewable.
(b) The official transcript must be submitted to the Board office as soon as possible after the degree is conferred, but in no case later than 60 days following issuance of the temporary license. When all licensure requirements are met, the temporary license holder may be issued a regular license of the same type.
(3) A Provisional Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate is a temporary license certificate issued by the Board to speech-language pathology assistant applicants who have completed academic requirements in OAR 335-095-0030(1) and (2), while they are actively engaged in completing the clinical fieldwork hours required in 335-095-0030(3) outside of an academic program.
(a) A Provisional Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate may be issued for up to 180 days. It may not be renewed. A Provisional Certificate may be upgraded to a regular Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate.
(b) A holder of a Provisional Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate must be directly supervised 100% of the time they are engaged in clinical fieldwork. The supervisor must be qualified and the clinical fieldwork documented according to OAR 335-095-0030.
(c) A holder of a Provisional Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate must clearly identify themselves as a “provisional speech-language pathology assistant”, and may not hold a job title of or be employed as a “speech-language pathology assistant”. The provisional certificate holder may be employed in a unlicensed position such as educational assistant, may be paid a stipend, or may be uncompensated.
(d) The provisional certificate holder may apply for an upgrade to a speech-language pathology assistant certificate upon completion of all requirements in OAR 335-095-0030. Application to upgrade the provisional certificate must be postmarked no later than 15 days prior to its expiration. The provisional certificate holder may not practice as a speech-language pathology assistant without direct supervision until receiving a regular speech-language pathology assistant certificate.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 681
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.285 & 681.340
Hist.: SPA 3-2013(Temp), f. 6-28-13, cert. ef. 7-1-13 thru 12-28-13; SPA 4-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-13-13 thru 12-28-13
(1) Approved Training Program: A post secondary training program that has approval by the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology to offer specific coursework and practica leading to licensure as a speech-language pathology assistant.
(2) Assessment: A qualitative and quantitative process, conducted by a licensed SLP, that measures the degree of communication impairment including, but not limited to, screening, norm and criterion referenced testing, behavioral observations, and clinical interview.
(3) Clinical Interaction: Interaction where the speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA), or clinical fieldwork participant (provisional speech-language pathology assistant certificate holder or practicum student) is actively participating in or leading a therapy session.
(4) Direct Supervision: On-site, within sight and/or sound, or live videoconference observation and guidance by a speech-language pathologist while a speech-language pathology assistant performs a clinical interaction.
(5) Indirect Supervision: Those activities other than direct observation and guidance conducted by a speech-language pathologist that may include consultation, record review, lesson planning, and review and evaluation of audio-or videotaped sessions. Indirect supervision may be done in person or via telephone or electronic communication modes.
(6) Speech-Language Pathology Assistant: A person certified under ORS 681.360 who provides speech-language pathology services within the scope of duties outlined in OAR 335-095-0060 under the direction and supervision of a speech-language pathologist licensed under ORS 681.250.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.205, 681.360, 681.370, 681.375, 681.420 & 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.360, 681.370 & 681.375
Hist.: SPA 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 5-7-03; SPA 3-2006, f. & cert. ef. 5-8-06; SPA 3-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-10-08; SPA 1-2009, f. 6-9-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09; SPA 4-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-13-13 thru 12-28-13
Certification of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
Applicants must submit all of the following to be eligible for certification.
(1) Official transcripts showing 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of speech-language pathology technical course work; and
(2) Official transcripts showing 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of general education credit; and
(3) Written evidence of completion of clinical fieldwork that builds skills and competencies needed to practice as a speech-language pathology assistant.
(a) During clinical fieldwork in Oregon, the fieldwork participant must be enrolled in a speech-language pathology practicum course at an accredited college or university, or hold an Oregon provisional speech-language pathology assistant certificate.
(b) Clinical fieldwork must consist of a minimum of 100 clock hours of clinical interaction and 8 hours of consultation and assessment over a recommended 8–12 week period. Clinical interaction must be face to face interaction with clients and directly supervised 100% of the time. Clinical interaction consists of actively participating in or leading individual, small group, or classroom therapy sessions. The fieldwork participant must also meet with the supervising speech-language pathologist for at least two hours for every 25 hours of clinical interaction to assess the participant’s developing clinical skills and competencies, for a total of 8 hours of consultation and assessment. Tasks such as clerical tasks, passive observations, and materials preparation may not be included in clinical fieldwork hours. Meetings with the supervisor may not be included in the 100 hours of clinical interaction.
(c) Clinical interaction documentation must show the date, clinical activity, amount of time and the supervisor’s initials for each activity, and be signed by both the supervisor and fieldwork participant. The clinical fieldwork supervisor must be licensed by the Board, or hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency during the fieldwork.
(d) The supervising speech-language pathologist and the fieldwork participant must complete the Board’s SLPA Competency Checklist during and at the completion of 100 hours of clinical interaction to document the fieldwork participant’s developing skills and competencies. The fieldwork participant must be rated as meeting or exceeding all skills upon completion of the fieldwork to qualify for certification as a speech-language pathology assistant. If there is more than one fieldwork supervisor, each supervisor must complete and sign a Board SLPA Competency Checklist.
(e) In extenuating circumstances where the fieldwork participant is unable to obtain the signature of their clinical fieldwork supervisor, the Board may accept a Board SLPA Competency Checklist signed by another supervising speech-language pathologist who is licensed by the Board or holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency and is able to render a professional opinion of the applicant’s level of competence.
(f) Applicants who completed fieldwork in another state must provide documentation of at least 100 clinical interaction hours and a final assessment of their skills and competencies completed and signed by their supervising speech-language pathologist. The supervisor must have held the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency while supervising the applicant. The Board will review the fieldwork log and final assessment in accordance with its clinical interaction requirements and SLPA Competency Checklist. If the fieldwork is not deemed equivalent to Oregon standards, the applicant must obtain a provisional speech-language pathology assistant certificate to complete fieldwork requirements for certification in Oregon.
(4) Applicants whose academic instruction 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 clinical interaction as described in OAR 335-095-0030(3) within the 12 months prior to application; or
(b) Completion of 7.5 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.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.360, 681.375, 681.420 & 681.460
Stat. Implemented: ORS 681.360 & 681.375
Hist.: SPA 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 5-7-03; SPA 1-2004, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-04; SPA 2-2004, f. & cert. ef. 5-26-04; SPA 3-2006, f. & cert. ef. 5-8-06; 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 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-11; SPA 2-2012, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-12; SPA 1-2013, f. 4-1-13, cert. ef. 5-1-13; SPA 4-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-13-13 thru 12-28-13
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