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Oregon Bulletin

December 1, 2013

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

Rule Caption: Permanently adopts temporary rules regarding temporary licensees, licensing fees, clinical fieldwork and professional development.

Adm. Order No.: SPA 5-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 11-13-2013

Certified to be Effective: 11-13-13

Notice Publication Date: 10-1-2013

Rules Adopted: 335-085-0010

Rules Amended: 335-060-0005, 335-060-0006, 335-060-0010, 335-070-0020, 335-070-0050, 335-070-0080, 335-095-0010, 335-095-0030

Rules Repealed: 335-060-0005(T), 335-060-0006(T), 335-060-0010(T), 335-070-0020(T), 335-070-0050(T), 335-070-0080(T), 335-085-0010(T), 335-095-0010(T), 335-095-0030(T)

Subject: Implements fee schedule changes approved by the 2013 Legislature as part of the 2013-15 budget for the Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, already effective via temporary rules filed on June 28, 2013.

   Implements temporary licenses for specific purposes, as authorized in ORS 681.285 by the 2011 Legislature, already effective via temporary rules filed on June 28 and September 12, 2013.

   Clarifies waiver of initial professional development for SLPs to include the 12 months following completion of the supervised clinical experience, already effective via temporary rules filed on May 17, 2013.

   Clarifies that fees in 335-060-0010(1) may be charged to applicants and current licensees, already effective via temporary rules filed on May 17, 2013.

   Removes rule requiring Board to charge a delinquent fee for late submission of requests for special approval of professional development, already effective via temporary rules filed on May 17, 2013.

   Adds failure to report all required hours of speech-language pathology assistant supervision upon audit as a justification for Board to issue delinquent fee, already effective via temporary rules filed on May 17, 2013.

   Clarifies certain definitions of accepted professional development activities, already effective via temporary rules filed on May 17, 2013.

   Reinstates pro-rating of professional development hours required for initial license renewal, already effective via temporary rules filed on May 17, 2013.

   Revises and clarifies clinical fieldwork requirements for certification as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA), already effective via temporary rules filed September 12, 2013.

   Slight revisions were made to proposed wording of 335-060-0005(3)(b), 335-070-0020(5)(f), 335-070-0010(2), 335-085-0010(2), 335-095-0010(3), and 335-095-0030(3)(b) at the Board’s November 8, 2013 meeting. These further define when temporary licenses will be issued based on a registrar’s letter; define acceptable providers of CPR training; and allow speech and hearing screenings to count as clinical interaction for SLPAs.

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

335-060-0005

Definitions

(1) An Inactive License or Certificate may be obtained by those otherwise qualified individuals who meet the conditions for exemption from licensure under ORS 681.230, or do not require a license under 681.250 or a certificate under 681.360.

(2) A Conditional License is a license certificate issued by the Board to applicants who have completed degree requirements in OAR 335-060-0006, and are engaged in post-graduate supervised clinical experience until they obtain regular licensure. The examination is not required for a conditional license.

(3) Equivalent credentials for licensure are defined as follows:

(a) For regular licenses in speech-language pathology, if completing a doctoral program in which a master’s degree has not been conferred, an applicant must submit a transcript showing completion of course work equivalent to, or exceeding, a master’s degree that meets the requirements in OAR 335-060-0006. In addition to the transcript, the Board may require a letter from the academic department chair or program director documenting that the applicant has completed coursework equivalent to or exceeding a master’s degree.

(b) For applicants for conditional licenses in speech-language pathology or initial licenses in audiology, when the applicant has completed all degree requirements, but the university is not scheduled to confer the degree before employment begins, the Board will accept a letter from the university registrar, documenting that the applicant has completed all degree requirements, and has been approved to receive the degree, and issue a temporary license for up to 90 days. An official transcript showing the conferral of the degree must be submitted within 60 days of issuance of the temporary license.

(c) For applicants who completed their professional training in speech pathology or audiology outside of the United States, the Board requires a determination letter from a credential evaluation service approved by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association to determine equivalency to a master’s degree or doctoral degree issued by an accredited program.

(d) Applicants for licensure or certification educated in foreign countries must submit documentation that course work was completed in an institution of higher education that is regionally accredited or recognized by the appropriate regulatory authority for that country.

(4) For the purposes of licensing speech-language pathologists under ORS 681.260 or audiologists under 681.264, and for purposes of student placement in supervised field work under 681.230:

(a) The “accrediting organization” that approves graduate programs is the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

(b) All graduate or undergraduate coursework must be completed at an institution of higher education that is regionally accredited by one of the following:

(A) Commission of Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;

(B) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges;

(C) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;

(D) Commission on Colleges, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges;

(E) Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;

(F) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.340, 681.360, 681.420 & 681.460

Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.460

Hist.: 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 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 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 3-2013(Temp), f. 6-28-13, cert. ef. 7-1-13 thru 12-28-13; SPA 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-13

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; SPA 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 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 $75, non-refundable.

(b) Delinquent fee shall be $100.

(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) Temporary license renewal or upgrade applications postmarked later than the deadlines specified in OAR 335-085-0010.

(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.

(f) Fee for Oregon State Police to complete fingerprint-based criminal background check shall be $44.50.

(2) Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists:

(a) Biennial license fee and renewal thereof shall be $210.

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

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

(d) Temporary license fee shall be $100.

(e) Limited term license fee shall be $100.

(3) Speech-Language Pathology Assistants:

(a) Biennial certificate fee and renewal thereof shall be $[50]65.

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

(c) Temporary license fee shall be $30.

(d) Limited term license fee shall be $30.

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; SPA 3-2013(Temp), f. 6-28-13, cert. ef. 7-1-13 thru 12-28-13; SPA 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 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 or equivalent providers 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 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 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 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; SPA 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 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; SPA 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 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; SPA 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-13

335-085-0010

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, holder 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 before employment begins, 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; SPA 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-13

335-095-0010

Definitions

(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, or speech or hearing screenings.

(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; SPA 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-13

335-095-0030

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 must consist of actively participating in or leading individual, small group, or classroom therapy sessions, and may include speech or hearing screenings. 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

Stats. 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; SPA 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-13

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