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BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY

 

DIVISION 60

LICENSING

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

335-060-0007

Licensure of Audiologists

(1) “Degree requirements” under ORS 681.264(2):

(a) For those applicants completing their graduate program after 1993 but prior to August 1, 2007 are those outlined in the 1993 Certification Standards for Audiologists as promulgated by the Council For Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

(A) Completion of at least 75 graduate credits in audiology;

(B) A clinical practicum of 350 clock hours of direct patient care, of which 250 must be at the graduate level. Supervision must be provided by an audiologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or certification from the American Board of Audiology.

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

(b) For those applicants completing their graduate program after August 1, 2007 are those outlined in the 2007 Certification Standards for Audiologists as promulgated by the Council For Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

(A) Completion of coursework required by an accredited program granting the clinical doctorate degree in audiology;

(B) Includes supervised clinical experience of not less than 1,820 hours (52 weeks at 35 hours per week).

(2) “Supervised clinical experience” under ORS 681.264(3) means:

(a) For those applicants completing their graduate program after 1993 but prior to August 1, 2007 a program of clinical work that is:

(A) Begun after completing all graduate degree requirements;

(B) Supervised by an audiologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or certification from the American Board of Audiology;

(C) A minimum of 35 hours per week for 52 weeks of practice, or its equivalent, for a total of not less than 1,820 hours;

(D) A minimum of 50% 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.

(b) For those applicants completing their graduate program after August 1, 2007 a program of clinical work that is:

(A) Incorporated into an accredited graduate program awarding a clinical doctorate (Au.D.) degree in audiology;

(B) Supervised by an audiologist who holds a valid state license to practice audiology;

(C) A minimum of 1,820 hours.

(3) “Examinations” under ORS 681.264(4) means the Praxis Examination in Audiology 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 program 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 audiologists completing their graduate program before 1993, “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 & 681.264
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 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 3-7-14

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

335-060-0020

Application; Abandonment of Application

(1) Application for licensure shall be made to the board on the application form prescribed by the Board and shall be accompanied by the application fee payable with a certified check, postal money order, personal check, or electronic payment if available payable to the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology or another bank-recognized name for this Board. This application fee is to cover the costs of administration and shall in no case be refundable.

(2) It is the applicant’s responsibility to inquire as to the status of their application to the Board. Failure to complete all forms and provide all information required shall be just cause for the application to be rejected by the board.

(3) If all application materials are not received within 6 months of the receipt of the application form, the application shall be considered abandoned and a new application, including the application payment, must be submitted before licensure may be granted.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.340, 681.420 & 681.460
Stat. Implemented: ORS 681.270
Hist.: SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA 1-2009, f. 6-9-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09

335-060-0030

Biennial Licensure and Renewal

(1) All regular and inactive status speech-language pathologists, audiologists and speech-language pathology assistants shall renew their licenses on a biennial basis, by December 31st of each odd-numbered year.

(2) The Board shall provide the licensee a license renewal notice sent to the address on file with the Board, which will include the following:

(a) The expiration date of the license;

(b) The amount of the renewal fee due; and

(c) The number of professional development hours required for renewal.

(d) For Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, the license renewal notice will include the requirement for the Assistant to report their current supervising Speech-Language Pathologist.

(3) All applications for license renewal must be postmarked or submitted electronically by December 31st of each odd-numbered year, and each licensee must submit:

(a) The renewal application completed in full; and

(b) Payment of the non-refundable fee for license renewal.

(4) Licensees whose renewal forms are postmarked or submitted electronically after December 31st of each odd-numbered year will be charged a delinquency fee. The board may renew each expired regular or inactive status license upon payment of the biennial renewal fee and the delinquency fee.

(5) A license is not considered renewed until the licensee has complied in full with items 3 and 4 above and a new license certificate with a current expiration date has been issued by the Board.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.340, 681.420 & 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.320(1)
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 1-2011, f. 1-28-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11

335-060-0050

License Certificate

A licensee shall not make any alteration on official documents issued by the board.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.420 & ORS 681.460
Stats. Implemented: ORS 681.250
Hist.: SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01

335-060-0060

Use of Social Security Numbers as Identifiers

(1) Applicants for licensure are required to provide Social Security Numbers as required by ORS 215.785, 305.385, 42 USC §405(c)(2)(i), and 42 USC § 666(a)(13) for child support enforcement purposes and Department of Revenue purposes. If an applicant indicates voluntary consent to disclosure of their Social Security number on the application for licensure, the Social Security number will be provided to the Oregon Student Assistance Commission.

(2) The Board will not issue or renew a license or certificate unless an applicant provides his or her SSN on the application or renewal form. The applicant need not provide the SSN on the application for renewal, if the applicant's SSN has previously been provided to the Board and is in the record.

(3) If an applicant has not been issued a social security number by the United States Social Security Administration, the Board will accept a written statement from the applicant to fulfill the requirements of section (2). Any written statement must:

(a) Be signed by the applicant

(b) Attest to the fact that no social security number has been issued to the applicant by the US Social Security Administration

(c) Acknowledge that knowingly supplying false information under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $6250.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 681.420(5)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 215.785, 305.385, 42 USC § 405(c)(2)(i) & 42 USC§ 666(a)(13)
Hist.: SPA 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-01; SPA 1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 9-13-05

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