§ 45.304. Minimum education, experience and training requirements.

 (a)  Prior to the use of an assistant, the licensee shall obtain from the assistant evidence of one of the following:

   (1)  The assistant has completed 30 semester hours or the equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education in the area of speech-language pathology and audiology as outlined in the requirements as specified (nonaudited) for a certificate of clinical competence from the Council for Clinical Certification of the ASHA.

   (2)  The assistant has practiced as an assistant in the area of speech-language pathology and audiology since at least June 8, 1989, under the supervision of an audiologist or speech-language pathologist licensed in this Commonwealth.

   (3)  The assistant has practiced as an assistant in the area of speech-language pathology and audiology since at least June 8, 1989, under the supervision of an audiologist or speech-language pathologist licensed in another state or the District of Columbia which has requirements for assistants substantially equivalent to the provisions of this subchapter.

 (b)  Prior to assigning a duty to an assistant, a licensee shall perform a task analysis of the expected duties of each assistant the licensee supervises, and shall then train the assistant, with an emphasis on competency-based skill acquisition, in accordance with this analysis. Training may be provided through formal coursework, workshops or directly supervised observation or practicum; training shall encompass all areas of activities which the assistant will perform. An assistant trained in one area (audiology or speech-language pathology) may not perform duties in another area unless training in that area has been given. An assistant is not permitted to perform a duty for which, in the opinion of the licensed supervisor, the assistant is neither trained nor qualified. A minimum of 20 hours of practical training for each duty is required.

 (c)  A licensee shall familiarize an assistant with the standards of practice and conduct and the application of these ethics to each assistant’s activities, codified in Subchapter C (relating to standards of practice and conduct).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  45.304 amended under sections 5(2) and (7), 7(d)(1), 8(a) and 8.1 of the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Licensure Act (63 P.S. § §  1705(2) and (7), 1707(d)(1), 1708(a) and 1708.1); and section 810(a)(3) and (7) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  279.1(a)(3) and (7)).

Source

   The provisions of this §  45.304 amended July 14, 2017, effective July 15, 2017, 47 Pa.B. 3814. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (375025) to (375026).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  45.302 (relating to required filing); and 49 Pa. Code §  45.306 (relating to supervision and responsibility).



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