§ 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 assistants activities, codified in Subchapter C (relating to standards of practice and conduct).
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)).
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).
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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