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§ 1707. Requirements for licensure

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed)Effective: September 2, 2014

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed) (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 31. Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Licensure Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: September 2, 2014
63 P.S. § 1707
§ 1707. Requirements for licensure
(a) In general.--Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c), to be eligible for licensure by the board as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, an applicant shall pay a fee as established by the board in accordance with section 8(a),1 be of good moral character to the satisfaction of the board, pass an examination and:
(1) For the license in speech-language pathology, possess a master's degree in speech-language pathology from an academic program accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the board under standards pursuant to this act. In addition, the applicant must have at least nine months of supervised professional experience in the field of speech-language pathology.
(2) For the license in audiology, possess a master's degree or doctoral degree in audiology from an academic program accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the board and the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation under standards pursuant to this act. Master's degree applicants must have at least nine months of supervised professional experience in the field of audiology. Beginning January 1, 2015, all new applicants must possess a doctoral degree in audiology as determined by the board.
(b) Waivers.--The board may waive the examination and educational requirements for any of the following:
(1) Applicants who present proof of a currently valid license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in a state which has standards determined by the board to be at least equal to those for licensure in this Commonwealth.
(2) Applicants who hold a currently valid and appropriate Certificate of Clinical Competence from the Council for Clinical Certification of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or certification from a national credentialing organization that is recognized by the board from standards pursuant to this act. Notice of standards shall be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
(c) Requirements for current practitioners.--The board shall waive the examination and educational requirements for any applicant who, on the effective date of this act:
(1) has at least a bachelor's degree with a major in speech-language pathology or a master's degree in audiology from an accredited college or university, and who has been employed as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist for at least nine consecutive months within three years prior to the effective date of this act; and
(2) files an application with the board providing bona fide proof of the degree and employment together with the application fee prescribed in section 8.
(d) Provisional licenses.--
(1) The board may, in accordance with the provisions of this section, issue a provisional license in speech-language pathology or audiology to applicants who have met all of the requirements for licensure under this act except for the completion of the clinical fellowship necessary to receive either the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the Council for Clinical Certification of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or certification from another national credentialing organization as recognized by the board pursuant to subsection (b)(2). In order to receive the license, the applicant must submit an application for the provisional license to the board on a form prescribed by the board. The form must indicate the applicant's plans for completing the clinical fellowship and must be accompanied by an application fee determined by the board. A provisional license issued under this section shall be valid for a maximum of 18 months and may be renewed one time. The purpose of the provisional license is solely to allow individuals to practice speech-language pathology or audiology under appropriate supervision while completing the postgraduate professional experience required for certification under subsection (b)(2). A person holding a provisional license is authorized to practice speech-language pathology or audiology only while working under the supervision of a person fully licensed in this Commonwealth in accordance with this act.
(2) Any person who is qualified by education, training and clinical experience by completing all educational requirements, including the externship of an Au.D. Program may hold a provisional license, provided that the provisional license shall only be valid for six months from the time of application for the permanent license.
(3) A person holding a valid license in another state to practice speech-language pathology or audiology and who has applied for a license in this Commonwealth under the provisions of this act may practice speech-language pathology or audiology while working under the supervision of a person fully licensed in this Commonwealth for not more than 90 days while awaiting approval of the license application.

Credits

1984, Dec. 21, P.L. 1253, No. 238, § 7, effective in 60 days. Amended 2014, July 2, P.L. 971, No. 106, § 3, effective in 60 days [Sept. 2, 2014].

Footnotes

63 P.S. § 1708.
63 P.S. § 1707, PA ST 63 P.S. § 1707
Current through Act 4 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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