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148.512 Definitions.

Subdivision 1. Scope. For the purpose of sections 148.511 to 148.5196, the following terms have the meanings given to them.

Subd. 2. Accredited educational institution. "Accredited educational institution" means a university, college, or other post-secondary educational institution that offers speech-language pathology or audiology training and that is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Subd. 3. Advisory council. "Advisory council" means the Minnesota Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Advisory Council established under section 214.13, subdivision 4.

Subd. 4. Applicant. "Applicant" means a person who applies to the commissioner for registration or registration renewal.

Subd. 5. Approved continuing education sponsor. "Approved continuing education sponsor" means an organization that offers a learning experience designed to promote continuing competency in the procedures and techniques of the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology and that meets the criteria in section 148.5193, subdivision 3, or is a preapproved sponsor listed in section 148.5193, subdivision 2.

Subd. 6. Audiologist. "Audiologist" means a natural person who engages in the practice of audiology, meets the qualifications required by sections 148.511 to 148.5196, and registers as an audiologist with the commissioner. Audiologist also means a natural person using any descriptive word with the title audiologist.

Subd. 7. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of health or a designee.

Subd. 8. Contact hour. "Contact hour" means an instructional session of 50 consecutive minutes, excluding coffee breaks, registration, meals without a speaker, and social activities.

Subd. 9. Continuing education. "Continuing education" is a planned learning experience in speech-language pathology or audiology not including the basic educational program leading to a degree if the education is used by the registrant for credit to achieve a baccalaureate or master's degree in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Subd. 10. Credential. "Credential" means a license, permit, certification, registration, or other evidence of qualification or authorization to engage in the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology issued by any authority.

Subd. 11. Individual. "Individual" means a person over whom the commissioner has jurisdiction under sections 148.511 to 148.5196. Individual includes an applicant, registrant, or person who uses any title protected under section 148.513, whether or not authorized to do so under sections 148.511 to 148.5196.

Subd. 12. Practice of audiology. The "practice of audiology" means:

(1) screening, identification, assessment, and interpretation, diagnosis, rehabilitation, and prevention of hearing disorders;

(2) conservation of the auditory system function; development and implementation of hearing conservation programs;

(3) measurement, assessment, and interpretation of auditory and vestibular function;

(4) selecting, fitting, and dispensing of assistive listening devices, alerting and amplification devices, and systems for personal and public use, including hearing aids and devices, and providing training in their use;

(5) aural habilitation and rehabilitation and related counseling for hearing impaired individuals and their families;

(6) screening of speech, language, voice, or fluency for the purposes of audiologic evaluation or identification of possible communication disorders; or

(7) teaching of, consultation or research about, or supervision of the functions in clauses (1) to (6).

Subd. 13. Practice of speech-language pathology. The "practice of speech-language pathology" means:

(1) screening, identification, assessment and interpretation, diagnosis, habilitation, rehabilitation, treatment and prevention of disorders of speech, articulation, fluency, voice, and language;

(2) screening, identification, assessment, and interpretation, diagnosis, habilitation, and rehabilitation of disorders of oral-pharyngeal function and related disorders;

(3) screening, identification, assessment, and interpretation, diagnosis, habilitation, and rehabilitation of communication disorders associated with cognition;

(4) assessing, selecting, and developing augmentative and alternative communication systems and providing training in their use;

(5) aural habilitation and rehabilitation and related counseling for hearing impaired individuals and their families;

(6) enhancing speech-language proficiency and communication effectiveness;

(7) audiometric screening for the purposes of speech-language evaluation or for the identification of possible hearing disorders; or

(8) teaching of, consultation or research about, or supervision of the functions in clauses (1) to (7).

Subd. 14. Register or registered. "Register" or "registered" means the act or status of a natural person who meets the requirements of sections 148.511 to 148.5196 and who is authorized by the commissioner to use the titles in section 148.513.

Subd. 15. Registrant. "Registrant" means a person who meets the requirements of sections 148.511 to 148.5196 and is authorized by the commissioner to use the titles in section 148.513.

Subd. 16. Registration. "Registration" is the system of regulation defined in section 214.001, subdivision 3, paragraph (c), and is the process specified in sections 148.511 to 148.5196.

Subd. 17. Speech-language pathologist. "Speech-language pathologist" means a person who practices speech-language pathology, meets the qualifications under sections 148.511 to 148.5196, and registers with the commissioner. Speech-language pathologist also means a natural person using, as an occupational title, a term identified in section 148.513.

Subd. 18. Supervisee. "Supervisee" means an individual who, under the direction or evaluation of a supervisor, is:

(1) engaging in the supervised practice of speech-language pathology or audiology;

(2) performing a function of supervised clinical training as a student of speech-language pathology or audiology; or

(3) performing a function of supervised postgraduate clinical experience in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Subd. 19. Supervision. "Supervision" means the direct or indirect evaluation or direction of:

(1) a practitioner of speech-language pathology or audiology;

(2) a person performing a function of supervised clinical training as a student of speech-language pathology or audiology; or

(3) a person performing a function of supervised postgraduate clinical experience in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Subd. 20. Supervisor. "Supervisor" means a person who has the authority to direct or evaluate a supervisee and who is:

(1) a registered speech-language pathologist or audiologist; or

(2) when the commissioner determines that supervision by a registered speech-language pathologist or audiologist as required in clause (1) is unobtainable, and in other situations considered appropriate by the commissioner, a person practicing speech-language pathology or audiology who holds a current certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

HIST: 1996 c 363 s 2