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148.515 Qualifications for registration.

Subdivision 1. Applicability. Except as provided in section 148.516 or 148.517, an applicant must meet the requirements in this section.

Subd. 2. Master's or doctoral degree required. (a) An applicant must possess a master's or doctoral degree that meets the requirements of paragraphs (b) to (h).

(b) All of the applicant's graduate coursework and clinical practicum required in the professional area for which registration is sought must have been initiated and completed at an institution whose program was accredited by the educational standards board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in the area for which registration is sought.

(c) The master's degree training must include a minimum of 112.5 quarter credits or 75 semester credits or their equivalent of academic coursework that includes basic science coursework and professional coursework.

(d) Applicants for registration in either speech-language pathology or audiology must complete 40.5 quarter credits of the 112.5 quarter credits or 27 of the 75 semester credits or their equivalent in basic science coursework, distributed as follows:

(1) nine quarter credits or six semester credits or their equivalent must be in biological or physical sciences and mathematics;

(2) nine quarter credits or six semester credits or their equivalent must be in behavioral or social sciences, including normal aspects of human behavior and communication; and

(3) 22.5 quarter credits or 15 semester credits or their equivalent must be in basic human communication processes and must include coursework in each of the following three areas of speech, language, and hearing:

(i) the anatomic and physiologic bases;

(ii) the physical and psychophysical bases; and

(iii) the linguistic and psycholinguistic aspects.

(e) All applicants for registration must complete 54 quarter credits of the 112.5 quarter credits or 36 semester credits of the 75 semester credits or their equivalent in professional coursework. The coursework must include the nature, prevention, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders. The coursework must encompass courses in speech, language, and hearing that concern disorders primarily affecting children as well as disorders primarily affecting adults. A minimum of 45 of the 54 quarter credits or 30 of the 36 semester credits or their equivalent must be courses for which graduate credit was received. A minimum of 31.5 of the 45 quarter credits or 21 of the 30 semester credits must be in the professional area for which registration is sought.

(f) Applicants seeking registration as speech-language pathologists must complete the following professional coursework:

(1) 45 quarter credits of the 54 quarter credits of the professional coursework or 30 semester credits of the 36 semester credits of the professional coursework or their equivalent must be in courses pertaining to speech-language pathology and nine quarter credits of the 54 quarter credits or six semester credits of the 36 semester credits or their equivalent in courses in the area of audiology; and

(2) the 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits or their equivalent pertaining to speech-language pathology must include at least nine quarter credits or six semester credits or their equivalent in speech disorders and nine quarter credits or six semester credits or their equivalent in language disorders. The nine quarter credits or six semester credits or their equivalent in the area of audiology must include at least 4.5 quarter credits or three semester credits or their equivalent in hearing disorders and hearing evaluation and 4.5 quarter credits or three semester credits or their equivalent in habilitative and rehabilitative procedures.

(g) Applicants seeking registration as an audiologist must complete professional coursework as follows:

(1) 45 quarter credits of the 54 quarter credits or 30 semester credits of the 36 semester credits or their equivalent of coursework must be in audiology. At least nine quarter credits of the 45 quarter credits or six semester credits of the 30 semester credits in audiology must be in hearing disorders and hearing evaluation and at least nine quarter credits or six semester credits or their equivalent must be in habilitative or rehabilitative procedures with individuals who have hearing impairment; and

(2) nine quarter credits of the 54 quarter credits or six semester credits of the 36 semester credits or their equivalent in the area of speech-language pathology. At least 4.5 quarter credits of the nine quarter credits or three semester credits of the six semester credits must be in speech disorders and at least 4.5 quarter credits of the nine quarter credits or three semester credits of the six semester credits must be in language disorders. This coursework in speech-language pathology must concern the nature, prevention, evaluation, and treatment of speech and language disorders not associated with hearing impairment.

(h) Of the professional coursework required in paragraphs (f) and (g), no more than nine quarter credits or six semester credits or their equivalent associated with clinical training may be counted toward the minimum of 54 quarter credits or 36 semester credits or their equivalent of professional coursework. However, those hours may not be used to satisfy the minimum of nine quarter credits or six semester credit hours in hearing disorders or evaluation, nine quarter credits or six semester credits in habilitative or rehabilitative procedures, or nine quarter credits or six semester credits in speech-language pathology.

Subd. 3. Supervised clinical training required. (a) An applicant must complete at least 375 hours of supervised clinical training as a student that meets the requirements of paragraphs (b) to (f).

(b) The supervised clinical training must be provided by the educational institution or by one of its cooperating programs.

(c) The first 25 hours of the supervised clinical training must be spent in clinical observation. Those 25 hours must concern the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with disorders of speech, language, or hearing.

(d) All applicants must complete at least 350 hours of supervised clinical training that concern the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with disorders of speech, language, and hearing. At least 250 of the 350 hours must be at the graduate level in the area in which registration is sought. At least 50 hours must be spent in each of three types of clinical settings including, but not limited to, university clinics, hospitals, private clinics, and schools, including secondary and elementary.

(e) An applicant seeking registration as a speech-language pathologist must:

(1) obtain 250 of the 350 supervised hours in speech-language pathology;

(2) complete a minimum of 20 hours of the 250 hours in each of the following eight categories:

(i) evaluation: speech disorders in children;

(ii) evaluation: speech disorders in adults;

(iii) evaluation: language disorders in children;

(iv) evaluation: language disorders in adults;

(v) treatment: speech disorders in children;

(vi) treatment: speech disorders in adults;

(vii) treatment: language disorders in children; and

(viii) treatment: language disorders in adults;

(3) complete a minimum of 35 hours in audiology including:

(i) 15 hours in the evaluation or screening of individuals with hearing disorders; and

(ii) 15 hours in habilitation or rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairment; and

(4) obtain no more than 20 hours in the major professional area that are in related disorders.

(f) An applicant seeking registration as an audiologist must:

(1) obtain 250 of the 350 hours in audiology;

(2) complete a minimum of 40 hours in each of the following four categories:

(i) evaluation: hearing in children;

(ii) evaluation: hearing in adults;

(iii) selection and use: amplification and assistive devices for children; and

(iv) selection and use: amplification and assistive devices for adults;

(3) complete a minimum of 20 hours in the category of the treatment of hearing disorders in children and adults;

(4) complete a minimum of 35 hours of the 350 hours in speech-language pathology unrelated to hearing impairment as follows:

(i) 15 hours in evaluation or screening; and

(ii) 15 hours in treatment; and

(5) obtain no more than 20 hours in the major professional area that are in related disorders.

Subd. 4. Supervised postgraduate clinical experience required. (a) An applicant must complete no less than nine months or its equivalent of full-time supervised postgraduate clinical experience according to paragraphs (b) to (h).

(b) Supervision in the postgraduate clinical experience includes both on-site observation and other monitoring activities. On-site observation must involve the supervisor, the supervisee, and the client receiving speech-language pathology or audiology services. On-site observation must include direct observation by the supervisor of treatment given by the supervisee. Other monitoring activities may be executed by correspondence and include, but are not limited to, conferences with the supervisee, evaluation of written reports, and evaluations by professional colleagues. Other monitoring activities do not include the client receiving speech-language pathology or audiology services but must involve direct or indirect evaluative contact by the supervisor of the supervisee.

(c) The applicant must, as part of the postgraduate clinical experience, be supervised by an individual who meets the definition of section 148.512, subdivision 20, and:

(1) when registration as a speech-language pathologist is sought, is a registered speech-language pathologist or hold a current certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; and

(2) when registration as an audiologist is sought, is a registered audiologist or hold a current certificate of clinical competence in audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

(d) The applicant may not begin the postgraduate clinical experience until the applicant has completed the academic coursework and clinical training in subdivisions 2 and 3.

(e) To be considered full time, at least 30 hours per week must be spent over a nine-month period in clinical work. Equivalent time periods may include part-time professional employment as follows:

(1) 12 months of at least 25 hours per week;

(2) 15 months of at least 20 hours per week; or

(3) 18 months of at least 15 hours per week.

(f) The applicant's postgraduate clinical experience must include direct clinical experience with patients, consultations, report writing, recordkeeping, or other duties relevant to clinical work. A minimum of 80 percent of the clinical experience must be in direct contact with persons who have communication handicaps. If the applicant uses part-time employment to fulfill the postgraduate clinical experience requirement, all of the minimum required hours of the part-time work week requirement must be spent in direct professional experience.

(g) The applicant must complete the postgraduate clinical experience within a maximum of 36 consecutive months and must be supervised in no less than 36 activities, including 18 one-hour on-site observations. A maximum of six hours can be accrued in one day. A minimum of six one-hour on-site observations must be accrued during each one-third of the experience.

(h) The applicant must complete 18 other monitored activities and complete at least one monitored activity each month of the postgraduate clinical experience. Alternatives to on-site observation and monitoring activities include activities supervised by correspondence, evaluation of written reports, and evaluations by professional colleagues.

Subd. 5. Qualifying examination score required. (a) An applicant must achieve a qualifying score on the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology (NESPA), administered by NTE Programs, Educational Testing Service.

(b) The commissioner shall determine the qualifying scores for both the speech-language pathology and audiology examinations based on guidelines provided by the advisory council or the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

(c) The applicant is responsible for:

(1) making arrangements to take the examination described in this subdivision;

(2) bearing all expenses associated with taking the examination;

(3) having the examination scores sent directly to the commissioner from the Educational Testing Service; and

(4) including a copy of the scores along with the original registration application.

(d) The applicant must receive a qualifying score on the examination within three years after the applicant applies for registration under section 148.519. If the applicant does not receive a qualifying score on the examination within three years after the applicant applies for registration, the applicant may apply to the commissioner in writing for consideration to submit a new application for registration under section 148.519.

HIST: 1996 c 363 s 5; 1998 c 317 s 2