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Welcome to the home page of The State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the state board that licenses and regulates Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, including Assistants in Speech-Language Pathology, Assistants in Audiology, Interns in Speech-Language Pathology, and Interns in Audiology. 

Proposed Rules Available for Public Comment

The State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (board) proposes amendments to §§741.1, 741.13, 741.61, 741.62, 741.64, 741.81, 741.84, 741.141, 741.161, 741.162, 741.164, 741.211 - 741.215; the repeal of §§741.66 and 741.86; and new §§741.66, 741.86, 741.216, and 741.231 - 741.233, concerning the regulation and licensure of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. This proposal will be published in the June 6, 2014 edition of the Texas Register.

In accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 401, this proposal updates the board's rules to reflect current operational procedures in processing and approving licensure applications and provides clarification of the rules' intent for license holders and the public. The amendments and addition to Subchapter O, amendments to §§741.61, 741.66 and 741.86; the proposed new §741.81(f); and new Subchapter P, are all necessary to comply with Senate Bill (SB) 312, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, an Act which amends and adds new provisions to Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 401, regarding the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology.

SB 312 authorizes the board to adopt rules for the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology using telecommunications technology. In implementing this provision, the board has modified existing Subchapter O so that the definitions in §741.211 apply to both audiologists and speech-language pathologists; §§741.212 through 741.215 apply only to speech-language pathologists; and §741.216 sets forth the requirements applicable only to audiologists engaging in telepractice.

Subchapter P reflects the implementation of another provision in SB 312, one which requires the board and the State Committee of Examiners in the Fitting and Dispensing of Hearing Instruments (committee) to adopt joint rules to provide for the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments by telepractice. Another section of SB 312, together with SB 162 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013), sets forth the terms under which the board is required to issue, as soon as practicable, a full professional license to a qualified military spouse,§§741.66 and 741.86. Finally, SB 312 also removes a six-hour course requirement for licensure ,§741.61, and provides for the renewal of certain lapsed audiology licenses issued between September 1, 2007 and 2011, to audiologists holding master’s degrees, §741.81(f).

The proposed rule changes to the following sections of Chapter 741 clarify, correct, or update various rules to improve understanding and better reflect the licensing processes and procedures currently in place: §§741.1, 741.13, 741.62, 741.64, 741.84, 741.141, 741.161, 741.162, and 741.164.

Starting June 7, 2014, comments on the proposal may be submitted to Stewart Myrick, Interim Executive Director, State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Mail Code 1982, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347. Comments may also be sent through email to speech@dshs.state.tx.us. Please write “Comments on Proposed Rules” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted until July 7, 2014.

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