State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology What's New-For The Program

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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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Jurisprudence Exam Effective and will be available online starting January 1, 2010.

The Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology amended the rules to require the Texas Jurisprudence Exam for all new applicants and renewals during the next two calendar years. The rule reads as follows:

§741.122 Jurisprudence Examination

(d) After December 31, 2009, all applicants for licensure must submit proof of successful completion of the jurisprudence examination at the time of application. The jurisprudence examination must be completed no more than six months prior to the date of licensure application.

§741.161 Renewal Process

(u) For all licenses renewing after December 31, 2009, the jurisprudence examination must be completed in order to renew the license. Licensees shall be required to complete the jurisprudence examination for only one renewal period.

(v) Proof of successfully completing the jurisprudence examination must be submitted to the board at the time of renewal.

 

§741.162 Requirements for Continuing Professional Education

(n) Completion of the jurisprudence examination shall count as one hour of the continuing education requirement for professional ethics, as referenced in subsection (c) of this section per renewal period.

The Texas Jurisprudence Exam for licensed speech-language pathologists, assistants in speech-language pathologist, audiologists, or assistants in audiology is an on-line training exercise focused on state law and board rules that relate to the regulation of speech-language pathology and audiology. There are two different training exercises, one for speech-language pathology and one for audiology. Please select the appropriate exercise for your profession. Questions are in multiple choice or true/false format, and links to the applicable law and rules are provided. This is a “no-fail” training exercise that we believe you will find to be of value.

2 CLOCK HOURS - ETHICS CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

§741.162(c) Twenty clock hours (two CEUs) shall be required to renew a license issued for a two-year term. The holder of dual licenses, meaning both a speech-language pathology license and an audiology license, shall be required to earn 30 clock hours (three CEUs) to renew a license issued for a two-year term. Effective for renewals in May 2009 and after, a licensee must have had a minimum of two clock hours in ethics per renewal period.

Extension of the Two Hour Ethics Requirement – at the February 27th board meeting the board members voted to extend the grace period for the ethics CEU requirement through December 31, 2009. Licensees who renew between May 2009 and December 2009 will have until December 31, 2009 to acquire the two clock hours in ethics for the previous renewal period, if they have not done so by the month of their renewal. These clock hours in ethics earned during the grace period will not count toward the ethics requirement for their next renewal in 2011.

Live Online Search Verification!
Now available is a live online search verification. You can also print a verification on any licensee. On the left hand side menu, select the link "Find a Licensee", then select the drop down box "Live Online Search Verification". This will bring you to the search verification homepage.

Select the link below to download or print a copy of the Speech Board Rules, 22 TAC Code Chapter 741

Speech Rules, 22 TAC Chapter 741

Exception Request to Supervise Forms - Link to the new Supervision Forms

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Last updated June 05, 2014
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