Proposed Rules Available for Public Comment
The State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology is proposing changes to its current rules. The proposed changes include joint rules with the State Committee of Examiners in the Fitting & Dispensing of Hearing Instruments regarding the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments by telepractice.
The proposed changes are being published in the August 22, 2014 edition of the Texas Register. Comments and recommendations may be submitted to:
Stewart Myrick, Interim Executive Director
State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Mail Code 1982, P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
You may also submit your comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing comments, please indicate “Comments on Proposed Rules” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted until September 22, 2014.
The proposed rules are available for download here. You may download a copy of the current rules by clicking the “Rules/Regulations” link in the box to the right. Please check this website for updates to this process.
Select the links below to view or print the Proposed Rules
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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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