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First Substitute H.B. 396

Representative Don L. Ipson proposes the following substitute bill:


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SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY

             2     
LICENSING ACT AMENDMENTS

             3     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Don L. Ipson

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions of Title 58, Chapter 41, Speech-language Pathology and
             11      Audiology Licensing Act, related to licensing requirements and temporary licenses.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    clarifies and modifies licensing requirements for speech-language pathologists and
             15      audiologists;
             16          .    provides for the issuance of temporary licenses to individuals who have completed
             17      licensing requirements for an audiologist or speech-language pathologist, except for
             18      the clinical fellowship year;
             19          .    provides a grandfathering provision; and
             20          .    makes certain technical changes.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             26      AMENDS:
             27          58-41-5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 183
             28      ENACTS:
             29          58-41-5.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30      REPEALS:
             31          58-41-7, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1989, Chapter 207
             32     
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 58-41-5 is amended to read:
             35           58-41-5. Licensure requirements.
             36          (1) To obtain and maintain a license as [a speech-language pathologist or] an
             37      audiologist beginning July 1, 2010, [the] an applicant must:
             38          [(1)] (a) submit a completed application in the form and content prescribed by the
             39      division and pay a fee to the department in accordance with Section 63J-1-504 ;
             40          [(2)] (b) be of good moral character;
             41          [(3)] (c) provide the committee with verification[: (a) from the educational institutions
             42      involved,] that the applicant is the legal holder of a clinical doctor's [or master's] degree, AuD,
             43      [or its equivalent in the area of speech-language pathology, speech science, or] in audiology,
             44      from an accredited university or college, based on a program of studies primarily in the field of
             45      [speech-language pathology, speech sciences, or] audiology; [and]
             46          [(b) that the applicant has had training and experience in treating and managing the
             47      major communication disabilities identified in speech-language pathology or audiology;]
             48          [(4)] (d) be in compliance with the regulations of conduct and codes of ethics for the
             49      profession of [speech-language pathology and] audiology;
             50          [(5)] (e) submit to the board certified evidence of having completed at least one year of
             51      professional experience [(], at least 30 hours per week for an academic year[)], of direct clinical
             52      experience in treatment and management of patients[. That treatment and management shall
             53      be], supervised and attested to by one holding [a] an audiologist license under this chapter, the
             54      CCC, or their full equivalent; and
             55          [(6) submit transcripts to the board from the educational institutions involved,
             56      indicating a doctor's or master's degree from an accredited program or satisfactory completion


             57      of at least 90 quarter hours in speech or hearing disorders, of which at least 50 shall be for
             58      graduate level credit. No less than nine and no more than 12 quarter hours shall be in basic and
             59      clinical audiology for persons applying for the license in speech-language pathology. No less
             60      than nine and no more than 12 quarter hours shall be in basic and functional speech-language
             61      pathology for persons applying for a license in audiology. No more than three-quarter hours
             62      shall be in thesis or student research; and]
             63          [(7)] (f) pass a nationally standardized examination in [speech-language pathology or]
             64      audiology which is the same as or equivalent to the examination required for the CCC and with
             65      pass-fail criteria equivalent to current ASHA standards[. The], and the board may[, in its
             66      discretion,] require [an] the applicant to pass an acceptable practical demonstration of clinical
             67      skills to an examining committee of licensed [speech-language pathologists] audiologists
             68      appointed by the board.
             69          (2) To obtain and maintain a license as an audiologist prior to July 1, 2010, an
             70      applicant shall:
             71          (a) comply with Subsections (1)(a), (b), (d), (e), and (f); and
             72          (b) provide the committee with verification that the applicant has received at least a
             73      master's degree in the area of audiology from an accredited university or college, based on a
             74      program of studies primarily in the field of audiology.
             75          (3) An individual who, prior to July 1, 2010, is licensed as an audiologist under this
             76      chapter is, on or after July 1, 2010, considered to hold a current license under this chapter as an
             77      audiologist and is subject to this chapter.
             78          (4) To obtain and maintain a license as a speech-language pathologist, an applicant
             79      must:
             80          (a) comply with Subsections (1)(a) and (b);
             81          (b) provide the committee with verification that the applicant has received at least a
             82      master's degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited university or college, based
             83      on a program of studies primarily in the field of speech-language pathology;
             84          (c) be in compliance with the regulations of conduct and code of ethics for the
             85      profession of speech-language pathology;
             86          (d) comply with Subsection (1)(e), except that the supervision and attestation
             87      requirement shall be from a licensed speech-language pathologist rather than a licensed


             88      audiologist; and
             89          (e) pass a nationally standardized examination in speech-language pathology which is
             90      the same as or equivalent to the examination required for the CCC and with pass-fail criteria
             91      equivalent to current ASHA standards, and the board may require the applicant to pass an
             92      acceptable practical demonstration of clinical skills to an examining committee of licensed
             93      speech-language pathologists appointed by the board.
             94          Section 2. Section 58-41-5.5 is enacted to read:
             95          58-41-5.5. Temporary licenses.
             96          (1) (a) The division may issue a temporary license to an applicant for an audiology
             97      license who:
             98          (i) has obtained a master's or doctorate degree in audiology prior to July 1, 2010, or a
             99      clinical doctorate degree in audiology, AuD, after June 30, 2010; and
             100          (ii) is practicing audiology in a year of clinical fellowship.
             101          (b) The temporary license is valid for up to 12 months.
             102          (2) (a) The division may issue a temporary license to an applicant for a
             103      speech-language pathology license who:
             104          (i) has completed all requirements for licensure as a speech-language pathologist under
             105      this chapter, except for Subsection (4)(d); and
             106          (ii) is practicing speech-language pathology in a year of clinical fellowship.
             107          (b) The temporary license is valid for up to 12 months.
             108          Section 3. Repealer.
             109          This bill repeals:
             110          Section 58-41-7, Waiver of specified licensure requirements -- Conditions.


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