201 KAR 17:034. Requirements for licensure as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/201/017/034.htm
Published: 2015

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      201 KAR 17:034. Requirements for

licensure as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.



TO: KRS 334A.030, 334A.033


AUTHORITY: KRS 334A.033, 334A.080(3)


FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 334A.080(3) requires the Board of Speech-Language

Pathology and Audiology to promulgate responsible administrative regulations, including

administrative regulations which delineate qualifications for licensure and

renewal of licensure. KRS 334A.033 requires the board to promulgate

administrative regulations to set forth requirements for supervision, education

and postgraduate professional experience for speech-language pathology

assistants. This administrative regulation establishes criteria for licensure

for speech-language pathology assistants.



1. Education and Experience. Each applicant for licensure as a speech-language

pathology assistant in Kentucky shall meet the requirements established by this

section. (1) In order to receive a license to become a speech-language

pathology assistant, the applicant shall possess a bachelor’s degree in

speech-language pathology or communication disorders, or possess equivalent education,

as described in subsection (2) of this section, from a regionally accredited

institution, such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


An applicant shall have equivalent education if the applicant has obtained a

bachelor’s degree and a minimum of twenty-seven (27) hours in the core areas of

communication sciences or disorders including the following:


Anatomy and physiology;


Phonetics and speech science;


Speech and language development;


Communication disorders in children;




Aural rehabilitation; and


Intervention for children with communication disorders.



2. Supervision. (1) The licensee shall function under the supervision of an

appropriate supervisor during the period of licensure.


The supervisor shall design and provide a supervision system that protects

pupil welfare and maintains the highest possible standards of quality

speech-language pathology services.


The supervisor may require additional supervision based on the experience of

the speech-language pathology assistant, the pupils served, and the physical or

geographic proximity to the supervisor.


As the supervisory responsibility of the supervisor increases, the direct

service responsibilities of the supervisor shall decrease.


Treatment for the pupils served shall remain the responsibility of the

supervisor. The level of supervision required shall be the minimum level

necessary for the supervisor to retain direct contact with the pupils.


Each speech-language pathology assistant shall be required to receive direct

supervision as stated in KRS 334A.033. Supervision shall be adjusted

proportionally for less than full-time employment. The supervisor shall have

direct contact time with the speech-language pathology assistant as well as

with the pupil.


Direct supervision shall consist of on-site, in-view observation and guidance

as a clinical activity is performed.


A speech-language pathology assistant shall be supervised by either:


A speech-language pathologist who holds a Kentucky license; or


A speech-language pathologist who holds Education Professional Standards Board

Master’s level certification as a teacher of exceptional children in the areas

of speech and communication disorders.


The supervisor shall provide information about the quality of the

speech-language pathology assistant's performance with assigned tasks and

verify that clinical activity is limited to tasks specified in the

speech-language pathology assistant's scope of responsibilities.


Information obtained during direct supervision may include data relative to:


Accuracy in implementation of screening, diagnostic, and treatment procedures;


Agreement between the assistant and the supervisor on correct or incorrect

judgment of target behavior;


Accuracy in recording data; and


Ability to interact effectively with the pupil.


Indirect supervision shall be required as stated in KRS 334A.033. Supervision

shall be adjusted proportionally for less than full-time employment. Indirect

supervision may include:




Record review;


Review and evaluation of audio or videotaped sessions; or


Supervisory conferences that may be conducted by telephone.


The minimum total of direct and indirect supervision as stated in KRS 334A.033

shall be required for each speech-language pathology assistant and shall be

documented. Additional direct and indirect supervision may be necessary

depending on the experience of the assistant and the needs of the pupil.


A speech-language pathology assistant shall not provide direct services if a

supervising speech-language pathologist cannot be reached by personal contact,

phone, pager, or some other immediate means.


If, for any reason (including maternity leave, illness, or a change of jobs),

the supervisor is no longer available to provide the level of supervision

stipulated, the speech-language pathology assistant shall not provide service

until a fully qualified speech-language pathologist has been designated as the

speech-language pathology assistant's supervisor.


Although more than one (1) supervisor may provide supervision of a

speech-language pathology assistant, a supervisor shall not be listed as the

supervisor of record for more than two (2) speech-language pathology

assistants. If multiple supervisors are used, each supervisor shall be responsible

for that portion of the caseload that is theirs and each shall sign the license

application and postgraduate professional experience report.



3. Within thirty (30) days after completion of postgraduate professional

experience, the applicant shall submit a complete application for licensure

under this section. The applicant’s supervisor shall verify the successful

completion of postgraduate professional experience by signing the Application

for License.



4. Incorporation by Reference. (1) "Application for Licensure", July

2013, is incorporated by reference.


This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable

copyright law, at the Division of Occupations and Professions, 911 Leawood

Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (36

Ky.R. 950; 1445; eff. 2-5-2010; 38 Ky.R. 1632; 1837; eff. 6-1-2012; 40 Ky.R.

397; eff. 10-16-2013.)