Guidelines to Practice Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in Massachusetts
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Q. AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE A STATE LICENSE?
Yes. The state licensure board (the Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) sets the requirements for licensure. All practitioners are required to have a license to practice, regardless of their clinical or educational setting.
Q. HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY LICENSE?
License holders are required to meet all requirements and obtain 20 hours of continuing education every two years.
Q. AS AN AUDIOLOGIST, CAN I DISPENSE HEARING AIDS?
Yes. Audiologists can dispense hearing aids in the Commonwealth under their Audiology license.
Q. WHAT ABOUT ASSISTANTS?
Massachusetts recently passed legislation requiring licensure board oversight for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology assistants. See the Board of Registration website for regulations about the use and supervision of assistants.
Q. DOES MASSACHUSETTS HAVE RECIPROCITY WITH OTHER STATES?
Yes. See the Board of Registration website for further information.
Q. DOES MASSACHUSETTS PROVIDE PROVISIONAL LICENSURE?
No. See the Board of Registration website for further information.
Q. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PRACTICING IN THE SCHOOLS?
You are required to have both a state license and a license from the Department of Education. There is a separate requirement for the collection of Professional Development Points (PDPs). Programs may or may not be counted toward both the Department of Education and Board of Registration requirements. See the links below for further information.
Q. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PRACTICING IN EARLY INTERVENTION?
Speech-Language Pathologists practicing in Early Intervention must hold a state license, or be in their clinical fellowship year. In addition, full-time employees may also obtain the Certified Early Intervention Specialist credential.
Q. Obtaining a License to Practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist in MA
In order to practice in the Commonwealth of MA, regardless of your clinical or educational setting, you must obtain a license from the Division of Professional Licensure, otherwise known as the Board.
The information provided below is given as a cursory overview of the process and the requirements. Any questions about individual circumstances or the process should be submitted directly to the Board. Further, you are urged to visit the Board’s website for further information as needed. To obtain an application form and see other necessary information regarding the Board of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, go to: www.mass.gov/dpl
Please note the following important information regarding your application:
If you plan to practice in the public schools, you must ALSO have a license from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In order to obtain this credential, you must take and pass the MA Teacher Certification Test.
To obtain an application, go to: http://www.doe.mass.edu/Educators/e_license.html?section=k12.
To practice in Early Intervention, you must meet the criteria for one of the following:
Q. HOW MANY HOURS ARE REQUIRED TO RENEW MY LICENSE?
The Massachusetts Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology requires 20 hours of continuing education activity per 2-year license period to maintain your speech-language pathology or audiology licensure. A minimum of 10 of the hours must be within your area of licensure. If you want to maintain licenses in both speech-language pathology and audiology, a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education activity per licensure renewal period (every two years) is required. For professionals maintaining both licenses, a minimum of ten of the total 30 continuing education hours must be completed in the licensee's major area of clinical service delivery and a minimum of five of the continuing education hours must be in the licensee's minor area of clinical service delivery. One hour of credit equals .1 ASHA CEUs, so 20 hours of credit equals 2.0 ASHA CEUs.
Q. WHEN DOES THE CURRENT LICENSURE PERIOD END?
The current licensure period runs January 6, 2012 through January 6, 2014.
Q. CAN I CARRY OVER MY HOURS FROM ONE LICENSURE PERIOD TO THE NEXT?
No, you can not carry over hours to the next licensure period.
Q. HOW DO I MAINTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES I'VE ATTENDED?
It is your responsibility for keeping your own records, either personally or through ASHA. You will be required to provide this information to the Licensure Board in the event that you are audited.
You may register with the ASHA continuing education registry for all activities sponsored by providers that offer ASHA CEUs. They will keep track of your hours, and print a transcript of all activities attended at your request. If you are not an ASHA member, or did not pay the CE registry fee when you renewed your membership, you can call ASHA at 800-498-2071 or download the form at http://www.asha.org/about/continuing-ed/CEUs/ce_form.htm to enroll.
You may also maintain your own file of CE activities attended. If you keep your own record, you should keep a file with a log of activities and any certificates of attendance or related forms. Please go directly to the MA Board of Registration website for further details on maintaining your own records.
Q. DOES MSHA PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS OR OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES I'VE ATTENDED?
MSHA does not provide transcripts. If you participated in an activity offered for ASHA CEUs with MSHA as the provider organization, we can assist in documenting your attendance at these continuing education events. However, as noted above, this information is also available directly from ASHA and should be documented in your own file.
Q. WHO ARE APROVED SPONSORS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION ACTIVITY?
Accepted sponsors for professional continuing education activities are:
Q. CAN I USE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POINTS (PDPs) TOWARD MY LICENSURE RENEWAL?
Yes. The Department of Education Professional Development Points (PDPs) are recognized by the Board as approved continuing education hours.
For further information about CEUs, or applications for CEU co-sponsorship, please call the MSHA office at 781-647-7031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can obtain further information at the MA Board of Registration website: www.mass.gov/dpl/boards/sp/cmr.htm.