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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. What are the fees for licensure?

 

The fees for licensure can be found on the application form and in Administrative Rule ARSD 20:79:01:06 and ARSD 20:79:01:07.

 

2. Do I need to provide transcripts even if I am ASHA certified?

 

Yes, we need to verify education direct from the source so we need transcripts from the college or university where you obtained your degree.

 

3. What do I need to do to become licensed?

 

Please review the instruction checklist which can be found on our website, speechpath.sd.gov. The instruction checklist will guide you in what forms you will need to fill out in order to become licensed. Should you have further questions please contact the board office at 605-642-1600.

 

4. If I received my ASHA certification or complete my CFY before my provisional license expires, do I need to apply for permanent licensure?

 

No, you can hold your provisional license until it expires, however, please be aware your provisional license does not automatically convert into a permanent license. You must make separate application for permanent licensure once the requirements of your postgraduate professional experience are met. Please allow at least one month for processing time.

 

5. How often will I need to renew my license? What is the renewal fee? What if I forget to renew my license can I still practice?

 

The renewal period is biennial. The renewal fee can be found in ARSD 20:79:02:03. All licenses expire on the first day of October of the second year succeeding the issuance of the license. Any person who submits a license renewal within 30 days after the expiration may be granted a license renewal. A license renewal submitted after 30 but within 180 days of expiration of the license must pay a late fee of $50 in addition to the license renewal fee. Licensees who fail to renew the license within 180 days from the expiration of the previous license will be required to reapply for licensure and all applicable fees will apply.

 

6. How many continuing education units (CEU’s) am I required to obtain? When and how often do I need to turn them in?

 

Per ARSD 20:79:02:05 all licensees are required to complete a minimum of 20 contact hours or 2.0 units of continuing education for each two-year renewal period. Send in copies of your certificates of attendance (or proof of attendance) with your renewal form (Please note that the board office will not accept certificates sent separate from the renewal form. All documents should be mailed together at the time of the renewal). Be sure to keep copies of all certificates of attendance for your own records.

 

7. Where can I obtain continuing education and what types of courses are acceptable?

 

Continuing education can be completed through the American Speech-Language Hearing-Association, ASHA approved providers, or formal education courses/presentations in which the objectives relate to the practice of Speech-Language Pathology. Please contact the board office if you want to get a course pre-approved for continuing education credit.

8. How do graduate credits transfer to CEUs? 

 

One quarter hour college coursework equals 10 contact hours of continuing education. One semester hour academic coursework equals 15 contact hours of continuing education.

9. I am a Paraprofessional currently working under a Speech-Language Pathologist. Do I need to be licensed?

 

To qualify you would have had to have been working under an SLP as of July 2012. Yes, you will need to be licensed as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) which would expire in 2020 unless SLPA licensure requirements are met.


What are the current requirements for a Speech Language Pathology Assistant License?
36-37-18. Speech-language pathology assistant licenses. The board shall issue a speech-language pathology assistant license to an applicant who:

    1. Submits an application, upon a form prescribed by the board;

    2. Pays the application fee;

    3. Holds an associate's degree in speech-language pathology assisting or a bachelor's degree with major emphasis in speech-language pathology or communication disorders from an accredited academic institution;

    4. Submits an official transcript verifying necessary academic preparation and clinical experiences;

    5. Completes a supervised clinical practicum of a minimum of one hundred clock hours as a speech-language pathology assistant while either on the job or during academic preparation; and   

    6. Has committed no act for which disciplinary action is justified.

    7. Where can the one hundred clock hour practicum be completed

The supervised clinical practicum of a minimum of one hundred clock hours as a speech-language pathology assistant can be completed while either on the job or during academic preparation. The supervisor of this person must meet the requirements outlined in SDCL 36-37-20. The SLPA applicant cannot represent themselves as a licensed assistant during this time nor can the supervising SLP hold the applicant undergoing the practicum to be a licensed assistant. When the practicum requirement is met, it needs to be certified by completing the Verification of Completed Supervised Practicum form (SLPA) as part of the license application.

10. Who do I contact if I have questions regarding licensure?

 

Please contact the South Dakota Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology at proflic@rushmore.com or by calling the office at 605-642-1600.

 

11. I am a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) how much supervision do I need?

 

Please refer to ARSD 20:79:04:03 to ensure all requirements are met. During the first 90 workdays the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist shall provide supervision for at least 30 percent of the time each week of which at least 20 percent must be direct supervision. The Board’s interpretation is as follows:  20% direct supervision of a 40 hour workweek would be 8 hours and 20% direct supervision of a 20 hour workweek would be 4 hours which is the minimal supervision at the discretion of the supervisor. After 90 days, the amount of supervision can be adjusted if the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist determines the Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant has met appropriate competencies and skill levels with a variety of communication and related disorders.  A supervising SLP must have at least three years of experience prior to supervising.

 

12. How do I document my supervision as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant?

 

Please use the form on the Speech-Language Pathology website titled, “SLPA Supervision Log” to track your supervision each month. You will want to maintain this documentation and keep the log for your records in the event you need to supply proof of supervision to the board office.

13. As a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant what responsibilities am I restricted from doing?

 

Please refer to ARSD 20:79:04:01 and ARSD 20:79:04:02 to review the responsibilities that are considered within the scope and outside of the scope for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.

 

14. As a Speech-Language Pathologist how many Speech-Language Pathology Assistants can I supervise?

 

You can supervise up to (3) Speech-Language Pathology Assistants at one time.

15. How will a new graduate obtain licensure when it can take up to two months for official transcripts to be issued?

 

A Provisional license may be issued to a new graduate if they meet licensure requirements.  For the education requirement, a letter from the institution verifying that the student has completed all requirements of the master’s degree will be acceptable until the official transcripts are available.  Within two months of receiving the Provisional license, official transcripts need to be submitted to the Board office.

 

16. How do I report unlicensed practice?

 

If you are aware of someone practicing as a SLP or SLPA that is not licensed please submit your complaint in writing to the Board office and they will investigate the individual.