By the Division of Professional Licensure

2.01: Application Procedures

(1) Application must be made on forms furnished by the Board. Applicants are required to have a full understanding of the Board's governing statutes (M.G.L. c. 112, §§ 138 through 147) and regulations (260 CMR).

(2) No application shall be acted upon by the Board unless said application is made on forms which are furnished by the Board, and unless said application is completely and properly filled out, signed under the penalties of perjury, includes designated fees, and is accompanied by such other information as the Board requires.

(3) Before commencing employment in the Commonwealth as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Audiologist, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, or Audiology Assistant the applicant must first secure a license from the Board.

(4) There will be no proration of fees for those applying between renewal dates.

(5) An individual seeking licensure as both a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Audiologist must make separate application for each license and will be required to pay the relevant fees for each license.

(6) An individual seeking licensure as both a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and an Audiology Assistant must make separate application for each license and will be required to pay the relevant fees for each license.

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2.02: Good Moral Character Requirement

(1) An application for registration as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Audiologist, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, or Audiology Assistant, whether by examination pursuant to 260 CMR 2.03 or by reciprocity pursuant to 260 CMR 2.04, shall be accompanied by such written documentation as the Board may reasonably require in order to determine whether the applicant is of good moral character.

(2) If the Board receives information about an applicant for registration which reasonably raises a question about whether that applicant is of good moral character, the Board shall conduct a further inquiry into the relevant facts and circumstances before making a final decision on the application.

(a) If the Board determines, in its discretion, that such steps are reasonably necessary, the Board may require the applicant to appear personally before the Board, and/or furnish additional written information to the extent permitted by applicable state or federal law.

(b) The burden of demonstrating that the applicant possesses the good moral character required for registration shall rest with the applicant.

(3) Conduct which reasonably raises a question about whether an applicant possesses the good moral character required for registration includes, but is not necessarily limited to, any of the following:

(a) Conviction of any criminal offense, other than a routine traffic violation;

(b) Disciplinary action taken against any professional license, registration or certification held by the applicant, or denial of licensure, by the applicable governmental authority of any state, territory or political subdivision of the United States or Canada; or

(c) Conduct which is not within the meaning of 260 CMR 1.03 or 260 CMR 2.02(3)(b), but which nevertheless involves any of the following:

  1. 1. Failure to exercise proper regard for the applicant's own health, welfare or safety;
  2. 2. Failure to exercise proper regard for the health, welfare, safety or legal rights of another person; or
  3. 3. Fraud, deception or lack of honesty or truthfulness.

(4) For purposes of 260 CMR 2.02(3), the term "conviction" means any of the following:

(a) a final judgment entered after a jury verdict of guilty or a judicial finding of guilty;

(b) a plea of guilty;

(c) a plea of no lo contendere (no contest); or

(d) any other plea or finding which is treated by the court as a plea or finding of guilty.

The standards in 260 CMR 2.06(4)(a) through (d) shall apply regardless of the law of the jurisdiction in which the disposition occurred.

(5) For purposes of 260 CMR 2.02(3), the term "disciplinary action" means any of the following:

(a) Denial of a license, registration or certification for any reason other than failure to meet the educational, experiential or examination requirements established by applicable law or regulation for that license, registration or certification;

(b) Refusal to issue a license, registration or certification for any reason other than failure to meet the educational, experiential or examination requirements established by applicable law or regulation for that license, registration or certification;

(c) Revocation or suspension of a license, registration or certification;

(d) Placement of a license, registration or certification on probation;

(e) Issuance of a letter of censure;

(f) Issuance of a written reprimand; or

(g) Any other adverse action against the applicant's license, registration or certification which constitutes "disciplinary action" under the applicable laws and/or regulations of the jurisdiction in which that adverse action was taken.

(6) In determining whether an application for registration should be denied because the applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense, within the meaning of 260 CMR 2.02(3)(a), or the applicant has been the subject of a disciplinary action by the applicable governmental authority of another jurisdiction, within the meaning of 260 CMR 2.02(3)(b), the Board shall consider all of the relevant facts and circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

(a) The nature of the criminal offense(s) or conduct which gave rise to the disciplinary action;

(b) The date of the criminal conviction(s) or date of the disciplinary action;

(c) The age of the applicant at the time of the criminal conviction(s) or age and level of professional experience at the time of the conduct which gave rise to the disciplinary action;

(d) The number of criminal conviction(s) or number of disciplinary actions taken against the applicant;

(e) The nature and severity of the sentence or sanction imposed for each criminal conviction or nature and severity of the disciplinary sanction(s) imposed;

(f) Whether the conduct which gave rise to the criminal conviction or disciplinary action demonstrates an intentional or deliberate disregard for the life, health, safety or welfare of others;

(g) Whether the conduct which gave rise to the criminal conviction involved the commission of acts of physical or sexual violence or coercion against another person;

(h) Whether the conduct which gave rise to the criminal conviction or disciplinary action otherwise poses a continued or continuing risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public;

(i) Whether the conduct which gave rise to the criminal conviction or disciplinary action involved trafficking in, or illegally manufacturing, controlled substances as defined by applicable state or federal law;

(j) Whether the conduct which gave rise to the criminal conviction or disciplinary action involves fraud, deception, a lack of honesty, a lack of truthfulness or veracity, or a lack of personal integrity or trustworthiness;

(k) Whether there is a significant relationship between the conduct which gave rise to the criminal conviction or disciplinary action and the nature of the activities which the applicant will be authorized to perform if the registration is granted;

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2.03: Educational, Supervised Professional Practice, and Examination Requirements

To be licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Audiologist, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, or Audiology Assistant, an applicant must be of good moral character and meet the following educational, clinical, supervised professional practice, and examination requirements. Where standards created by professional organizations are referenced, the Board does not require that licensees maintain membership in said organization. Additionally, where clinical supervision is required, the Board will accept supervision from a supervisor with a current license in good standing in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology in Massachusetts, or a current license in good standing in a state or territory with equivalent standards to those of Massachusetts, or a certificate from the appropriate professional organization.

(1) Applicants who apply for licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist on or after January 1, 2006 must submit evidence that the applicant meets the January 1, 2005, ASHA Standards and Implementation Procedures for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology available at http://www.asha.org/about/membership-certification/handbooks/slp/slp_standards_new.htm.

(2) Applicants who apply for licensure as an Audiologist on or before December 31, 2007 must submit evidence that the applicant:

(a) meets the January 1, 1994, ASHA Standards and Implementation Procedures for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology available at http://www.asha.org/about/membership-certification/handbooks/aud/aud_standards.htm; or
(b) meets the January 1, 2007 ASHA Standards and Implementation Procedures for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology available at http://www.asha.org/about/membership-certification/certification/aud_standards_new.htm; or
(c) meets the January 1, 2007, requirements for board certification from the American Board of Audiology available at http://www.americanboardofaudiology.org/pdf/PASCHandbook.pdf.

(3) Applicants who apply for licensure as an Audiologist on or after January 1, 2008 must submit evidence that the applicant either:

(a) meets the January 1, 2007 ASHA Standards and Implementation Procedures for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology available at http://www.asha.org/about/membership-certification/certification/aud_standards_new.htm ; or
(b) or meets the January 1, 2007, requirements for board certification from the American Board of Audiology available at http://www.americanboardofaudiology.org/pdf/PASCHandbook.pdf.

(4) Applicants who apply for licensure as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant or an Audiology Assistant on or before March 16, 2007 must:

(a) meet the educational requirements outlined in 260 CMR 2.03(5); or

(b) submit the following:

  1. evidence of employment in the role of a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant or Audiology Assistant, for at least 200 hours during an 18 month period, since December 16, 2001; properly documented unpaid experience may be considered at the discretion of the Board; and
  2. a waiver request form, provided by the Board, attesting to professional competency from a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist; or another supervisor that may be accepted at the discretion of the Board; or

(c) On a case by case basis, or for other good cause shown, the Board may grant a waiver.

(5) Applicants who apply for licensure as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant or Audiology Assistant on or after March 17, 2007 must:

(a) provide evidence of appropriate educational preparation;

  1. possess an associate's degree in Speech Language Pathology or Audiology from a training program approved by a national certifying body; or
  2. possess a bachelor's degree with a major in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology; or
  3. possess a bachelor's degree and a certificate from a Board approved Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology assistant program; or
  4. possess an associate degree, bachelor degree, or advanced degree, and demonstrate having successfully completed 18 semester credit hours of coursework in Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology, six of which must be in disorders of speech, language, or hearing; or other coursework as the Board may approve.

(b) have completed 20 hours of observation of clinical practice by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist.

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2.04: Reciprocal Licensure

The Board may, at its discretion and without examination, license a Speech-Language Pathologist, an Audiologist, a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, or an Audiology Assistant who is duly licensed or registered under the laws of another state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Such an applicant must hold a current valid license from another state, district, or territory. The applicant must meet the requirements prescribed under 260 CMR in effect at the time of application. The applicant must report to the Board any previous reprimands, suspensions, or revocations of their license or any other Disciplinary Action. In its determination whether or not to reciprocally license an applicant, the Board may require any necessary documents for proper evaluation and payment of any relevant fees.

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REGULATORY AUTHORITY
260 CMR 2.00: M.G.L. c. 112, §§ 138 through 147; c. 13, §§ 85 through 87