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(1) To be eligible for licensing by the board as a speech-language pathologist, the applicant must:

(a) have completed a minimum of 75 semester hours of post-baccalaureate study that culminates in a minimum of a master's degree in speech language pathology or communication disorders. The graduate education in speech-language pathology must be initiated and completed in a program approved by the licensure board;

(b) demonstrate skills in oral and written communication, knowledge of ethical standards, research principles, and current professional and regulatory issues;

(c) have practicum experience that encompasses the breadth of the current scope of practice with both adults and children, resulting in a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised practicum, of which at least 375 hours must be in direct client/patient contact and 25 hours of clinical observation;

(d) have a 36-week speech-language pathology clinical experience that establishes a collaboration between the clinical fellow and a mentor; and

(e) pass a speech pathology examination as determined by the board.

(2) An applicant will be deemed to have met the requirements of (1)(a) through (e) by submitting proof of a current certificate of clinical competence.

(3) In order to be licensed by the board as an audiologist an applicant shall:

(a) possess a Doctor of Audiology degree (Au. D.) or a Ph. D in audiology, from an accredited program approved by the board; and

(b) pass an audiology examination as determined by the board.

(c) If the applicant is a holder of a valid Montana license prior to January 1, 2007, and maintains that license in good standing, the applicant will not be required to obtain a doctorate to maintain licensure to practice audiology in the future.

History: 37-1-131, 37-15-202, MCA; IMP, 37-15-301, 37-15-303, MCA; NEW, 2006 MAR p. 2413, Eff. 10/6/06; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 385, Eff. 2/29/08.

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