(1) Audiology aides or assistants shall be classified in one of the following categories:
(a) "audiology aide or assistant" means a person meeting the minimum requirements established by the board who performs any of the activities defined under the "practice of audiology" definition of 37-15-102, MCA, under the supervision of a licensed audiologist; and
(b) "industrial audiology aide or assistant" means an audiology aide who conducts pure tone air conduction threshold audiograms for the purpose of industrial hearing tests in addition to other acts and services as provided in the statutes and rules.
(2) "Certificate of clinical competence" means a current certificate issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
(3) "Professional experience supervisor" means the Montana licensed speech-language pathologist who supervises the holder of a Montana limited license during the supervised professional experience as described in statute and these rules. The professional experience supervisor must have:
(a) a Montana license in good standing; and
(b) been licensed for at least two years, excluding any period of licensure under a limited license.
(4) Speech-language pathology aides or assistants shall be classified in one of the following categories:
(a) "aide or assistant I" means a person who holds an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, or its equivalent, and is currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program for the purpose of completing licensure requirements;
(b) "aide or assistant II" means a person who holds an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, or its equivalent, but is not currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program; and
(c) "aide or assistant III" means a person who holds no undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders or its equivalent.
(5) "Supervision of aide or assistant" means on-site observation and guidance by the supervising licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist while a clinical activity is performed by the speech-language pathology or audiology aide or assistant. On-site supervision performed by the licensee may include but is not limited to the following:
(a) observation of a portion of the screening or treatment procedures performed by the aide or assistant;
(b) coaching the aide or assistant; and
(c) modeling for the aide or assistant.
History: 37-1-131, 37-15-202, 37-15-301, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-15-102, 37-15-202, 37-15-301, 37-15-303, 37-15-313, MCA; NEW, Eff. 3/7/76; AMD, 1981 MAR p. 363, Eff. 4/17/81; TRANS, from Dept. of Prof. & Occup. Lic., Ch. 274, L. 1981, Eff. 7/1/81; AMD, 1983 MAR p. 274, Eff. 4/1/83; AMD, 1999 MAR p. 408, Eff. 3/12/99; TRANS, from Commerce, 2004 MAR p. 2284; AMD, 2006 MAR p. 2413, Eff. 10/6/06; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 385, Eff. 2/29/08; AMD, 2017 MAR p. 2079, Eff. 11/10/17.