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Full Text of SB3467  103rd General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and
5Audiology Practice Act is amended by changing Sections 3.5,
68.5, and 8.6 as follows:
7    (225 ILCS 110/3.5)
8    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
9    Sec. 3.5. Exemptions. This Act does not prohibit:
10        (a) The practice of speech-language pathology or
11    audiology by students in their course of study in programs
12    approved by the Department, or the performance of
13    speech-language pathology assistant services by graduates
14    who have obtained degrees as set forth in paragraph (2) of
15    Section 8.5 of the Act, when acting under the direction
16    and supervision of licensed speech-language pathologists
17    or audiologists.
18        (b) The performance of any speech-language pathology
19    service by a speech-language pathology assistant or
20    candidate for licensure as a speech-language pathology
21    assistant, if such service is performed under the
22    supervision and full responsibility of a licensed
23    speech-language pathologist. A speech language pathology



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1    assistant or candidate for speech-language pathology
2    assistant licensure may perform only those duties
3    authorized by Section 8.7 under the supervision of a
4    speech-language pathologist as provided in Section 8.8.
5        (b-5) The performance of an audiology service by an
6    appropriately trained person if that service is performed
7    under the supervision and full responsibility of a
8    licensed audiologist.
9        (c) The performance of audiometric testing for the
10    purpose of industrial hearing conservation by an
11    audiometric technician certified by the Council of
12    Accreditation for Occupational Hearing Conservation
13    (CAOHC).
14        (d) The performance of an audiometric screening by an
15    audiometric screenings technician certified by the
16    Department of Public Health.
17        (e) The selling or practice of fitting, dispensing, or
18    servicing hearing instruments by a hearing instrument
19    dispenser licensed under the Hearing Instrument Consumer
20    Protection Act.
21        (f) A person licensed in this State under any other
22    Act from engaging in the practice for which he or she is
23    licensed.
24        (g) The performance of vestibular function testing by
25    an appropriately trained person under the supervision of a
26    physician licensed to practice medicine in all its



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1    branches.
2        (h) The performance of neurophysiologic intraoperative
3    monitoring of the seventh and eighth cranial nerve by an
4    individual certified by the American Board of Registration
5    of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential
6    Technologists as Certified in Neurophysiologic
7    Intraoperative Monitoring only if authorized and
8    supervised by the physician performing the surgical
9    procedure.
10(Source: P.A. 100-530, eff. 1-1-18.)
11    (225 ILCS 110/8.5)
12    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
13    Sec. 8.5. Qualifications for licenses as a speech-language
14pathology assistant. A person is qualified to be licensed as a
15speech-language pathology assistant if that person has applied
16in writing or electronically on forms prescribed by the
17Department, has paid the required fees, and meets both of the
18following criteria:
19        (1) Is of good moral character. In determining moral
20    character, the Department may take into consideration any
21    felony conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere of
22    the applicant, but such a conviction or plea shall not
23    operate automatically as a complete bar to licensure.
24        (2) Has either:
25            (A) received an associate degree from a



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1        speech-language pathology assistant program that has
2        been approved by the Department and that meets the
3        minimum requirements set forth in Section 8.6; or
4            (B)(i) received a bachelor's degree in
5        speech-language pathology, communication sciences and
6        disorders, or other content area from an accredited
7        college or university that has been approved by the
8        Department and meets the minimum requirements set
9        forth in Section 8.6, and (ii) completed the
10        requirements for certification as a speech-language
11        pathology assistant or completed an equivalent program
12        as determined by the Department by rule.
13        (2) Has received either (i) an associate degree from a
14    speech-language pathology assistant program that has been
15    approved by the Department and that meets the minimum
16    requirements set forth in Section 8.6, (ii) a bachelor's
17    degree and has completed course work from an accredited
18    college or university that meets the minimum requirements
19    set forth in Section 8.6, or (iii) a bachelor's degree in
20    speech-language pathology or communication sciences and
21    disorders from a regionally or nationally accredited
22    institution approved by the Department, and evidence of
23    completion of at least 100 hours of documented field work
24    supervised by a licensed speech-language pathologist that
25    is comparable to that completed in a speech-language
26    pathology assistant program in this State.



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1(Source: P.A. 103-302, eff. 1-1-24.)
2    (225 ILCS 110/8.6)
3    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
4    Sec. 8.6. Minimum requirements for speech-language
5pathology assistant programs.
6    (a) An applicant for licensure as a speech-language
7pathology assistant must have earned 60 semester credit hours
8in a program of study that includes general education and the
9specific knowledge and skills for a speech-language pathology
10assistant. The curriculum of a speech-language pathology
11assistant program must include all of the following content,
12as further provided by rule promulgated by the Department:
13        (1) Twenty-four semester credit hours in general
14    education.
15        (2) Thirty-six semester credit hours in technical
16    content areas designed to provide students with knowledge
17    and skills required for speech-language pathology
18    assistants, which must include (i) an introductory or
19    overview course in of normal processes of communication
20    disorders; (ii) phonetics an overview of communication
21    disorders; (iii) speech sound disorders instruction in
22    speech-language pathology assistant-level service
23    delivery practices; (iv) language development instruction
24    in workplace behaviors; (v) language disorders cultural
25    and linguistic factors in communication; and (vi) anatomy



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1    and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms
2    observation.
3        (3) Completion of at least 100 hours of supervised
4    field work experiences supervised by a licensed
5    speech-language pathologist at least 50% of the time when
6    the student is engaged in contact with the patient or
7    client. An applicant must obtain written verification
8    demonstrating successful completion of the required field
9    work experience, including a description of the setting in
10    which the training was received and an assessment of the
11    student's technical proficiency.
12    (b) The Department may promulgate rules that change the
13curriculum requirements of subsection (a) in order to reflect
14the guidelines for speech-language pathology assistant
15programs recommended by the American Speech-Language Hearing
17    (c) Any applicant for licensure as a speech-language
18pathology assistant who applies to the Department prior to the
19effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General
20Assembly or any person who holds a valid license as a
21speech-language pathology assistant on the effective date of
22this amendatory Act shall not be required to meet the new
23minimum requirements for a speech language pathology assistant
24program under subsection (a) of this Section 8.6 that are
25established by this amendatory Act.
26(Source: P.A. 96-1315, eff. 7-27-10.)



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
21, 2025.