American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Minnesota Support Personnel Requirements

The following information includes speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel requirements in educational and other practice settings. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that regulations and policy may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Speech Language Pathology

School Setting Requirements

Support personnel are not regulated in Minnesota schools.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  • A licensed speech-language pathologist may delegate duties to a speech-language pathology assistant who has documented with a transcript from an educational institution satisfactory completion of either an associate's degree from a speech-language pathology assistant program accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges, or its equivalent as approved by the Commissioner, or a bachelor's degree in communication sciences or disorders with additional transcript credit in the area of assistant-level service delivery practices and completion of at least 100 hours of supervised field work experience as a speech-language pathology assistant student.
  • A supervising speech-language pathologist must be state licensed, hold the ASHA CCC or its equivalent as approved by the Commissioner, and have completed at least one continuing education unit in supervision.
  • For the first 90 work days within a 40 hour work week, 30% of the assistant's work must be supervised and at least 20% must be under direct supervision. After the initial 90-day period within a 40 hour work week, 20% must be supervised and at least 10% must be under direct supervision.
  • A supervising speech-language pathologist must be available to communicate with the speech-language pathology assistant at any time the assistant is in direct contact with a client.
  • A full-time speech-language pathologist may supervise no more than one full-time speech-language pathology assistant or the equivalent of one full-time assistant.
  • Any agency or clinic that intends to utilize the services of a speech-language pathology assistant must provide written notification to the client.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

Support personnel are not regulated in Minnesota schools.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

Audiology support personnel are not regulated in Minnesota statutes.

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel in educational and other practice settings, please visit this website:

Minnesota Statutes for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

To see where your state stands on support personnel licensure trends, please view the trends charts which are updated annually:

Support Personnel in Schools Settings [PDF]

Support Personnel Excluding Schools Settings [PDF]

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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