American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Mississippi 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 currently regulated in Mississippi schools.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Speech-language pathology aides must be 18 years old and have the minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Speech-language pathology aides must register with the Department of Health.
  3. A licensed speech-language pathologist may not supervise more than three aides.
  4. The supervising licensee must institute a training program and must directly supervise the first five hours the aide works with clients, afterwards the supervisor must directly observe the aide during 20% of the time that the aide works with clients per week.
  5. Aides must wear appropriate identification and written consent is required of clients being served.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

Support personnel are not currently regulated in Mississippi schools.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Audiology aides must be 18 years old and have the minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Audiology aides must register with the Department of Health.
  3. A licensed audiologist may not supervise more than three aides.
  4. The supervising licensee must institute a training program and must directly supervise the first five hours the aide works with clients, afterwards the supervisor must directly observe the aide during 20% of the time that the aide works with clients per week.
  5. Aides must wear appropriate identification and written consent is required of clients being served.

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:

Department of Health: Regulations for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Aides

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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