American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

North Carolina 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

Speech-language pathology assistants must register; qualifications include: an associate's degree in speech-language pathology assisting or completion of a bachelor's degree, as well as courses in speech-language assisting developed by the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges and a passing score on a competency test approved by the Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists (the Board).

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Speech-language pathology assistants must register; qualifications include: an associate's degree in speech-language pathology assisting or completion of a bachelor's degree, as well as courses in speech-language assisting developed by the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges and a passing score on a competency test approved by the Board.
  2. A licensed speech-language pathologist employed full-time may supervise no more than two assistants at any one time; a licensed speech-language pathologist employed part-time may supervise no more than one assistant at any one time.
  3. The assistant must wear a badge that includes the job title "Speech-Language Pathology Assistant."
  4. When services are to be rendered by an assistant, the patient or family must be informed in writing.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

Not regulated in school settings.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. The audiometric technician must receive appropriate instruction, including supervised practicum, in the principles and specific techniques for testing hearing in the industrial environment. The standards established by the Council for Accreditation of Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) for certified occupational hearing conservationists meet this training requirement. Where other training programs are used, the curriculum shall be in writing and available for inspection by the Board of Examiners.
  2. Supervision of the audiometric technician must be vested in a licensed physician or licensed audiologist.
  3. A licensed audiologist who supervises the activities of audiometric technicians, whether as employer or program consultant, must provide sufficient on-site supervision of the technicians.

Resources

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

Laws for Speech Language Pathology Assistants [PDF]

Department of Public Instruction-Class Specifications for Noncertified Public School Employees, SLP Assistants [PDF]

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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