American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

South 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 support personnel are not regulated in South Carolina schools.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. To qualify for a license, a speech-language pathology assistant must have a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology, including a core curriculum of 36 semester hours and not less than 100 clock hours of clinical practicum.
  2. No speech-language pathology assistant may begin working in direct contact with clients without the Board of Examiner's written approval of a supervisory agreement and on-the-job training plan.
  3. A licensee may supervise no more than two full time or three part-time assistants.
  4. Following on-the-job training, there must be at least 15% (6 hours per 40 hour week) of documented direct, visual supervision of client contact; 5% indirect supervision is also required (2 hours per 40 hour week) and must include review of written records; quarterly performance reviews are also required.
  5. Clients must be informed in writing when an assistant is providing direct services.
  6. Assistants must be clearly identified by a name tag.
  7. Speech-language pathology assistants must complete 8 hours of continuing education per license renewal period (biennial).

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

Audiology support personnel are not regulated in school settings.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

Audiology support personnel are not regulated by statute.

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:

Laws and Regulations 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:

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

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