August 4, 2020
Applicants for a temporary audiology license will no longer be required to obtain clinic hours in specific areas in order to be licensed. Instead, applicants for a temporary audiology license must submit evidence of completing at minimum 350 hours of clinical experience. Applicants for an initial permanent audiology license and those transitioning from a temporary audiology license to a permanent audiology license must submit evidence of 1,800 clock hours of professional experience directly supervised by an audiologist who is State-licensed or certified by a Board approved agency. The Board maintains that the clock hours of professional experience must be with individuals who present a variety of communication and auditory disorders and must have been obtained within the training program at an accredited college or university or in one of its cooperating programs? § 90-295.(b)(4)
The North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NCBOESLPA) will no longer enforce 90-295 (a)(3) of Article 22.Licensure Act for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists requiring clinical hours to be broken into specified diagnostic areas for. Instead, applicants for a temporary speech and language pathology license must submit evidence of completing at minimum 400 hours of supervised clinical experience. These hours require a minimum of 25 hours of guided observation and 375 hours of direct patient contact.