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California SLP Scope of Practice
How does California define the practice of speech-language pathology?
The practice of speech-language pathology means all of the following:
Any observation of an abnormality shall be referred to a physician and surgeon.
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
Flexible Fiber Optic Nasendoscopic Procedure
A licensed speech-language pathologist shall not perform a flexible fiber optic nasendoscopic procedure unless he or she has received written verification from an otolaryngologist certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology that the speech-language pathologist has performed a minimum of twenty-five (25) flexible fiber optic nasendoscopic procedures and is competent to perform these procedures. The speech-language pathologist shall have this written verification on file and readily available for inspection upon request by the board.
A speech-language pathologist shall pass a flexible fiber optic nasendoscopic instrument only under the direct authorization of an otolaryngologist certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the supervision of a physician and surgeon.
A licensed speech-language pathologist shall only perform flexible endoscopic procedures in a setting that requires the facility to have protocols for emergency medical backup procedures, including a physician and surgeon or other appropriate medical professionals being readily available.
Cal. Bus. and Prof. Code § 2530.2