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Illinois SLP Rigid and Flexible Laryngoscopes

A speech-language pathologist seeking to use both a rigid laryngoscope and a flexible laryngoscope for the sole purpose of observing and obtaining images of the pharynx and larynx shall be exempt from meeting the separate education requirements in the previous sections if he or she meets the requirements below:

The speech-language pathologist has observed fifteen (15) procedures performed by either

    • A physician who has been granted hospital privileges to perform these procedures or
    • A speech-language pathologist who has met the requirements in a licensed health care facility or a clinic affiliated with a hospital, university, college, or
    • ASHA-approved continuing education course that has emergency medical back-up and a physician available or in the office of a physician who is available.

The speech-language pathologist has successfully performed thirty (30) procedures, at least twenty (20) of which must be with a flexible laryngoscope and at least five (5) of which must be with a rigid laryngoscope, under the direct supervision of a physician who has been granted hospital privileges to perform these procedures; provided, however, that the physician may delegate the supervision of the procedures to a speech-language pathologist who has met the requirements in the case of a rigid laryngoscope or in the case of a flexible laryngoscope. The supervising physician shall provide written verification that the speech-language pathologist in training has successfully completed the requirements demonstrating the ability 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.


225 ILCS 110/9.3

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