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South Carolina SLP Continuing Education

How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?

Speech-Language Pathologists: A SLP licensed in South Carolina shall satisfactorily complete sixteen (16) hours of approved continuing education or 1.6 continuing education units (CEUs) during each license period.

SLP Assistants: As a condition of an assistant license renewal, a speech-language pathology assistant shall satisfactorily complete eight (8) hours of approved continuing education or 0.8 CEUs during each license period.

How long is the reporting period?

A speech-language pathology and a speech-language pathology assistant license must be renewed biennially and expire on March 31 of the second year.

How is CEU defined?

1.0 CEU is the equivalent of ten (10) clock hours.

Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?

N/A

Are there any specific courses that must be taken?

N/A

What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?

Courses used to meet the continuing education requirement must meet at least one of the following conditions:

    • Courses offered by an American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) or American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Continuing Education Sponsor.
    • Courses offered by one of the following organizations: South Carolina Academy of Audiology, South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association, National Institute of Hearing Instruments Studies (NIHIS), Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, American Auditory Society, Academy of Dispensing Audiology, National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) or other organization approved by the board.
    • Graduate level courses offered by a regionally accredited college or university within scope of practice (1 semester hour equals 15 hours for 1.5 CEUs).
    • Courses offered by a state or federal agency provided the courses are within scope of practice.

Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?

At least one-half of the continuing education requirement must pertain to clinical practice in the area of licensure.

Not more than two (2) hours of the continuing education requirement may be met by independent study. All independent study must receive prior approval by the board sixty (60) days prior to implementation. Independent study is developing a plan encompassing a variety of activities, such as reading journal articles, observing a master clinician, or reviewing case files. The study shall include the licensee writing a critical review stating how the licensee will incorporate the newly acquired skills and knowledge into practice.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

N/A

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Courses offered by an American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) or American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Continuing Education Sponsor.

Courses offered by one of the following organizations: South Carolina Academy of Audiology, South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association, National Institute of Hearing Instruments Studies (NIHIS), Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, American Auditory Society, Academy of Dispensing Audiology, National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) or other organization approved by the board.

What are the reporting requirements?

Each licensee shall attest to completion of the required continuing education at the time of license renewal.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Each licensee shall maintain records of continuing education hours earned for a period of four (4) years, and such records must be made available to the director or the designee upon request.

Waiver

N/A

Audit

N/A

References

S.C. Code Ann. ยง 40-67-260

S.C. Code Regs. 115-6

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