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The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) "Board-approved institution of higher education" means:
(a) An institution offering a program in audiology or speech-language pathology leading to a master's degree or its equivalent, or a doctorate degree or its equivalent, that has been accredited by the council on academic accreditation in audiology and speech-language pathology, or an equivalent program.
(b) An institution offering a speech-language pathology assistant program or a speech, language, and hearing program approved by the state board for community and technical colleges, the higher education coordinating board, or an equivalent body from another state or province.
(c) An institution outside of the United States or Canada offering a speech-language pathology assistant program or a speech, language, and hearing program which has an equivalency determination completed by the board. The program must lead to an associate of arts or sciences degree, certificate of proficiency, or bachelor of arts or sciences degree.
(d) A board-approved institution must integrate instruction in multicultural health as part of its basic education preparation curriculum under RCW 43.70.615.
(2) "Direct supervision" means the supervisor is on-site and in view during the procedures or tasks.
(3) "Hearing assistive technologies" means assistive listening systems or devices, and other technologies that increase the intelligibility, improves sound quality, or clarity of speech or sounds with or without the presence of background noise where hearing instruments alone may not provide optimal comprehension including, but not limited to, telecoil and Bluetooth.
(4) "Indirect supervision" means the procedures or tasks are performed under the supervising speech-language pathologist's, audiologist's, or hearing aid specialist's overall direction and control and the supervisor is accessible, but the supervisor's presence is not required during the performance of procedures or tasks.
(5) "Place or places of business" means a permanent address open to the public, which may include an "establishment" as defined in RCW 18.35.010(6), where a licensee engages in the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments.
(6) "Postgraduate professional work experience" means a supervised full-time professional experience, or the part-time equivalent, as defined in these rules, involving direct patient or client contact, consultations, recordkeeping, and administrative duties relevant to a bona fide program of clinical work. Applicants who obtain an Au.D. at a board-approved institution of higher education are considered to have met the postgraduate professional work experience requirement.
(7) "Purchaser" or "buyer" means a patient, client, or legally authorized representative.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.35.161 and 43.70.250. WSR 22-13-103, § 246-828-025, filed 6/15/22, effective 8/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.35.310. WSR 21-06-011, § 246-828-025, filed 2/18/21, effective 3/21/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.35.161. WSR 19-13-041, § 246-828-025, filed 6/12/19, effective 7/13/19. Statutory Authority: 2014 c 189, RCW 18.35.161, 18.130.062, and 18.130.020. WSR 15-14-092, § 246-828-025, filed 6/29/15, effective 7/1/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.35.161, 43.70.250. WSR 10-15-093, § 246-828-025, filed 7/20/10, effective 7/26/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.35.161. WSR 06-19-109, § 246-828-025, filed 9/20/06, effective 10/21/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.35.040(2) and 18.35.161. WSR 98-13-109, § 246-828-025, filed 6/17/98, effective 7/18/98.]
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