Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1370-01-.01 - DEFINITIONS

As used in these rules, the following terms and acronyms shall have the following meaning ascribed to them:

(1) ABA - The American Board of Audiology Examiners.
(2) Accredited Institution - Refers to the status of the school in relation to requirements of recognized agencies other than the Tennessee Board of Communications Disorders and Sciences. These would include U.S. Department of Education recognized Regional University Accrediting Agencies, Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech - Language Pathology (CAA) and the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE).
(3) Advertising - Informational communication to the public in any manner to attract attention to the practice of a Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist. Includes, but is not limited to, business solicitation, with or without limiting qualifications, in a card, sign or device issued to a person; in a sign or marking in or on any building; or in any newspaper, magazine, directory, or other printed matter. Advertising also includes business solicitations communicated by individual, radio, video, television broadcasting, electronic media, or any other means designed to secure public attention.
(4) Alternate Supervision - Supervision provided in the temporary and impermanent absence of the Supervising Licensee.
(5) Applicant - Any individual seeking licensure by the Board who has submitted an official application and paid all required fees.
(6) ASHA - American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
(7) Audiology Clinical Extern (ACE) - An Audiology student who is in the process of obtaining professional experience, as defined by a Board-approved accreditation agency, before being qualified for licensure.
(8) Board - The Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences.
(9) Board Administrative Office - The office of the Unit Director assigned to the Board and located at 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243.
(10) Board Consultant - Any person who has received a delegation of authority by the Board to perform Board functions subject to review and ratification by the full Board where provided by these rules.
(11) Certificate - The document which bears an expiration date and is issued by the Division of Health Related Boards to a licensee who has completed the licensure renewal process.
(12) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) - A nationally recognized and accredited professional credentialed in the fields of Audiology (CCC-A) and Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).
(13) Client - The individual or patient who is receiving direct services and/or treatment.
(14) Clinical Externship - The period of professional experience required by Audiology Clinical Externs.
(15) Clinical Fellow (CF) - An individual who has completed the educational requirements for licensure as a Speech Language Pathologist, has received at least a master's degree from an accredited institution, and holds a provisional license to practice as a Clinical Fellow during the individual's period of paid supervised clinical experience.
(16) Clinical Fellowship - The period of paid supervised clinical experience for a Clinical Fellow.
(17) Clinical Fellow Provisional License - A license granted to a Clinical Fellow pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-17-110.
(18) Closed Files - An administrative action which renders an incomplete or denied file closed.
(19) Continuing Education (CE) - Education required as a condition of continued licensure.
(20) Council - The Council for Licensing Hearing Instrument Specialists.
(21) Department - Tennessee Department of Health.
(22) Direct Supervision - On-site, in view supervision which may include directing, coordinating, inspecting, and approving each act of service.
(23) Division - The Division of Health Related Boards, Tennessee Department of Health, from which the Board receives administrative support.
(24) Fee - Money, gifts, services, or anything of value offered or received as compensation in return for rendering services.
(25) Fee Splitting - The practice of paying commissions to colleagues out of fees received from clients who have been referred by the colleague for rendering services.
(26) General Supervision - Direct and/or indirect supervision, including reviewing, inspecting, and approving specific acts of service.
(27) He/She Him/Her - When "he" appears in the text of these rules, the word represents both the feminine and masculine genders.
(28) HRB - The acronym HRB represents the Health Related Boards.
(29) Inactive License - Pro Bono Services Category - Licensure available to Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists licensed by this Board whose practice is limited to the performance of services without compensation only for those persons receiving services from organizations which have received a determination of exemption under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(30) Inactive License - Retirement - Licensure status available to licensees who hold current licenses and do not intend to practice as a Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist and who have completed an Affidavit of Retirement form.
(31) Indirect Supervision - Supervision accomplished by indirect means which may include: review of audio and video recordings, numerical data, and/or written progress notes.
(32) License - The document issued by the Board to an applicant who has successfully completed the application process and represents the artistically designed form for purposes of display.
(33) Private Practice - Those licensed practitioners who, on either a full or part-time basis, establish their own conditions or exchange with their clients, and are solely responsible for the services they provide to clients, regardless of the organizational structure.
(34) Registration - The process by which a person so required is registered with the Board's Administrative Office.
(35) Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) - An individual who has registered with the Board pursuant to Rule 1370-01-.14, and who meets minimum qualifications as provided in Rule 1370-01-.14 which are less than those established for licensure as a Speech Language Pathologist, and who works under supervision of a Speech Language Pathologist.
(36) Supervising Licensee - The term used to designate any Tennessee licensed Audiologist, or Speech Language Pathologist or ASHA certified Audiologist who provides supervision of an ACE, Clinical Fellow, registered Speech Language Pathology Assistant, or student clinician in Speech Language Pathology or Audiology.
(37) TAASLP - Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1370-01-.01
Original rule filed September 10, 1974; effective October 10, 1974. Amendment filed July 31, 1978; effective September 13, 1978. Amendment filed March 2, 1979; effective April 16, 1979. Repeal and new rule filed July 8, 1987; effective August 21, 1987. Amendment filed September 17, 1991; effective November 1, 1991. Amendment filed September 18, 1991; effective November 2, 1991. Repeal and new rule filed January 31, 2000; effective April 15, 2000. Amendment filed September 13, 2001; effective November 27, 2001. Amendment filed April 26, 2002; effective July 10, 2002. Amendment filed August 3, 2005; effective October 17, 2005. Amendment filed September 11, 2006; effective November 25, 2006. Amendment filed April 6, 2010; effective July 5, 2010. Amendments filed September 14, 2010; effective December 13, 2010. Amendments filed June 8, 2022; effective 9/6/2022.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-17-103, 63-17-105, 63-17-110, 63-17-114, and 63-17-128.

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