The Board has the authority to refuse to issue a license, a provisional license, or registration, or may suspend, revoke, or condition a license, a provisional license or registration for a period of time, or assess a civil penalty against any person holding a license to practice as a Speech Language Pathologist, or Audiologist, or Clinical Fellow or registration as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. In addition to the statute at T.C.A. § 63-17-117, unprofessional and/or unethical conduct shall include, but not be limited to the following:

(1) Engaging in clinical work when the licensee or registrant is not properly qualified to do so, pursuant to Rules 1370-01-.04 and 1370-01-.14, by successful completion of training, course work and/or supervised practicum;
(2) Failure to take precautions to avoid injury to the client;
(3) The guarantee or warranty of any sort, whether expressed orally or in writing, of the results of any speech, language, or hearing consultative or therapeutic procedure for the client;
(4) Diagnosis or treatment (excluding general information of an educational nature) of any individual speech, language or hearing disorders by correspondence;
(5) Willfully betraying a professional secret;
(6) Accepting for treatment, and/or continuing treatment of, any client where benefit cannot reasonably be expected to accrue or is unnecessary;
(7) Violation, or attempted violation, directly or indirectly, or assisting in or abetting the violation of, or conspiring to violate, any provision of the practice act or any lawful order of the Board issued pursuant thereto;
(8) Making false statements or representations, being guilty of fraud or deceit in obtaining admission to practice, or being guilty of fraud or deceit in the practice as a Speech Language Pathologist, Audiologist, or Speech Language Pathology Assistant;
(9) Engaging in the practice as a Speech Language Pathologist, Audiologist, or Speech Language Pathology Assistant under a false or assumed name, or the impersonation of another practitioner under a like, similar or different name;
(10) Violation of the continuing education provisions of Rule 1370-01-.12;
(11) Conviction of a felony or any offense involving moral turpitude;
(12) Failing to provide adequate supervision for any Speech Language Pathology Assistant pursuant to Rule 1370-01-.14;
(13) Failing to provide adequate supervision for any Clinical Fellow pursuant to Rule 1370-01-.10;
(14) Failing to provide adequate supervision for any Audiology Clinical Extern pursuant to Rule 1370-01-.10.
(15) Failing to timely register supervision with the Board; and
(16) Supervising a quantity of Speech Language Pathology Assistants, Clinical Fellows, or Audiology Clinical Externs inconsistent with the provisions of Rules 1370-01-.14 and/or 137001-.10.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1370-01-.13
Original rule filed January 31, 2000; effective April 15, 2000. Amendment filed September 11, 2006; effective November 25, 2006. Amendments filed June 8, 2022; effective 9/6/2022.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-17-105, 63-17-110, 63-17-114, 63-17-117, and 63-17-128.

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