459.24(3)(d)1. 1. Received a master's degree in audiology from a college or university approved by the examining board, or has completed education or training that the examining board determines is substantially equivalent to the completion of those requirements. This subdivision does not apply to applications received after December 31, 2009.
459.24(3)(d)2. 2. Submits evidence satisfactory to the examining board that he or she possesses a doctoral degree in audiology from an accredited academic institution approved by the examining board by rule. The doctoral degree program must consist of not less than 3 years of educational course work and not less than 12 months of clinical rotation or externship. This subdivision applies to applications received after December 31, 2009.
459.24(3)(d)3. 3. Submits evidence satisfactory to the examining board that he or she has completed education or training that the examining board determines is substantially equivalent to the requirements under subd. 2. This subdivision applies to applications received after December 31, 2009.
459.24(3)(e) (e) Submits evidence satisfactory to the examining board that he or she has passed the examinations selected or approved by the examining board by rule under s. 459.26 (2) (am), or has completed education or training that the examining board determines is substantially equivalent to the examinations selected or approved by the examining board under s. 459.26 (2) (am).
459.24(3)(em) (em) Passes an examination under s. 459.26 (2) (b).
459.24(3)(f) (f) Submits evidence satisfactory to the examining board that he or she has completed a postgraduate clinical fellowship in audiology approved by the examining board or has completed education or training that the examining board determines is substantially equivalent to the completion of such a fellowship. This paragraph applies to applications received on or before December 31, 2009.
459.24(3m) (3m)Fitting and sale of hearing aids. An audiologist licensed under this subchapter or an individual granted a permit to practice audiology under this subchapter who engages in the practice of fitting and dealing in hearing aids shall do all of the following:
459.24(3m)(a) (a) Deliver to each person supplied with a hearing aid a receipt. The receipt shall contain the signature and show the business address, license or permit title, and number of the licensee or permittee, together with specifications as to the make and model of the hearing aid and full terms of sale clearly stated. If a hearing aid that is not new is sold, the receipt and the container must be clearly marked as "used" or "reconditioned", whichever is applicable. The terms of the guarantee, if there is any given, shall be set out in not less than 8-point type.
459.24(3m)(b) (b) Give to a purchaser of a hearing aid a personal guarantee that is at least identical in its terms to the guarantee given by the manufacturer of the hearing aid.
459.24(4) (4)Posting of license. Each person issued a license under this subchapter to practice speech-language pathology or audiology shall post the license in a conspicuous place in the licensee's place of business.
459.24(5) (5)Expiration and renewal. The renewal dates for licenses granted under this subchapter, other than temporary licenses granted under sub. (6), are specified in s. 440.08 (2) (a). Renewal applications shall be submitted to the department on a form provided by the department and shall include all of the following:
459.24(5)(a) (a) The renewal fee determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a).
459.24(5)(b) (b) Proof that the applicant completed, within the 2 years immediately preceding the date of his or her application, 20 hours of continuing education programs or courses of study approved or required under rules promulgated under sub. (5m). This paragraph does not apply to an applicant for renewal of a license that expires on the first renewal date after the date on which the examining board initially granted the license.
459.24(5m) (5m)Continuing education.
459.24(5m)(a)(a) The examining board shall do all of the following:
459.24(5m)(a)1. 1. Promulgate rules establishing the criteria for approval of continuing education programs or courses of study required for renewal of a license under sub. (5) and the criteria for approval of the sponsors and cosponsors of continuing education programs or courses of study.
459.24(5m)(a)2. 2. Approve continuing education programs and courses of study in accordance with the criteria established under subd. 1.
459.24(5m)(a)3. 3. In consultation with the department, promulgate rules that do each of the following:
459.24(5m)(a)3.a. a. Require each person granted a speech-language pathologist license to whom sub. (5) (b) applies to complete a specified continuing education program or course of study to ensure competence with respect to a matter related to the practice of speech-language pathology if the examining board has received a significant number of consumer complaints about the matter or if the examining board otherwise determines there is a need for such a requirement.
459.24(5m)(a)3.b. b. Require each person granted an audiologist license to whom sub. (5) (b) applies to complete a specified continuing education program or course of study to ensure competence with respect to a matter related to the practice of audiology if the examining board has received a significant number of consumer complaints about the matter or if the examining board determines there is a need for such a requirement.
459.24(5m)(b) (b) Rules promulgated under par. (a) 3. shall establish criteria for the examining board's approval of the specified continuing education program or course of study and of sponsors and cosponsors of the continuing education program or course of study. The rules shall also require the examining board to administer, prior to the continuing education program or course of study, an examination on the matter that is the subject of the continuing education program or course of study and to waive a requirement to complete the continuing education program or course of study if a person granted a license under this subchapter passes the examination. A person who takes an examination specified in this paragraph shall pay the fee specified in s. 440.05 (1) (b).
459.24(6) (6)Temporary license.
459.24(6)(a)(a) Upon application, the examining board may grant a temporary license to practice speech-language pathology during the completion of the postgraduate fellowship required under sub. (2) (f) if the applicant practices under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist licensed under sub. (2), satisfies the requirements under sub. (2) (a) to (d) and has submitted an application to take the next available examination for licensure as a speech-language pathologist under s. 459.26 (2) (a).
459.24(6)(b)1.1. Upon application, the examining board may grant a temporary license to practice audiology during the completion of the postgraduate fellowship required under sub. (3) (f) if the applicant practices under the supervision of an audiologist licensed under sub. (3), satisfies the requirements under sub. (3) (a) to (d), and has submitted an application to take the next available examinations for licensure as an audiologist under s. 459.26 (2) (b). No license may be issued under this paragraph after December 31, 2009.
459.24(6)(b)2. 2. The examining board may grant a temporary license to practice audiology to an individual who satisfies the requirements under sub. (3) (a) to (e).
459.24(6)(c) (c) A temporary license granted under this subsection is valid for a period designated in rules promulgated by the examining board. The rules may designate a period that terminates if an applicant fails to take the next available examination under s. 459.26 (2) (a) or (b) for reasons other than inaction by the examining board or hardship. A temporary license granted under par. (a) may be renewed once by the examining board. A temporary license granted under par. (b) may be renewed once by the examining board if the applicant fails an examination for audiologist licensure under s. 459.26 (2) (b) and applies to take the next available examination or if the applicant shows, to the satisfaction of the examining board, sufficient cause for the renewal. An applicant for a temporary license shall pay the fee specified in s. 440.05 (6).
459.24 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. HAS 6, 7, and 8, Wis. adm. code.
459.26 459.26 Examination.
459.26(1)(1) The examining board shall conduct examinations for speech-language pathologist and audiologist licensure at least semiannually and at times and places determined by the examining board. The examining board shall provide public notice of each examination at least 60 days before the date of the examination.
459.26(2) (2)
459.26(2)(a)(a) Examinations for speech-language pathologists shall consist of the examinations required for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American speech-language-hearing association or may consist of other written tests that require applicants to demonstrate minimum competency in services and subjects substantially related to the practice of speech-language pathology and that are substantially equivalent to the examinations required for such certification.
459.26(2)(am) (am) The examining board shall by rule select and approve examinations for audiology.
459.26(2)(b) (b) An applicant for an audiologist license shall also complete an examination administered by the examining board that consists of practical tests of proficiency in techniques that pertain to the fitting of hearing aids, including the following:
459.26(2)(b)1. 1. Pure tone audiometry, including air conduction testing and bone conduction testing.
459.26(2)(b)2. 2. Live voice or recorded voice speech audiometry including speech reception threshold testing and most comfortable loudness measurements and measurements of tolerance thresholds.
459.26(2)(b)3. 3. Masking when indicated.
459.26(2)(b)4. 4. Recording and evaluation of audiograms and speech audiometry to determine proper selection and adaptation of a hearing aid.
459.26(2)(b)5. 5. Taking ear mold impressions.
459.26(2)(c) (c) The examining board may waive the requirement to complete the examination specified in par. (b) if it determines that an applicant for an audiologist license has completed education or training that is substantially equivalent to completing the examination.
459.26(3) (3) An individual is not eligible for examination unless he or she, at least 30 days before the date of examination, submits an application for examination to the department on a form provided by the department and pays the fee specified in s. 440.05 (1).
459.26 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. HAS 6, Wis. adm. code.
459.28 459.28 Licensees of other jurisdictions.
459.28(1) (1) Upon application and payment of the fee specified in s. 440.05 (2), the examining board shall do the following:
459.28(1)(a) (a) Grant a license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology under s. 459.24 (2) or (3) to an applicant who holds a current speech-language pathologist or audiologist license in another state or territory of the United States if the examining board determines that the requirements for licensure in the other state or territory are substantially equivalent to the requirements under s. 459.24 (2) or (3).
459.28(1)(b) (b) Notwithstanding s. 459.24 (3) (d), grant a license to practice audiology under s. 459.24 (3) to an applicant who holds a current audiologist license in another state or territory of the United States if the examining board determines all of the following:
459.28(1)(b)1. 1. The requirements for licensure in the other state or territory are substantially equivalent to the requirements under s. 459.24 (3) (c), (e), and (em).
459.28(1)(b)2. 2. The applicant has submitted evidence satisfactory to the examining board that he or she has completed a supervised clinical practicum and received a master's degree in audiology from a college or university approved by the examining board, or has completed education or training that the examining board determines is substantially equivalent to the completion of those requirements.
459.28(2) (2) The examining board may enter into reciprocal agreements with officials of other states or territories of the United States for licensing speech-language pathologists and audiologists and grant licenses to applicants who are licensed in those states or territories according to the terms of the reciprocal agreements.
459.28 History History: 1989 a. 316; 1993 a. 16; 2009 a. 356.
459.28 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. HAS 6 and 7, Wis. adm. code.
459.32 459.32 Limited permit.
459.32(1)(1) Upon application, the examining board shall grant a permit to practice speech-language pathology in association with a speech-language pathologist licensed under s. 459.24 (2), or to practice audiology in association with an audiologist licensed under s. 459.24 (3), to an individual who is not a resident of this state if the individual submits evidence satisfactory to the examining board of having satisfied the requirements for licensure under s. 459.24 (2) (c) and (d) or (3) (c) and (d). The permit shall be valid for the period designated by the examining board, not to exceed 10 days in any calendar year.
459.32(2) (2) Upon application, the examining board shall grant a permit to practice speech-language pathology or audiology to an individual who is not a resident of this state if the individual holds a current speech-language pathologist or audiologist license in another state or territory of the United States and the examining board determines that the requirements for licensure in the other state or territory are substantially equivalent to the requirements under s. 459.24 (2) or (3). The permit shall be valid for the period designated by the examining board, not to exceed 45 days in any calendar year.
459.32(3) (3) An applicant for a limited permit under sub. (1) or (2) shall pay the fee specified in s. 440.05 (6) and, if applicable, an applicant for a limited permit under sub. (2) shall also pay the fee specified in s. 440.05 (1) (b).
459.32 History History: 1989 a. 316; 1993 a. 16; 1997 a. 49.
459.32 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. HAS 6, Wis. adm. code.
459.34 459.34 Disciplinary proceedings and actions.
459.34(1) (1) Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1), the examining board may make investigations and conduct hearings to determine whether a violation of this subchapter or any rule promulgated under this subchapter has occurred.
459.34(2) (2) Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1), the examining board may reprimand a licensee or permittee or deny, limit, suspend or revoke a license or permit under this subchapter if it finds that the applicant, licensee or permittee has done any of the following:
459.34(2)(a) (a) Made a material misstatement in an application for a license or permit or for renewal of a license.
459.34(2)(b) (b) Engaged in conduct in the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology which evidences a lack of knowledge or ability to apply professional principles or skills.
459.34(2)(c) (c) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, been convicted of an offense the circumstances of which substantially relate to the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology.
459.34(2)(ce) (ce) Violated any federal or state statute, rule or regulation that relates to the practice of fitting and dealing in hearing aids. This paragraph does not apply to speech-language pathologists.
459.34(2)(cm) (cm) Failed to conduct a direct observation of the ear canal of a person for whom a hearing aid is purchased. This paragraph does not apply to speech-language pathologists.
459.34(2)(cs) (cs) Sold a hearing aid for use by a person who was not given tests by a hearing instrument specialist or audiologist licensed under this chapter or in another state using appropriate procedures and instrumentation or without proper measurement of the functional intensity and range of the person's hearing. This paragraph does not apply to speech-language pathologists.
459.34(2)(d) (d) Engaged in deceptive advertising.
459.34(2)(e) (e) Advertised, practiced or attempted to practice under another's name.
459.34(2)(f) (f) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.34, practiced speech-language pathology or audiology while the individual's ability to practice was impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
459.34(2)(g) (g) Violated this subchapter or any rule promulgated under this subchapter.
459.34(2)(h) (h) Engaged in unprofessional conduct as defined by rule by the examining board.
459.34(2)(i) (i) Intentionally or negligently misrepresented the cause of a hearing impairment or the cure of a hearing impairment by the use of a hearing aid.
459.34(2)(j) (j) Made an intentional or negligent misrepresentation regarding a hearing aid or services.
459.34(2)(k) (k) Misused the words "doctor," "clinic," "clinical," or other words, abbreviations, or symbols that imply the involvement of the medical or audiology professions in the absence of such involvement.
459.34(2m) (2m)
459.34(2m)(a)(a) An individual whose license or limited permit is limited by the examining board under this subchapter may continue to practice under the license or permit if the individual does all of the following:
459.34(2m)(a)1. 1. Refrains from engaging in unprofessional conduct.
459.34(2m)(a)2. 2. Appears before the examining board or its officers or agents upon each request of the examining board.
459.34(2m)(a)3. 3. Fully discloses to the examining board or its officers or agents the nature of the individual's practice and conduct.
459.34(2m)(a)4. 4. Fully complies with the limits placed on his or her practice and conduct by the examining board.
459.34(2m)(a)5. 5. Obtains any additional training, education or supervision required by the examining board.
459.34(2m)(a)6. 6. Cooperates with all reasonable requests of the examining board.
459.34(2m)(b) (b) The examining board may, as a condition of removing a limitation on a license or limited permit issued under this subchapter or of reinstating a license or limited permit that has been suspended or revoked under this subchapter, require the license or permit holder to obtain minimum results specified by the examining board on one or more physical, mental or professional competency examinations if the examining board determines that obtaining the minimum results is related to correcting one or more of the bases upon which the limitation, suspension or revocation was imposed.
459.34(2m)(c) (c) The examining board may, as a condition of reinstating a license that has been suspended under this subchapter, require the license holder to pass an examination required for initial licensure under s. 459.26 (2).
459.34(3) (3) In addition to or in lieu of a reprimand or denial, limitation, suspension or revocation of a license or permit under sub. (2), the examining board may assess against an applicant, licensee or permittee a forfeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $2,500 for each violation enumerated under sub. (2).
459.34 History History: 1989 a. 316; 1997 a. 49, 191; 2003 a. 270; 2009 a. 356.
459.34 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. HAS 6, Wis. adm. code.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)