Qualified Speech-Language Pathologist Law and Legal Definition

A qualified speech-language pathologist is an individual with a master's or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology providing prevention, screening, consultation, assessment and diagnosis, treatment, intervention, management, counseling, and follow-up services for disorders of speech, language, swallowing or other upper aero-digestive functions such as infant feeding and aeromechanical events, cognitive aspects of communication and sensory awareness related to communication, swallowing, or other upper aero-digestive functions.

The term "qualified speech-language pathologist" is defined under 42 USCS § 1395x (ll)(4)(A) as an individual with a master's or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology who:

(i) is licensed as a speech-language pathologist by the State in which the individual furnishes such services, or

(ii) in the case of an individual who furnishes services in a State which does not license speech-language pathologists, has successfully completed 350 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum (or is in the process of accumulating such supervised clinical experience), performed not less than 9 months of supervised full-time speech-language pathology services after obtaining a master's or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology or a related field, and successfully completed a national examination in speech-language pathology approved by the Secretary.