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ASSISTANTS CERTIFICATION
ASHA Assistants Certification Program Year-One
Accomplishments
Audiology Assistant Scope of Practice, Survey Results, and
Supervisor Resources
As the ASHA Assistants Certification
Program grows, we've begun to see the
impact that a certification can have on
the professions and the opportunities
it can provide for assistants and
audiologists alike. During the first full
year of the program, ASHA certified
more than 350 assistants, including
22 audiology assistants; worked with
several states to acknowledge the
certification; developed an audiology
assistant scope of practice; and
conducted a nationwide survey of
assistants.
Perhaps one of the greatest feats of
2021 was the creation of the Audiology
Assistants Scope of Practice-a model
for the training, use, and supervision
of support personnel in audiology. This
is the first of its kind in the 60+ years
since ASHA first addressed the topic of
audiology assistants!
Developed by the ASHA Audiology
Assistants Scope of Practice Ad
Hoc Committee, reviewed by
audiologists and audiology assistants,
and approved by the ASHA
Board of Directors, the document
is intended to provide guidance
for audiology assistants and their
supervisors regarding ethical
considerations related to their practice
parameters. The scope not only details
guidance on what is within and outside
the scope of an audiology assistant
but also specifies the qualifications
for their role and the supervisory
responsibilities of the audiologist.
Standards, licensure, and practice
issues vary from state to state, but this
document delineates ASHA's policy.
Another valuable resource is the
2021 Audiology and SpeechLanguage
Pathology Assistants
Survey Results. The survey gathered
responses from assistants nationwide-
regardless of whether they were
ASHA-certified. Results give
practical insight into the audiology
assistant profession, including daily/
weekly/monthly task details,
qualifications, benefits, and future
desires. This survey will be fielded every
other year to analyze the strengths
and needs of the assistant professions
as the ASHA Assistants Certification
Program continues to expand.
Interested in learning more about
supervision of audiology assistants
or students? Make sure your ASHA
account is up to date by selecting
" Employment Information " under
" Manage Your Information " in your
account. Questions? Email assistants@
asha.org.
Emma Crutchfield,
Manager, Member and
Affiliate Communications,
ASHA
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