Practice Laws & Regulations

Learn more about the laws and regulations that govern our Board and dictate standards of conduct as a licensed provider. 

Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS)                  

Chapter 637B Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Hearing Aid Specialists
The NRS are laws that are enacted by the legislature.

Nevada Administrative Code (NAC)        

Chapter 637B Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Hearing Aid Specialists
The NAC outline how laws are administered.

ADOPTED REVISIONS TO NAC 637B

The Board has adopted revisions to sections of NAC 637B that are effective but not yet codified and as such, cannot be found in the NAC link above: 
 
R108-23: Revision to NAC Chapter 637B. NEW Effective June 20, 2024
Summary of changes: 
  • Section 1: NAC 637B.030: Increases the hearing aid dispensing practical examination fee from $200 to $250.
  • Section 2: NAC 637B.0365: Eliminates the requirement for a Reinstatement Application to include certification by AAA, ASHA, or NBC-HIS.
  • Section 3: NAC 637B.0373: Authorizes the Board, under certain circumstances, to approve and accept a passing score on the written hearing aid dispensing examination taken within the past 24 months (extended from 12 months).
  • Section 4: NAC 637B.0385: Allows the Board to provide by mail or electronic mail any notice to a licensee that is required by law or regulation.
  • Section 5: NAC 637B.0392: Eliminates the provision that the Board will maintain a list of approved programs of academic training for Hearing Aid Specialist Apprentices.
  • Section 6: NAC 637B.0442: Makes a conforming change to refer to an unlicensed assistant rather than an office assistant, aide, or technician.
  • Section 7: NAC 637B.0442: Amends/expands the duties that may be delegated by a hearing aid specialist or dispensing audiologist to an unlicensed assistant.
  • Sections 8 and 9: NAC 637B.0444-045: Eliminate obsolete references to the repealed federal regulation regarding medical evaluation or waiver for hearing aids.
  • Section 9: NAC 637B.700: Repeals the requirement that all formal written communications and documents be addressed to the Board and not to individual members of the Board or its staff.
R064-21: Revision to Continuing Education Requirement in NAC 637B.400Effective June 13, 2022. 
The change revised NAC 637B.400 to reduce, from 15 hours to 10 hours, the total number of hours of continuing education required for the renewal of a license. Of those 10 hours, the revision adds a requirement that at least 1 of the 10 hours relate to ethics, cultural competence, cultural humility, culturally responsive practices or diversity, equity and inclusion. If a licensee is a dispensing audiologist, at least 3 of the 10 hours must relate directly to the practice of fitting and dispensing hearing aids.
 
R095-19: Revision to NAC Chapter 637BEffective June 8, 2020. 
Summary of changes: 
  • Sec. 2. NEW: Clarifies existing NRS language regarding the exemption from licensure by defining “practice within scope of credential” issued by the Department of Education. 
  • Sec. 3. NEW: Establishes parameters from NRS for issuing citations to cease and desist and assessing administrative fines for violation of law for practicing without a valid license or endorsement, as well as a waiver of an                         administrative fine for “good cause”. 
  • Sec. 4. NEW: Grants the Board authority to consider requiring applicants take and pass a Jurisprudence Examination as a condition for initial license or reinstatement of an expired license. 
  • Sec. 5. NEW: Establishes a 30-day waiting period between attempts for the hearing aid dispensing practical examination.
  • Sec. 6. REVISED: Allows an individual who wishes to reinstate and Apprentice license credit for up to two (2) years of in-service training completed during the initial license period. 
  • Sec. 7. REVISED: Clarifies existing regulation language to require that a sponsor and an apprentice shall have the same employer.

Sections of the NAC that may be of particular interest to licensees and the public:

Professional Conduct and Responsibilities to Clients
Visit NAC subsections of interest regarding professional conduct:
Unlicensed Practice
Learn more about our laws prohibiting unlicensed practice:

Learn more about the Board's authority to investigate violations of NRS 637B and NAC 637B regarding both complaints against licensees and unlicensed practice. 

Optional Jurisprudence Exam

NEW - Test Your Knowledge of Nevada Practice Laws & Regulations! The Board is working to develop a Jurisprudence Exam that is proposed to be required for renewals and all new applicants in the future. To prepare, we have developed an OPTIONAL exam, and encourage all new applicants and renewing licensees to test their knowledge of our practice laws and regulations.

TAKE THE EXAM: https://www.nvspeechhearing.org/about/laws-regs/jpexam.asp

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