No person may practice speech-language pathology or audiology without a license, unless you are in an exempt setting.
See Section 40-67-300 for exempt setting.
A speech-language pathology intern or assistant may only practice under the direct supervision of speech-language pathologist, and an audiology intern may only practice under the direct supervision of audiologist as specified by the board.
A license must be issued independently in either speech-language pathology or Audiology and is valid for two years.
A Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology license must be renewed biennially. Licenses expire on March 31 of the second year.
A license application received after December 31 of the second year is valid for the next licensure period.
A license application received before December 31 of the second year is valid for the current period only.
To be licensed by the board as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist an individual must:
- Have earned a post-graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology from a school or program determined by the board to be equivalent to those accredited by the Council on Professional Standards of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA);
- Have passed an exam approved by the board
- Completed supervised professional employment (defined in regulation as a minimum of 30 hours a week of professional employment in speech-language pathology or Audiology for at least nine months whether or not for wages or other compensation under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist licensed under this chapter); or
- Meet ASHA's Standards for Certificate of Clinical Competence, or its equivalent as approved by the board, in speech-language pathology or Audiology in effect at the time of application; OR
- Have a current ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence or its equivalent as approved by the board.
Please read and follow all instructions carefully. As applicant, you assume full responsibility for filing a fully completed application. The Board will not request references or verifications.
Current holders of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence only need to complete and submit Items 1, 2 and 3 listed below.
All others must complete and submit or have submitted all items.
1. Fully completed a notarized application accompanied by the appropriate fee amount (see Fee Schedule following). Incomplete applications will be not be processed.
2. Verification of current Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. Letters from ASHA verifying current certification must be mailed directly to this office. Photocopies are not acceptable.
3. Verification of licensure in another state. If you are currently licensed or have been previously licensed in another state, you must request that state to send verification of your licensure status directly to our office. Failure to do so can result in the delay of the application or license being processed.
4. Official Transcripts of all college work done. Transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and the signature of the Registrar. Course titles must be descriptive of the course work. Transcripts must be submitted directly to the Board by the institution and must show that the degree has been awarded.
5. Verification of Supervised Clinical Experience. Written verification of the completion of 350 clock hours within the training institution or in one of its cooperating programs of supervised, direct clinical experience with individuals presenting a variety of disorders of communication must be presented. Verification must be submitted with initial application.
6. Verification of Successful Supervised Professional Experience. Written verification from employers or supervisors of nine months of full-time properly supervised (whether or not for wages or other compensation) professional employment pertinent to the license being sought must be presented. This experience must follow the completion of all course requirements and clinical experience.
7. Educational Testing Service Examination Score. The minimum acceptable score is 600. The examination results, in the appropriate area of licensure, must be sent directly to the Board by the Educational Testing Service.