American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Arizona Licensing Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

The information below is collected from state licensure boards or regulatory agencies responsible for regulating the professions of speech-language pathology and/or audiology. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Initial Licensure

Audiology

  1. Doctoral degree from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university in an accredited program consistent with the standards of this state's universities
  2. Passage of an examination
  3. Provide statement of citizenship and immigration status
  4. Not have had a license revoked or suspended by a state within the past two years and not ineligible for licensure in any state due to a prior revocation or suspension

Any person who holds a license must notify the director of the Speech and Hearing Professionals Advisory Committee in writing of the address where the person engages in audiology, speech-language pathology, or the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids.

Speech-Language Pathology

  1. A master's degree in speech-language pathology or the equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university consistent with the standards of this state’s universities
  2. Completion of a supervised clinical practicum
  3. Completion of a postgraduate professional experience in the field of speech-language pathology approved by the director.
  4. Passage of an exam
  5. Provide statement of Citizenship and immigration status
  6. Not have had a license revoked or suspended by a state within the past two years and not ineligible for licensure in any state due to a prior revocation or suspension

Any person who holds a license must notify the director of the Speech and Hearing Professionals Advisory Committee in writing of the address where the person engages in audiology, speech-language pathology, or the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids.

Exemptions

  1. A person engaged in the practice of recommending hearing aids if such practice is part of the academic curriculum of an accredited institution of higher education or part of a program conducted by a public or charitable institution or nonprofit supported by voluntary contributions unless they sell hearing aids.
  2. A person engaged in the practice of measuring human hearing for the purpose of selection of hearing aids provided that the person or employer does not sell hearing aids or hearing aid accessories.
  3. Any (Title 32) Arizona licensed or certified health care professional
  4. Employees of a local education agency or state-supported institution who hold a temporary or standard certificate in speech and language therapy awarded by the State Board of Education
  5. Teachers of the deaf
  6. Audiology or speech-pathology students, interns, or trainees
  7. A person conducting school hearing screening programs

Reciprocity

The state may issue a license to a person currently licensed in another state that has standards at least equivalent to Arizona. The person shall pass an exam in jurisprudence and ethics within six months.

  1. The Department of Health Services may waive the exam requirement if
    (i) the applicant is currently licensed in a state, district, or U.S. territory that has standards that are at least equivalent to Arizona, or
    (ii) the applicant holds a CCC in speech-language pathology.
  2. The Department of Health Services will waive the education and clinical rotation requirements for an audiology license if the applicant
    (i) is licensed in a state that has standards that are equivalent to those of Arizona,
    (ii) has a master's degree in audiology from an accredited program before Dec. 31, 2007, and has completed postgraduate professional experience as approved by the director of the Department of Health Services. 
  3. The Department of Health Services shall waive the audiology exam if
    (i) the applicant is licensed and practicing audiology in this state or another that has standards that are equivalent,
    (ii) the applicant is currently practicing under an agency of the U.S. government or another state and holds a certificate in audiology from a recognized credentialing body approved by the director of the Department of Health Services.

Interim Practice

  1. The Department of Health Services may issue a temporary license to a person who does not meet the professional experience requirement if the applicant meets all remaining requirements and includes with the application a plan for meeting the postgraduate professional experience.
  2. A person issued a temporary license shall only practice under the supervision of a state licensed individual.
  3. A temporary license may be renewed only once.

Continuing Education

Effective 2014, continuing education requirements for the new licensing period will increase to 20 hours within the prior 24 months.

Telepractice

Arizona does not currently regulate telepractice. For information on states that do regulate telepractice, visit State Telepractice Requirements.

Board Oversight

Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Special Licensing

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathologists and audiologist, please visit these websites:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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