American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

District of Columbia 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. Master's or doctoral degree in audiology from a recognized educational institution whose program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA), an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent accrediting body as determined by the Board.
  2. Complete a period of supervised experience. AuD candidates must complete 1,820 hours of clinical practice under general supervision. PhD or master's candidates shall complete a nine months, 30 hours per week, or the part-time equivalent of supervised experience within 2 years and complete it within 3 1/2 years. The Board may accept ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) or American Board of Audiology certification as meeting the requirements for supervised experience.
  3. Passage of a National Exam (Praxis II) 

Speech-Language Pathology

  1. Master's or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology from a recognized educational institution whose program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA); an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent accrediting body as determined by the Board.
  2. Clinical fellowship: completion of nine months, 30 hours per week, or the part-time equivalent of supervised experience which shall commence within 2 years from the date of conferral of the degree and be completed within 3 1/2 years. The Board may accept the CCC as meeting the requirements for clinical fellowship.
  3. Passage of a National Exam (Praxis II)

Exemptions

  1. Does not include the practice of medicine or osteopathic medicine or persons to whom a task is delegated by a licensed physician in the normal practice of medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  2. School speech-language pathologists or audiologists working in accordance with the regulations of the D.C. Board of Education.

Reciprocity

The Board may issue a license by endorsement to an audiologist or speech language pathologist who has a valid, unrestricted license in good standing from another jurisdiction with standards that are substantially equivalent to D.C.'s requirements.

Interim Practice

A graduate student in audiology may practice in the District if (a) the practice is part of an audiology educational program and (b) practice is only under the direct supervision of an audiologist licensed in the District. This does not apply to an AuD student completing their supervised experience.
A graduate student in speech-language pathology whose practice fulfills the education requirements required by the Board, may practice under the direct supervision of a speech-language pathologist licensed in the District.

Continuing Education

Licensees must complete 20 hours of continuing education during a two year period. One hour must be in ethics. Dual licensees must complete 30 hours of continuing education during the two year period including one hour of ethics. Five hours of continuing education must be in each discipline.

Telepractice

For information on District of Columbia telepractice requirements, visit State Telepractice Requirements.

Board Oversight

Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

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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