Georgia Licensing Requirements for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
The information below is collected from state licensure boards or regulatory agencies responsible for regulating the professions of speech-language pathology and/or audiology. It is intended for informational use only, and should not be construed as legal advice.
Contact the state's licensure board or regulatory agency for exact licensure, certification, or registration requirements in your jurisdiction.
Initial Licensure Requirements
- Doctoral degree in audiology or completed the academic requirement of a doctoral degree program with a major emphasis in audiology from an institution of higher learning that is, or at the time the applicant was enrolled and graduated, was accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or its successor organization
- Clinical practicum: must evidence completion of a post-baccalaureated directly-supervised clinical practicum with cases representative of a wide spectrum of ages and communicative disorders within the first three years of doctoral degree program. Completion of a clinical externship satisfies the requirement of a Required Professional Experience.
- Completed the requirement of full-time professional experience that is equivalent to 12 months full-time supervised clinical practicum. Must be obtained with an accredited program.
- Passage of a Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (Board)-approved national exam
- Demonstrated recency of study through 2 CEUs within 2 years preceding application
Master's degree: earned a master's degree with a major emphasis in audiology that was conferred before January 1, 2007, from an institution of higher learning that was, at the time the applicant was enrolled and graduated, accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or its successor organization; remaining requirements same as those listed below for speech-language pathology.
- Master's or higher degree with a major emphasis in speech-language pathology from an accredited program, which incorporates the academic coursework of 75 semester hours, 36 of which must be earned at the graduate level
- Complete a supervised clinical practicum with experience working with adults and children, in a variety of settings and a variety of communication problems. The experience must be obtained within an accredited program and amount to 375 clock hours of direct supervision and 25 clock hours of observation. At least 325 of the 400 hours must be obtained at the graduate level.
- Complete a required professional experience of no less than nine months of full-time or 18 months of part-time paid clinical experience
- Passage of a national examination approved by the Board
- Recency of study must be demonstrated via two CEUs within two years preceding application.
Any speech-language pathology or audiology applicant who graduated from or is currently enrolled in a program at a university or college outside the United States or Canada shall:
- Present documentation of the determination of equivalency to standards established by the U.S. Department of Education or its successor organization
- Have completed the academic and clinical requirements established by rule of the Board
- The Board may waive the education, practicum, and professional employment experience requirements for an applicant who received a professional education in another country if the Board is satisfied that the applicant has met equivalent requirements and met other requirements established by rule of the Board.
- Speech-language pathologists certified by the Department of Education or Professional Standards Commission while an employee of an educational institution, provided that no fees are charged for the services except for Medicaid
- Students, interns, or clinical fellows
- Hearing aid dealers
- Physicians or physician-supervised persons from conducting hearing testing provided that the physician is on premises when such acts are performed
- Persons performing nondiagnostic infant hearing screening, provided that the individual completes a specific training program under a licensed audiologist; the screening equipment is fully automated; results are determined automatically as "pass or fail;" the licensed audiologist is responsible for training, protocol, administration, and periodic monitoring; and the non-licensed individual may only record patient information; apply earphones, electrodes, or other devices; the initiation of the test; recording of results; and arrangement of referral.
Upon payment of fees, the Board may grant a license without examination to:
- Applicants who hold current licensure in another state with equivalent requirements
- Applicants with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) or American Board of Audiology certification, provided that the applicant otherwise meets the other eligibility requirements
- Applicants from foreign countries must have their credentials evaluated by an independent foreign credential evaluations service including a course-by-course evaluation and an indication of the equivalent highest level of education and must submit it to the Board for verification and comparison to Georgia laws and rules.
Interim Practice/Temporary Licensing
- A temporary license is required for the Paid Clinical Experience/Required Professional Experience Fellowship. Supervisors must be Georgia-licensed or equivalent while holding a CCC and may supervise only 2 fellows at a time. The license is valid for 1 year and may be renewed once.
- The Board may establish a mechanism to provide for inactive status licenses to applicants.
Continuing Education for Licensure Renewal
Twenty clock hours or 2.0 CEUs per biennium. Dual license holders must complete 2.0 CEUs per biennium in each field.
Professional Licensing Boards Division of Secretary of State, Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
The Board shall comprised eight persons appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate; appointments may be made from lists of names submitted by the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Georgia Organization for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists, Georgia Academy of Audiology and the Georgia Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery or other interested persons; three members shall be licensed speech-language pathologists and three members shall be licensed audiologists, one member shall be a board-certified otolaryngologist of the state and one shall be a lay person.
Any person in this state or physically located in another state or foreign country who, using telecommunications and information technologies through which speech-language pathology information and auditory-vestibular system information or data is transmitted, performs an act that is part of a patient care service located in this state, including but not limited to any measures of speech-language pathology or auditory-vestibular system function or hearing instrument selection, fitting, or dispensing that would affect the diagnosis or treatment of the patient is engaged in the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology in this state and as such must be required to have a state license and shall be subject to regulation by the Board. No out-of-state or foreign practitioner shall have ultimate authority over the speech-language or auditory-vestibular system health care of a patient who is located in this state. Any such practitioner in this state, another state, or a foreign country shall abide by the rules of the Board. This section does not apply to the following:
- The acts of a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist located in another state or foreign country who provides consultation at the request of a state licensee
- The acts of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist licensed in another state/country who provides consultation services without compensation, remuneration and without altering, adjusting or manipulating hearing aid device controls or provides consultation services to a graduate school located in this state and approved by the Board or when invited as the guest of a graduate school or institution of higher learning for the sole purpose of engaging in professional education through lectures, clinics, or demonstrations
- This section shall not be construed to alter the scope of practice of any health care provider or authorize the delivery of health care services in a setting or in a manner not authorized by the laws of this state.
- All persons subject to the provisions of this Code section shall be required to comply with all applicable requirements of the laws of this state relation to the maintenance of patient records and the confidentiality of patient information regardless of where such speech-language pathologist or audiologist may be located and regardless of where or how the records of any patient located in this state are maintained.
The information contained herein was collected and summarized annually. For detailed information on state licensure requirements, contact the state board and visit this website:
Georgia Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
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