American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Mississippi 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. 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 and Speech Language Pathology

  1. Master's degree with a major emphasis in speech-language pathology, audiology, communicative disorders, or speech and hearing science or equivalent from an ASHA-accredited program or any other national accrediting body recognized by the State Board of Health.
  2. Completion of nine months of supervised professional employment; for applicants with a doctoral degree, the supervised professional employment may be met prior to the awarding of the degree if it is part of the course of study. If not, the supervised professional employment shall begin after the degree is awarded.
  3. Passage of the national examination in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Exemptions

  1. Physicians or physician-supervised personnel who conduct hearing testing
  2. Hearing aid dispensers
  3. Federal employees
  4. Public and private school employees
  5. Students appropriately designated as speech-language pathology or audiology interns or trainees
  6. Hearing tester employed by a private industry or firm for services relative to its employees and employment practices
  7. Persons licensed in Mississippi practicing within the scope of their profession
  8. Volunteers, within the confines of the organization for which they work

Reciprocity

  1. The Board may waive the examination for licensure for any applicant currently licensed in another state with equivalent standards.
  2. The Board shall waive the examination for licensure for any applicant who is a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) holder.

Interim Practice

  1. The Board shall issue a temporary license to an applicant who fulfills all requirements for licensure except for the supervised professional employment and/or the exam; applicants who have completed the supervised professional employment but have not passed the exam in another jurisdiction are not eligible for a license of any type until an exam is passed.
  2. A nonresident who meets the qualifications for licensure may offer speech-language pathology or audiology services for no more than five days in any calendar year if provided in cooperation with a state licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist.
  3. A nonresident licensed under the laws of another state with equivalent requirements or who holds a CCC may offer speech-language pathology or audiology services for no more than 30 days in any calendar year if provided in cooperation with a state licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

Continuing Education

Twenty contact hours or two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are required per two-year renewal period. Excess hours may not be carried over from one renewal period to the next; 10 hours must be directly related to clinical practice.

Telepractice

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

Regulatory Oversight

Mississippi Department of Health, Professional Licensure Division

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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