American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Nebraska 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

  1. Proof of citizenship or immigration status
  2. Doctoral degree or equivalent from an academic program approved by the Board
  3. 36 weeks of full-time professional experience
  4. Passage of the Praxis exam
  5. Completion of a jurisprudence exam is recommended but not required

Speech Language Pathology

  1. Proof of citizenship or immigration status
  2. Master's degree, doctoral degree or equivalent from an academic program approved by the Board
  3. 36 weeks of full-time professional experience
  4. Passage of a Praxis exam
  5. Completion of a jurisprudence exam is recommended but not required

Exemptions

  1. Federal employees
  2. Physicians; individuals delegated responsibilities under supervision
  3. Hearing instrument specialist
  4. Persons credentialed by the State Department of Education
  5. Students appropriately designated as speech-language pathology or audiology interns or trainees
  6. Speech aides or other personnel employed by a public school, educational service unit, or other private or public educational institution working under the direct supervision of a credentialed speech language pathologist.

Reciprocity/Endorsement

  1. The Board may approve without examination any individual licensed in another state or territory of the United States with equivalent standards.
  2. If licensed in another jurisdiction, not currently practicing and the applicant passed exam more than three years prior, the applicant must show evidence of 50 hours of continuing education within three years preceding application.
  3. Reciprocity can be granted with certification by a nationwide professional accrediting organization recognized as such by the Board ("nationwide professional accrediting organization" is defined as "ASHA or equivalent"), and proof of citizenship or immigration status, and completion of a jurisprudence exam suggested not required.

Interim Practice

  1. Nonresidents may provide audiology or speech-language pathology services for no more than 30 days if the applicant meets the qualifications for application for licensure and such person is working under a licensee, and registers with the Board prior to the initiation of services.
  2. A temporary license to practice audiology or speech-language pathology may be granted to persons who establish residence in Nebraska and who meet all the requirements for a license except passage of the examination. Such temporary license shall be valid only until the date of the next exam and shall not be renewed.
  3. A temporary license may be granted to persons who meet all the requirements for a license except completion of the professional experience. Such temporary license shall be valid only until the completion of such professional experience or 18 months, whichever is first, and shall not be renewed.

Continuing Education

Twenty clock hours of continuing education are required per two year cycle.

Telepractice

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

Board Oversight

Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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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