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Oklahoma 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

Audiologist

  1. A post-baccalaureate residential or a post-master's distance education professional doctor of audiology degree (AuD), a doctor of philosophy degree (PhD) with emphasis in audiology, or its equivalent as determined by the Board of Examiners, from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Applicants with a post-baccalaureate residential professional degree (AuD) must demonstrate completion of 1,820 supervised clinical hours.
  3. Applicants with a post-master's distance education professional degree (AuD) or PhD must provide evidence of a minimum of 350 supervised clinical practicum hours and no less than nine months of full-time, paid clinical experience.
  4. Pass examinations approved by the Board of Examiners. Only the Board has the power to determine whether an exam has been passed or failed.
  5. Attest to status as a U.S. citizen, a U.S. state non-citizen national, or a qualified alien.
  6. Have not committed any acts for which disciplinary action may be justified.
  7. A minimum of three references from licensed, ASHA certified or equivalent credentialed audiologists is required in support of each application. 
  8. Criminal background check and citizenship affidavit are required.

Speech-Language Pathologist

  1. Master's degree or equivalent with a major emphasis in speech-language pathology from a regionally accredited academic institution offering a graduate program in speech-language pathology that meets or exceeds prevailing national standards
  2. Completion of a supervised clinical practicum experience of 400 clock hours; 375 must be in direct client contact and 25 in clinical observation; at least 325 of the hours must be completed in a graduate study program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation. 
  3. Completion of a supervised nine month, full-time, paid, postgraduate professional experience as approved by the Board of Examiners
  4. Clinical experience interns must be supervised by a speech-language pathologist licensed for a minimum of two years; each supervisor may accept a maximum of two interns.
  5. Pass examinations approved by the Board of Examiners
  6. Attest to status as a U.S. citizen, a U.S. non-citizen national, or a qualified alien
  7. Have not committed any acts for which disciplinary action may be justified
  8. A minimum of three references from licensed, ASHA certified or equivalent credentialed speech-language pathologist is required in support of each application
  9. Criminal background check and citizenship affidavit are required

Exemptions

  1. Federal, state, county or municipal government employees
  2. Hearing aid dealers/fitters
  3. Physicians and persons under their direct supervision
  4. Teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing certified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education or the Council on Education of the Deaf
  5. Hearing screeners associated with charitable organizations
  6. A nonresident may practice up to seven days in any calendar year if the person's education/experience is substantially equivalent to state requirements.
  7. Any licensed persons from engaging in the profession for which they are licensed

Reciprocity

  1. Individuals licensed in another state or country with equivalent standards shall have the exam waived and be granted a license.
  2. The Board of Examiners may waive the request for transcripts, the clinical experience and the exam and grant a license to CCC holders.

Interim Practice

  1. Applicants fulfilling the supervised clinical experience must obtain a license.
  2. Applicants that meet the requirements for licensure are eligible for a temporary license, following a credentials review, that is valid until the next regular Board of Examiners meeting.

Continuing Education

20 clock hours per two-year period

Telepractice

For information on Oklahoma telepractice requirements, visit State Telepractice Requirements.

Board Oversight

Oklahoma Board of Examiners for 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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