American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Tennessee 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

Applicants for licensure as an audiologist on or after January 1, 2009, must possess

  1. a doctoral degree with an emphasis in audiology or hearing science from an accredited institution; and
  2. a current Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA

or

  1. Complete 1,820 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum by a licensed audiologist or ASHA or American Board of Audiology (ABA) certified audiologist; and
  2. Pass Praxis test

The doctoral degree requirement shall not apply to audiologists licensed in Tennessee or any other state prior to January 1, 2009.

Speech-Language Pathology

Applicants for licensure as a speech-language pathologists must possess

  1. at least a master's degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited institution; and
  2. a current CCC from ASHA

or

  1. Successfully complete and document a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum from an accredited institution recognized by ASHA;
  2. Complete a clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology; and
  3. Pass Praxis test

Note: Audiologists and SLPs must pay a state privilege tax.

Exemptions

  1. Licensed persons performing within their scope of practice
  2. Department of Education credentialed speech and hearing specialists
  3. Federal employees
  4. Students appropriately designated speech-language pathology or audiology interns or trainees
  5. Physicians
  6. Non-residents who are not licensed in this state may provide speech-language pathology or audiology services if such services are performed for not more than 5 days in any calendar year and the person meets the requirements for licensure in this state
  7. Non-residents who are licensed in another state may offer services for not more than 30 days per calendar year provided that the person meets current Tennessee state licensure requirements
  8. The activities and services of a speech language pathologist or audiologist obtaining their year of paid professional experience under supervision of a licensed or ASHA certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist
  9. Persons performing audiometric tests under direct physician supervision

Reciprocity

The Board shall waive the examination requirement for those applicants licensed in another state with equivalent standards.

Interim Practice

Board registration is required for:

  1. clinical externs; registration is effective for 15 continuous months; length of externship is set by the accredited institution; work must be performed under a licensed ASHA certified or ABA certified audiologist and supervisors shall supervise no more than two clinical externs concurrently.
  2. clinical fellows; term is no less than nine months and no more than one year for master's degrees and four years for doctoral degrees; supervising licensees shall supervise no more than three Clinical Fellows concurrently.

Continuing Education

Licensees must complete ten hours of continuing education per calendar year. Dual licensees must complete 20 hours of continuing education per year distributed equally between each specialty.

Telepractice

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

Board Oversight

Board of Communications Disorders and Sciences

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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