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.
Audiology (Began January 1, 2015)
- Doctoral degree from an accredited academic program
- Completion of supervised professional experience
- Passage of an examination
Note: Audiologists who dispense hearing aids must obtain a hearing
aid dealer certificate, but are not required to take the qualifying
examination. Audiologists may fit hearing aids under an audiology license.
Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology
- Master's degree from an accredited academic program
- Three hundred seventy-five hour clinical practicum
- Completion of a supervised professional experience (1,260 hours within 2 years)
- Passage of an examination
- Physicians and surgeons
- Trained employees under direction of a physician doing hearing testing
- Hearing aid fitters
- Department of Education credentialed employees of public, private or chartered schools
- Students or trainees appropriately designated as such
- Federal employees
- Any licensed person engaged in the profession for which they are licensed
- Non-residents who are licensed in another state with equivalent standards may provide services for no more than 5 days in any calendar year in cooperation with a state-licensed practitioner.
- Organizations engaged in the practice of speech-language pathology, audiology or teaching the hearing impaired as long as it employs such licensed individuals to provide the direct practice,however, such organizations or corporations must file a certification with the Board that it submits itself to the rules and regulations of the Board.
The Board may waive the education and examination requirements for:
- Applicants licensed in another state with equivalent standards
- Certificate of Clinical Competence holders
- Individuals with a bachelor's degree in speech language pathology, audiology or teaching the hearing impaired, who has been employed in this area for at least 9 months within 3 years prior to date of statute enactment (1982–1985).
A provisional license will be granted to applicants who:
- Have met the speech-language pathology licensure requirements except for supervised professional experience or who are completing the supervised professional experience necessary to receive an ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence;
- Have met the audiology licensure requirements or are completing an additional post-graduate professional experience;
- Hold a valid license in another state.
Twenty clock hours of continuing education per biennial renewal period.
Department of State, Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs, State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language and Hearing
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.