Application Information

Upon initial licensure, an applicant is granted a 60 day grace period to work while his/her initial application is being processed, after receipt of a clear criminal background check.  No additional grace period may be granted to an applicant.  Upon receipt of a completed application packet, a letter will be sent to applicant via first class mail granting such grace period. 

Effective May 1, 2019, all new and reinstatement applicants who wish to obtain licensure from the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (the “Board”) are required to submit a completed state and federal criminal background check to the Board office.  Criminal background reports generated for or by another agency cannot be accepted to satisfy this requirement.  The Board is not permitted to issue a grace period or license until the results of the report and a completed application have been received.  Completion time varies from 1 to 8 weeks, depending on circumstances.  Criminal history rap sheet findings will extend the completion time.  Note that inadequate fingerprints and incorrect payment amount (either too much or too little) will result in delays with the Louisiana State Police (LSP).  Background checks are only valid for 90 days upon receipt from the Louisiana State Police (LSP) without an application submitted to the Board.  If 90 days passes without a completed application, the background check must be completely reprocessed and resubmitted.  Additional information regarding criminal background checks can be found here.

 

Below are the licensure requirements listed by licensure type.

In order to apply for licensure, you may submit an online application or you may mail in a notarized application, the $125.00 application fee via certified check, cashier's check, money order, or credit card, as well as the required documentation listed below.  All documents must be submitted together as a completed packet or they will be returned to you.  Transcripts and Verifications of Licensure must remain in a sealed envelope.


Below are the requirements listed by license type:

 

 

Audiology
  • Doctoral Degree in an Audiology program
  • 1820 clinical practicum hours if graduate program began after January 1, 2005, 375 hours of which must have been obtained through direct patient/client contact
  • Passing score on Praxis examination or ASHA certification
  • Completed criminal background check
 
 
Provisional Speech-Language Pathology
  • Master’s Degree in a speech-language pathology program
  • 400 clinical practicum hours if graduate program began after January 1, 2004
  • Completed criminal background check

 Provisional License Process Infographic

 
 
Provisional Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a speech-language pathology program
  • 100 clinical practicum hours
    Must be obtained through a regionally accredited educational institution or its cooperating programs. Of the 100, 75 shall be obtained with direct patient/client contact with a minimum of 20 hours in speech disorders, a minimum of 20 hours in language disorders, and the remaining 35 hours may be obtained in the areas of speech, language or hearing disorders. The remaining 25 hours may be obtained through observation of testing and therapy.
  • Completed criminal background check
 
Speech-Language Pathology
  • Master’s Degree in a speech-language pathology program
  • 400 clinical practicum hours if graduate program began after January 1, 2004
  • Passing score on Praxis examination or ASHA certification
  • Completion of nine calendar months of full-time post-graduate professional employment experience.
  • Completed criminal background check
 
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a speech-language pathology program
  • 225 clinical practicum hours
    The first 100 of which shall have been obtained through a regionally accredited educational institution or its cooperating programs. Of the 100, 75 shall be obtained with direct patient/client contact with a minimum of 20 hours in speech disorders, a minimum of 20 hours in language disorders, and the remaining 35 hours may be obtained in the areas of speech, language or hearing disorders. The remaining 25 hours may be obtained through observation of testing and therapy. The remaining 125 hours may have been obtained on-the-job and/or through a regionally accredited educational institution or its cooperating program.
  • Completed criminal background check