A speech pathology state license in Pennsylvania allows licensees to assess and treat communication and speech-language disorders. This guide details the requirements for potential candidates as well as those who are licensed in other states.1
The below information has been curated by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) based on Pennsylvania’s rules and regulations for state licensure. Please note that requirements/information may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.1
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Summary of Pennsylvania Speech Pathology State License Requirements
Pennsylvania speech pathology licensure requires potential licensees to have a master’s degree in speech pathology. The other requirements include completion of a clinical practicum and a supervised professional experience. Clinical observation hours will be included in both practicum and the professional experience. Applicants must also pass a national exam for a Pennsylvania speech pathology license.1
Speech Pathology Initial Licensure for Pennsylvania
According to ASHA1, Pennsylvania speech pathology licensure requires specific criteria be met before license verification. Candidates must do the following1:
Earn a master’s degree from an accredited academic program
Complete a clinical practicum with 375 hours.
Complete a supervised professional experience with 1,260 hours within two years.
Take and pass a national examination.
Speech Language Pathology Licensure Exemptions for Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania speech pathology license exempts the following individuals: physicians and surgeons, credential educators working in schools, students/trainees, federal employees and any licensed person engaged in the profession for which they are licensed, and organizations engaged in the practice of speech-language pathology, as long as it employs licensed individuals to provide the direct practice. Non-residents who are licensed in another state may complete services for no more than five days in any calendar year, under a licensed SLP.1
Reciprocity for Speech Therapists in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania speech pathology licensure board can grant waivers to applicants licensed in another state with equivalent standards. Waivers can also be given to Certificate of Clinical Competence holders and individuals with a bachelor’s degree in speech language pathology who have been employed in this area for at least nine months within three years prior to date of statute enactment (1982–1985).1
Interim Practice for Aspiring Speech Pathologists in Pennsylvania
A provisional speech pathology license in Pennsylvania will be granted to applicants who meet the speech-language pathology licensure requirements except for supervised professional experience or who are completing the supervised professional experience. Pennsylvania speech pathology licensure will also be granted to those holding a valid license in another state.1
Continuing Education for Speech Language Pathologists in Pennsylvania
Maintaining Pennsylvania speech pathology licensure requires the completion of continuing education hours. Twenty CE hours are required per biennial renewal period.1
Contact Information for SLP State Licensure in Pennsylvania