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A speech-language pathologist is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses, evaluates, and treats disorders of speech, voice, swallowing, and/or language.

Licensing Requirements

The latest available information and requirements about New York State licensed audiologists are on the website of the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions Applicants seeking to become licensed to function in New York State as an audiologist must submit an application to the Office of the Professions at the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Education Requirements

You must have obtained a graduate degree in speech-language pathology from a New York State registered licensure qualifying program, a program accredited by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), or the equivalent. To be considered equivalent, your educational program must culminate in a graduate degree from a college or university acceptable to the Department. It must include a practicum and 75 semester hours of courses as specified below. At least 36 of the 75 semester hours must be at the graduate level.

Experience Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 36 weeks of supervised experience in speech-language pathology or audiology. (Any break in time, e.g., maternity leave or, in a school setting, summer break, should be compensated for in the ending date.) The experience cannot begin until after all requirements (including any examinations or completion of a thesis) for the graduate degree are satisfied.

Examination Requirements

To meet the examination requirement for licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist, you must pass the Specialty Area test of the Praxis Series, Praxis II, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in your licensure area.

  • New York State's acceptable passing score is 600. It is important to note that, as of January 1, 2013, the Examination scale for Audiology will be changed to a 100-200 scale and a passing score will be 170.
  • Examination scores must be sent directly from ETS. Request scores to be sent to agency code R7747.
  • ETS retains scores for ten years. If your scores are no longer available from the testing service, they may be verified by ASHA.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2012, there were 58 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 64 licenses issued for this occupation.

Fees (as of April 9, 2014)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $294.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Speech-Language Pathology Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817, ext. 270
Fax: 518-402-5354

Standard Occupational Classification

29-1181 - Audiologists
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/01/14.

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