Speech Pathology Programs in Florida - FL
Steps to Becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist in Florida
- Applicants must first earn a master’s degree through one of the online or campus based speech pathology graduate programs in Florida, majoring in speech-language pathology. This educational component must include 60 semester hours (at least 36 in graduate level courses) if the applicant enrolled in an approved program prior to January 5, 2005, or 75 semester hours (at least 36 in graduate level courses) if the applicant enrolled in an approved program after January 5, 2005. Additionally the educational program must include at least 300 hours of supervised clinical experience, with at least 200 of those hours in the area of speech-language pathology.
- The applicant must pass the required licensure examination for speech-language pathologists. The accepted examination for the state of Florida is the Praxis Series Examination, administered by the Educational Testing Services (ETS). Arrangements to sit for this examination must be made by the applicant with ETS.
- Prior to application for full licensure, the applicant must complete nine months of professional employment experience. For each three months of this experience, the provisional licensee must have the supervisor complete a supervisory report, to be submitted to the state of Florida with the application for full licensure.
- Additionally, the applicant must complete one hour of HIV/AIDS training, along with two hours of training in prevention of medical areas.
- After all of the requirements above have been satisfied, the applicant must fill out and submit a completed application to the Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, housed in the Division of Medical Quality Assurance in the State of Florida Department of Health. Along with the completed application, the applicant must also include the application and initial licensure fees, along with supporting documentation such as official transcripts, supervisory evaluation reports, and verification of the HIV/AIDS and Prevention of Medical Errors courses.
The application packet (complete with instructions), supporting forms, and other information are available from the Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology.
Department of Health-MQA
Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA