Speech Pathology Programs in Kentucky - KY

How to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist in Kentucky

Step 1: Start early, and aim to be the best of the best.
Typically, college programs for speech-language pathology and audiology are extremely competitive. Therefore, preparation should begin in high school. Strive to keep a high GPA and stay at the top of the class, and try to take courses that focus on anatomy, biology, or other subjects related to your goal. Also, volunteer in the community with people who have speech or language disorders to help prepare you for the field.

Step 2: Find an accredited postsecondary program.
SLPs are required to enroll in Kentucky speech pathology graduate programs through online or campus based colleges or universities that are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology or the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Find a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Step 3: Go to graduate school.
Graduate work from an accredited institution is also required for SLPs in Kentucky. Depending on the focus of your career, you can take one of two routes for grad work:
a. Those intending to work hands-on in the field of speech-language pathology should look for a master of arts or master of science degree in speech language pathology.
b. If your goal is to work as a professor, researcher or scholar in the field of speech-language pathology, a Ph.D. in speech language pathology is recommended.

Step 4: Postgraduate professional experience.
In Kentucky, one of the pre-requisites for certification of an SLP is at least of 36 weeks of full-time work experience (with a minimum of 30-hour work weeks) – or, if working part-time, an equivalent number of hours over a longer span of weeks. These hours must be completed under the supervision of someone who holds a Kentucky license or the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

Step 5: Take the national exam.
Another pre-requisite for licensure in Kentucky is a passing grade on the national Praxis exam. (The code for Kentucky is 7287.)

Step 6: State licensure.
Kentucky speech-language pathologists must be licensed by the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. A written application and an initial fee of $200 must be sent via U.S. mail to the Board. When the application is accepted, it is posted to the website, www.slp.ky.gov. After that, a licensee can print out proof of licensure from this site simply by entering a license number and social security number.

Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
P.O. Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602


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