Speech Pathology Programs in North Dakota - ND

The state of North Dakota employs more than 32,000 health care professionals (2008). Some of these health care professionals are licensed Speech and Language Pathologists. Unfortunately, North Dakota has many rural areas in which those in need of Speech and Language Pathology services are not being fully served. Many of these people in need are children. The field of Speech and Language Pathology is a growing one across the entire United States, but especially in states with under-served rural populations such as North Dakota.  The need for Speech and Language services translates into more money for professionals who provide those services. In this state, licensed Speech and Language Pathologists can make up to $106,000 annually, which is 62% higher than the national average yearly salary for this position.


How to Become a Speech Language Pathologist in North Dakota

  1. Be of good moral character.
  2. Graduate from high school and receive your diploma or GED.
  3. Receive a Bachelor's degree, preferably in a speech and/or communications field.
  4. Apply to one of the online or campus based North Dakota speech pathology graduate programs. The program you choose should be accredited by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
  5. Have your official graduate school transcript mailed directly from the school to the North Dakota State Board of Examiners at:

    Beverly Solseng, Executive Secretary, NDSBE
    Education Building Room 212
    231 Centennial Drive Stop 7189
    Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189
    (701) 777-4421

  1. It is not necessary to hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the ASHA to be a licensed speech pathologist in the state of North Dakota. However, if you choose to receive your CCC, you will also have to complete a 375 hour clinical practicum during graduate work and a year- long full-time clinical fellowship following your graduate coursework.
  2. Take and pass the national Praxis II examination in the Specialty Area of Speech Pathology. This is given by Educational Testing Service, who can be reached at:

    Educational Testing Service
    Praxis Series
    P.O. Box 6051
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6051

  3. Complete the state's application for licensure and have it notarized. Send it along with a fee of $100 to the NDSBE's address in step 5 above.
  4. North Dakota state licenses expire January 1 of each year. A renewal application along with a fee of $75 should be sent to the board before this date. Also send evidence of at least 10 hours of continuing education during the previous year.

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