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Speech Pathology Schools in Kentucky - KY

By Melody Feist, allied health world contributing writer

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Do you have what it takes to become a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in the bluegrass state? Speech-Language Pathology is a challenging, rewarding and lucrative profession, but is not for the faint of heart. According to indeed.com, the average annual salary for an SLP in Kentucky is about $100,00, the same as the national average. It might sound glamorous, but pathologist are required put in years of school and hundreds of hours of professional experience to get there. Are you up to the task? If so, read on to discover the path to becoming an SLP in the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Kentucky Speech/Language Pathologist Education

Training programs offered by Speech Pathology schools in Kentucky includes both classroom learning and fieldwork. During a bachelor’s program, which typically lasts about four years, an SLP student will learn the basics of normal human anatomy, communication, and language. Undergrad work will also include some clinical experience and shadowing. Next, a two-year master’s program will include course work detailing how to diagnose and treat speech and language disorders as well as more clinical training. SLPs who choose to pursue a position as a scholar, researcher, or professor in the field may opt for a four-year doctoral program in lieu of a master’s degree.

In Kentucky, an SLP must renew his or her license with the Board annually at a fee of $150. Renewal notices are sent out each Fall, and fees are due on or before January 31 of each year. Licensees may renew via U.S. mail or by using the Online License Renewal and Verification System at www.slp.ky.gov. A newly licensed pathologist is not required to log continuing education credits during the first renewal period; however, after the first renewal period, Kentucky SLPs must have minimum of 15 continuing education credits from an accredited institution each year.

Through campus or online programs, aspiring Speech Pathologists in Louisville, Lexington and Owensboro, Kentucky may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Western State Hospital, Norton Hospital and Western State Hospital.

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