Speech Pathology Programs in Minnesota - MN
How to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist in Minnesota
Becoming a speech-language pathologist in the state of Minnesota requires a bit of patience in comparison to some other states. Run by the Minnesota Department of Health, the state has higher fees for licensing due to there not being a general tax on the state population for public licenses.
Before receiving a license, a potential SLP must have either a master’s degree or a doctorate degree from a university accredited by the Education Standards Board. While an undergraduate going into the master’s program does not need a speech pathologist degree (a background in the sciences is recommended), they must earn a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. The program should have a supervised clinical practicum attached with it as well.
After finishing one of the online or campus based Minnesota speech pathology graduate programs, one needs to receive a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association before applying for a clinical fellowship. Once certified by the ASHA, an application to the Minnesota Department of Health for a temporary license must be filled out and turned in. The temporary license will be granted on the grounds that the clinical fellowship is supervised by an accredited speech-language pathologist who is in good standing with the MDH. A temporary license costs $50.
After the clinical fellowship is completed, the potential pathologist needs to provide their credentials (official transcripts, certification of clinical competence, and proof of clinical fellowship) to the commissioner of the Department of Health. From there, the department will verify the received credentials before issuing a license. This can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days. Once all of the information has been verified, a licensing fee will be needed before the license can be given. The fee varies depending on the time of year. It ranges from $129 (in December) to $229 (in January and June).
The license must be renewed every three years. During that time, there is a continuing education requirement of 30 units. The units can be split between general courses (business administration, communications skills) and related courses (rehabilitation assessment, multicultural communication). When applying for license renewal, the applicant must confirm which course is generally related and which is directly related. There is a $220 fee for a license renewal. The renewal application must be sent in at least 30 days before the current license expires or else a late fee of $45 will be assessed. If 36 months have passed before a renewal application has been submitted, the pathologist must resubmit an application as if it was there first time applying to be a speech-language pathologist. If this occurs, a fee of $200 multiplied by the number of months since the expiration date of the license will be accrued.