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Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

PLA > Professions > Speech-Language Pathology Audiology Board > SLP Support Personnel Application Information SLP Support Personnel Application Information

Attention Support Personnel Applicants

A Speech-Language Pathologist must meet the following qualifications to supervise speech-language pathology support personnel:

1. hold a current license as a Speech-Language Pathologist issued by the board;

2. hold ONE of the following:
    A.) a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA);
B.) a life license issued by the Indiana Department of Education (applies if all course work and all experience required to receive a life license was obtained before September 1, 1990).

The registration of SLP Support Personnel has changed to the following three-tiered system, based on level of education:

Speech-Language Pathology Aides
The minimum education requirement for a SLP aide is a high school degree or equivalent.

Speech-Language Pathology Associates

The minimum education requirement for a SLP Associate is an associate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution in the area of speech-language pathology.  The degree program must include at least 60 credit hours with the following coursework requirements:

1. 24 credit hours in technical content course work related speech-language pathology.  The core technical skills must include the following:

  • Instruction about normal processes of communication.
  • Instruction targeting the practices and methods of service delivery that are specific to SLP associates.
  • Instruction regarding the treatment of communication disorders.
  • Instruction targeting the following workplace behavior and skills:
    • Working with clients or patients in a supportive manner,
    • Following supervisor’s instructions.
    • Maintaining confidentially
    • Communicating with oral and written forms.
    • Following established health and safety precautions.
  • 2.  Clinical observation
    3.  A minimum of one hundred (100) clock hours of supervised field experience.

    Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

    SLP Assistants are also required to obtain the following amount of clinical experience:

    • One hundred (100) hours of a clinical practicum supervised by a SLP licensed  by the Board.

    Of the 100 hours, seventy-five (75) hours must be obtained with direct face-to-face patient/client contact in the following categories:  

    • A minimum of twenty (20) hours in speech disorders. 
    • A minimum of twenty (20) hours in language disorders.
    • The remaining hours may be obtained in any of the following areas: 
    • Speech disorders.
    • Language disorders.
    • Hearing disorders.

    It is imperative that the licensed speech-language pathologist, who will be supervising the aide, is familiar with the new requirements regarding supervision of different types of support personnel listed above.