Oklahoma Speech-Language Pathologist License Reciprocity Guide - 2024

AKA: Oklahoma Speech Therapist Reciprocity

Speech Pathologist Programs

by Speech Pathologist Programs Staff

Updated: March 18th, 2024

Oklahoma Speech-Language Pathologist License Reciprocity Process

License reciprocity is an agreement between states that enables individuals with a speech-language pathology license from one state to obtain a license in another state more quickly. This system aims to simplify the licensing process by allowing states to recognize the legitimacy of each other’s education and licensing requirements.

In Oklahoma, The Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology may issue a license without examination to a speech-language pathologist who holds a current SLP license in another state, provided that:

  • The other state maintains a standard of speech-language pathology licensure qualifications and examinations that meet or exceed Oklahoma’s current licensure requirements.
  • The applicant submits evidence of proof of licensure in good standing.

The Board may also waive the request for clinical fellowship and transcripts and grant a license to applicants who hold ASHA’s CCC (Certificate of Clinical Competence).

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC)

The Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is a member of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC). The ASLP-IC is compact for occupational licensure, enabling professionals to practice across multiple states without requiring additional licenses. This compact caters to the growing need for speech-language pathology services, allowing for in-person and telepractice services across state lines.

Participating states in the compact communicate and exchange information, such as verifying licensure and disciplinary sanctions. However, each state within the compact still retains the authority to regulate the practice within its jurisdiction.

ASLP-IC Impact on Speech-Language Pathologists

  • The ASLP-IC aims to certify that speech-language pathologists meet acceptable standards of practice, foster cooperation among compact states regarding licensure and regulation, and provide greater consumer protection across state borders.
  • Licensed speech-language pathologists (SLPs) will have the authority to provide their services in person or via telepractice beyond state boundaries.
  • The ASLP-IC will improve speech and language services available to clients, patients, and students and ensure uninterrupted care for individuals who relocate or travel.
  • Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can offer their services to communities that are currently not adequately served or located in remote areas. Additionally, this will enable military personnel and their spouses to continue practicing their profession even when required to relocate.