South Dakota Speech-Language Pathology Assistant License Recprocity Guide - 2024

AKA: South Dakota SLPA Reciprocity

Speech Pathologist Programs

by Speech Pathologist Programs Staff

Updated: March 18th, 2024

South Dakota Speech-Language Pathology Assistant License Reciprocity Process

Applicants for speech-language pathology assistants licensed in other states may obtain a license in South Dakota if they provide evidence of current licensure in a state with equivalent or higher standards, have not engaged in any behavior that warrants disciplinary action, or possess a valid Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA.

In addition, South Dakota is a member of the Audiology & Speech Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC). The ASLP-IC facilitates mutual recognition between member states and any prospective state that enacts legislation to join the Compact, enabling audiologists and SLPs to practice across borders. This arrangement benefits healthcare providers and their patients by expanding employment opportunities and enhancing access to care.

SLPAs stand to gain from increased mobility, reduced regulatory hurdles, and improved credential portability, including for military spouses. The ASLP-IC encourages interstate collaboration and the exchange of best practices, improving patient outcomes and care quality nationwide. For SLPAs seeking to travel, the Compact offers a safe and advantageous means of doing so while maintaining high standards of patient care.