Tennessee Speech-Language Pathology Assistant License Reciprocity Guide - 2024

AKA: Tennessee SLPA Reciprocity

Speech Pathologist Programs

by Speech Pathologist Programs Staff

Updated: March 18th, 2024

Tennessee Speech-Language Pathology Assistant License Reciprocity Process

Reciprocity in Tennessee allows a licensed professional (SLPA) in good standing to use their license from another state to apply for a Tennessee license. However, to be licensed in Tennessee by reciprocity, the Board must establish that the licensing standards in effect when the individual was licensed in the other state are equal to or surpass the current Tennessee licensure requirements.

To register by reciprocity, you must provide the following details:

  • An official copy of the licensing requirements from the state(s) where you currently hold a license.
  • A renewal certificate from another state that includes the certification number and expiration date needs to be provided.

The Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences is also a member of the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC). This is compact for occupational licensure, permitting professionals to offer services in multiple states without additional licenses. It was created to meet the growing demand for SLP services and allows in-person and telepractice across state borders.

Under the compact, participating states collaborate and share information, such as confirming licenses and disciplinary actions. Nonetheless, each compact state maintains its power to regulate the practice within its borders.