Becoming an SLP Assistant

In the state of Texas, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is the licensing entity for Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. The following information was provided by and can be found on TDLR’s website for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

To apply for a SLP Assistant license, applicants must have completed the following (and provide additional information as required on the application):

Submit an original or certified copy of the transcript(s) showing the conferred degree of relevant course work which also verifies that the applicant possesses a baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. The transcript cannot be faxed. Electronic university transcript(s) will be accepted if emailed to from the university’s secure site.  We do not accept electronic transcripts from the applicant.

Texas Jurisprudence Exam. Please submit a copy of your certificate of completion.  This is a no fail exam over the rules and laws.

Clinical Observation and Clinical Experience Form completed by the university program director or designee of the college or university training program verifying the applicant completed no fewer than twenty-five (25) hours of clinical observation in the area of speech-language pathology and twenty-five (25) hours of clinical assisting experience in the area of speech-language pathology obtained within an educational institution or in one of its cooperating programs or under the direct supervision at their place of employment.

Clinical Deficiency Plan Form, if your clinical observation and experience form shows that you have not met the required 25 clinical observation hours and/or 25 clinical experience hours from the university, you must include this form.  This must be approved and your license issued before you can begin the hours you are lacking. The approved Clinical Deficiency Plan will be emailed to your approved supervisor once it is approved by the licensing staff.

Submit a Supervisory Responsibility Statement Form completed by the licensed supervisor who agrees to accept responsibility for the services provided by the assistant and signed by both the applicant and the proposed department-approved supervisor or submitted in a manner prescribed by the department.

Fingerprinting: All new applicants must submit fingerprints for a national criminal history record review. The applicant is responsible for paying the fee associated with this review to the fingerprint service vendor used by Texas Department of Public Safety.  Once your completed application is received by TDLR, instructions on how to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted will be emailed to you.  Be sure your email address is current and legible to receive the fingerprinting information.  To be eligible for licensing, you must successfully pass a criminal history background check.  If you submitted fingerprints for a Texas speech-language pathology assistant license or a Texas intern in speech-language pathology license, you do not need to submit fingerprints again.

For additional information, you can contact TDLR:
Local Phone: 512-463-6599
Long Distance: 800-803-9202
Relay Texas-TDD: 800-735-2989