Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

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​​​​Guidance: Health Care Workforce Executive Orders Expired June 30 2023

Executive Orders pertaining to Health Care Workforce expired on June 30, 2023. Click here for more information. ​


Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen has issued Executive Order 23-18 - Criminal Background Checks - replacing the previous Executive Order 23-13.

New: Executive Order 23-18, effective 12/22/23, replaces Executive Order 23-13 and will expire on July 1, 2024.

Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen recently signed Executive Order No. 23-18 to avoid a healthcare workforce shortage emergency. This Executive Order replaces Executive Order 23-13 and relates to criminal background checks by fingerprint and only affects licensing for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, licensed independent mental health practitioners, occupational therapists, and occupational therapy assistants.   

Audiology: Audiologists perform the functions necessary for the prevention, assessment, habilitation, rehabilitation, and maintenance of persons with hearing, auditory function, and vestibular function impairments and related impairments.

Speech-Language Pathology: Speech-Language Pathologists apply principles and methods associated with the development and disorders of human communication skills and dysphagia for the purpose of improving quality of life by reducing impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations, participation restrictions and environmental barriers.

The practice of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology does not include medical diagnosis, medical treatment or surgery.

Effective August 24, 2017, a licensed Nebraska Audiologist will no longer be required to obtain and maintain a Hearing Instrument Specialist license in order to dispense hearing instruments.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §38- 1509 (2) will now read, “A licensed audiologist who maintains a practice pursuant to licensure as an audiologist in which hearing instruments are regularly dispensed or who intends to maintain such a practice shall be exempt from the requirement to be licensed as a hearing instrument specialist."


Compact Information

The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) allows eligible licensed audiologists and speech-language pathologists an alternative method for providing services in other member states. If you are interested in learning more about the ASLP-IC please click here​.  

Click here for information regarding ASLP-IC meetings, proposed rules, and comment submission. 

Notice of ASLP-IC Rulemaking​
Title of Rule: ASLP-IC Rule on Implementation of Criminal Background Check Requirement​

Continuing Education & Renewal Information

Continuing Education

On December 1 of even-numbered years, each audiologist or speech-language pathologist holding an active license in the State of Nebraska must have completed at least 20 hours of approved continuing education during the preceding 24-month period.

The Department waives continuing competency requirements for individuals who were first credentialed within the 24-month period immediately preceding the renewal date.

Please see the regulations at right for additional continuing education criteria.


Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology licenses expire on December 1 of each even-numbered year. The Licensure Unit will send a renewal notice to the license holder's last address of record at least 30 days before the expiration date. An Audiology or Speech Language Pathology license holder can renew either online using a credit card or by mailing the paper application form found on our website along with a check for the renewal fee. During the renewal period, these options are available on the Licensure Unit's renewal web page.

For detailed information on the renewal, revocation and reinstatement process, please see the regulations relating to Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology at right.

Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Assistant credentials expire one year from the date of issuance. The Licensure Unit will send a renewal application to the license holder's last address of record at least 30 days before the expiration date. The credential holder can renew by returning the completed renewal application form, with a check for the renewal fee, to the Licensure Unit.

For more information on the renewal, revocation and reinstatement process, please see the regulations relating to Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Assistants at right. 

Office of Rehabilitation & Community Services
Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit
Phone Number
(402) 471-2299
Fax Number
(402) 742-1152
Mailing & Physical Addresses

DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: Audiology/SLP Licensing

PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986


Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South

14th & M Streets, 3rd Floor
Lincoln NE 68508

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.