Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently signed Executive Order No. 22-04 to avoid a healthcare workforce shortage emergency. This Executive Order 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.
Continuing Competency Waiver Information
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."
Audiologist/Speech Language Pathologist
Audiology/Speech Language Pathology Assistant
For audiology and speech language pathology licensing requirements, please see the regulations at right.
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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 notice to the license holder's last address of record at least 30 days before the expiration date. During the timeframe for credential renewal, an Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology Assistant credential holder can renew by mailing a paper application form with a check for the renewal fee. The application will be found on the Licensure Unit's renewal web page.
For more information on the renewal, revocation and reinstatement process, please see the regulations relating to Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Assistants at right.
DHHS Licensure UnitAttn: Audiology/SLP Licensing
PO Box 94986Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st FloorLincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.