How to Become a Speech Pathologist
- Administer hearing or speech and language tests.
- Assess, diagnose, and treat communication and swallowing problems.
- Help patients overcome issues like speech and language delays.
- Assess and help treat cognitive-communicative disorders.
- Counsel and educate patients on communication and swallowing disorders.
- Help patients deal with fluency disorders, like stuttering.
Be a Communicator and Advocate for Others
Earn a Master’s in Speech Pathology
- performing assessments on patients to determine their needs
- performing diagnostic evaluations
- creating treatment plans
- providing treatment for a range of issues
- writing reports, notes, and other required documentation
- working with other providers to manage patient care
Complete the Praxis Exam
Apply for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
- passing Praxis exam scores, which must be sent to ASHA directly from ETS
- your official graduate transcript which verifies the date and degree you were awarded
- Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship (SLPCF) Report and Rating Form report
- disclosure documents, if necessary