The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) is a new initiative that will allow audiologists and speech-language pathologists to travel and practice in any state that is a member of the Compact. This will greatly expand the number of states in which SLPs and audiologists can work, as well as the number of patients that can be seen.
If you are an SLP or audiologist interested in travel jobs, this is great news! The ASLP-IC will make the licensing process more simplified and streamlined for travelers.
With applications for privileges estimated to start sometime in 2023, now is a great time to learn more about it. Here is a comprehensive overview of the Compact, including what it is, how it will benefit you, and how to get started.
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What is the ASLP-IC?
The ASLP-IC is short for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact. It’s an interstate agreement that will allow audiology and speech-language pathology professionals to practice in any state that is a member of the Compact.
The Compact was created in response to the fact that many states have different licensure requirements for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. It has also become increasingly necessary to streamline healthcare delivery across state lines, especially in the case of emergencies like the pandemic.
Why is the ASLP-IC important?
The Compact is designed to improve access to quality audiology and speech-language pathology services by reducing barriers to interstate practice. The Compact is imperative to ensuring that audiology and speech-language pathology patients have access to quality care everywhere.
With the ASLP-IC, traveling audiologists and speech-language pathologists can practice in multiple states without having to go through the process of obtaining a license in each state. It also makes it easier for providers to care for patients in multiple states and to move between states for work.
Where can I travel with the ASLP-IC?
The ASLP-IC provides reciprocity between member states and any state that passes legislation to join the Compact in the future. As of August 2022, 23 states have enacted the Compact into law. Currently, those states include: Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists can check out the interactive map for updates.
What is required to travel with the ASLP-IC?
To practice with Compact privileges, you must have an active, unencumbered license in your home state and your home state must be a Compact member state. Speech-language pathologists will need to have completed a supervised post-graduate experience as well.
Once licensed, you can then apply for Compact privileges, which will allow you to practice in all member states. Jurisprudence examinations will need to be completed in each state where required, but you will only need to complete continuing education units in your home state.
What are the benefits of the ASLP-IC?
The ASLP-IC is a win-win for both providers as well as the patients that they serve. The Compact will provide increased opportunities for audiologists and SLPs to find work, as well as increase the number of audiology and speech-language pathology patients that can receive care.
The Compact will provide many benefits to clinicians, including increased mobility, reduced barriers to practice, and enhanced portability of credentials, including military spouses. The ASLP-IC will also promote interstate collaboration and allow for the sharing of best practices across state lines. It will also improve access and continuity of care for patients across the country.
If you are a speech-language pathologist or audiologist who is interested in traveling, then the Compact can help you to do so in a way that is safe and beneficial for both you and your patients.
How can I find out more about the ASLP-IC?
The ASLP-IC is administered by a commission that is made up of representatives from each of the member states. The commission is responsible for setting the rules and regulations for the Compact, as well as for handling any disputes that may arise.
If you are interested in updates about the ASLP-IC, you can sign up for their mailing list here or refer to this page with commission updates.
Travel Jobs with SHC
The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact is a great way to ensure accessible healthcare for all. If you are interested in traveling, Supplemental Health Care can help you find your next assignment.
SHC has great travel jobs for audiologists and speech-language pathologists across the country. Contact our expert Allied Health team to learn more about available opportunities and the benefits of traveling.
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