Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences
- Professional Privilege Tax Due June 1, 2016
- REVISED Licensees Working on an Expired/Lapsed License
- Background Checks Required for Those Providing Patient Care
- Volunteer for Mass Emergency Clinics
- Legislative Updates
- Criminal Background Check Required for New Applications
About the Board of Communications Disorders and Sciences
This Board began in 1973 as the Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology, then was restructured in 1995 by the State Legislature as the current Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences. Its mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice the profession of speech pathology and audiology within this state be qualified. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Board is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violations.
The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Renewal notices are mailed from Board’s administrative office approximately forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. For those licensees who have "opted in," an email will be sent to the email address on file approximately seventy (70) days prior to the expiration date of the license. This is the only reminder a licensee shall receive. Licensees are responsible for renewing their license on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. Licenses can be renewed on-line seventy (70) days prior to expiration at https://apps.tn.gov/hlrs/. Click on "renew license" and follow the prompts. Failure to renew by the expiration date may result in a fine.
The Board meets throughout the year to conduct administrative business. The seven (7) Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve five (5) year terms. A quorum of four (4) members is required to conduct business. The meetings are open to the public.
Contact the Board of Communications Disorders and Sciences
615-741-5735 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243