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What Is a Speech Language Pathologist PRN and How to Become One

Speech Language Pathologist PRN

What Is a Speech Language Pathologist PRN?

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work with children and adults who have speaking, communication, and swallowing disorders. As an SLP, your duties include evaluating patients and diagnosing their issues, often in several categories including language, speech, social communication, and cognitive communication. In this job, you may provide aural rehabilitation as well as alternative communication systems to your patients. The qualifications to have a career as an SLP include earning a graduate degree, completing the necessary clinical requirements, and passing the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology exam. If you intend to go into college teaching or private practice, you also need to earn a doctorate.

How to Get a Job as a Speech-Language Pathologist Who Works PRN

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) who works PRN provides treatment to patients when needed. PRN stands for "pro re nata," which is a Latin term meaning "as-needed." In this on-call position, you provide diagnosis, treatment, and therapy for patients who have a disorder related to speech, swallowing, or communication. The qualifications that you need for this job include a master's degree or doctorate in speech-language pathology and a license from the state in which you work. While licensure requirements vary by state, many employers also require a Certificate of Clinical Competence. Since this is an as-needed role, you need to have a flexible schedule.