Communication is key.
Speech-language pathologists help people of all ages and backgrounds with various speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders to communicate more clearly and fluently. Whether a patient stutters or has a hearing impairment, a cleft palate or a developmental delay, the speech-language pathologist must be able to provide compassionate, competent care.
With our rigorous academic curriculum and focus on experiential learning, the Speech-Language Pathology program at the School of Health Sciences prepares students to become highly skilled and knowledgeable health care providers, as well as adept researchers and academics.
Our intensive 58-60 credit program culminates in a master of science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Upon graduation, our students have both the education and the experience to begin successful careers as speech-language pathologists, with nearly 100% of our graduates finding employment shortly after graduation.
In addition to a strong broad-based curriculum, our program includes a carefully supervised clinical experience and close relationships with faculty, many of whom are accomplished researchers and practitioners. Your professors will mentor you closely as you learn the ins and outs of the field—from assessment and treatment to record keeping and required reporting—first in the classroom and then in the clinical environment. We have a state-of-the-art, on-site Speech and Hearing Center where you can fulfill a portion of your practicum requirements.
All students must complete an independent research project before graduating—many even present their work at state and national conventions. Students who graduate are eligible for state professional licensure as well as ASHA certification upon completion of their clinical fellowship supervised experience. Students may also take the additional courses and exams necessary to receive the Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities Certificate (TSSLD).
Our graduates are uniquely prepared to pass the National Speech Praxis Exam and begin treating diverse patient populations confidently, with both skill and sensitivity. Our three year average Praxis pass rate through 2015 is 95%.