Speech Language Pathology
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Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CMSD). The department faculty members are excited to share their interests and expertise with you!
About the Profession
The one word that most accurately describes this profession is diversity. As a speech-language pathologist, you may choose to work in a variety of settings. Many speech-language pathologists work in schools, helping children who are unable to master specific speech and/or language skills. Other professionals choose to work with adults, most commonly in hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers. They typically work with individuals who have suffered from a head injury or have had a stroke.
Can you imagine what life would be without the ability to comprehend, formulate, or express any feelings or thoughts? Can you imagine not being able to taste and swallow your favorite foods? Can you also imagine how satisfying it would be to help restore someone's communication or swallowing ability?
If you have an inquisitive mind and an interest in people, we think you will love what speech- language pathology has to offer. We invite you to check out our programs.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a Bachelor of Science degree for students who are ready to start the junior year of college. The two-year program (which begins the junior year of college) prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, or other related fields. (it also provides students with training for speech-language pathology assistant. SLPA)
The Department also offers a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This two-year program is for students who hold a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders or speech-language pathology. This program prepares students to become licensed, credentialed, and certified clinicians to work in clinics, hospitals, public schools, or private practices.
Individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than communicative disorders may apply to the Master of Science- Transitional program. This is a three-year program that provides the foundational courses in the first year. This program prepares students to become licensed, credentialed, and certified clinicians to work in clinics, hospitals, public schools, or private practices.
Thank you for your interest,
Terry D Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP
Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders