Why get your Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)?

  • Depth of Knowledge – Speech-language pathology has an increasingly broad scope of practice. A Master’s degree cannot hope to cover every topic sufficiently in two short years. The SLPD provides a great way to increase your knowledge base in some of the most complex areas in the field. 
  • Clinical Research – Students will be given background in empirical research, critical analysis, and statistics. Then they will create their capstone project: a research study designed and executed by the student. In addition to submitting the results for publication in a scholarly journal, graduates will leave the SLPD program with the skillset to carry out their own independent research.
  • Professional Development – increasingly, the Allied Health disciplines are turning to clinical doctorates as the entry-level degree for their profession (e.g., Audiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy). While a doctorate is not required for SLP’s, it will upgrade your credentials and help you stay competitive for management and administration positions.
  • Flexibility – In addition to giving clinicians in the field the opportunity for advancement without committing to the intense rigor of a PhD, the SLPD program at Loma Linda University is designed with professionals in mind. Online coursework allows students to learn on their own schedule from a convenient location.

Guidelins for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for the Speech-Language Pathology Doctorate (ASHA, 2015). https://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/ASHA/About/governance/Resolutions_and_Motions/2015/BOD-22-2015-Ad-Hoc-Committee-Report-on-the-Guidelines-for-the-Clinical-Doctorate-in-SLP.pdf 

Report of the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on the Feasibility of Standards for the Clinical Doctorate in Speech‐Language Pathology (Nov 2013). https://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/Report-Ad-Hoc-Committee-on-Feasibility-of-Standards-for-the-Clinical-Doctorate-in-SLP.pdf