Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)


Bloomsburg University's Speech-Language Pathology master's program prepares students for clinical practice with a variety of communication disorders and in a variety of clinical settings. The program provides students with wide-ranging academic experience in all areas of speech-language pathology.

Students will also gain valuable clinical experience both in our in-house clinic and culminating with a full semester of externship practicum in a clinic, hospital and/or school setting. In addition, a Master’s Thesis option is available for those students with specialized research interests.

For over 25 years, the M.S. program has maintained full accreditation by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, meeting all standards established for graduate programs in speech-language pathology. We are pleased to state that our program was again approved following our most recent annual report and remains fully accredited through 2020, our next scheduled accreditation visit.

The graduate speech-language pathology program provides a comprehensive curriculum that prepares the graduate for work in a wide variety of professional settings. In addition to courses typically offered, BU has separate courses in augmentative communication, aphasia, cognitive based language disorders, both a preschool and school-age language course, and swallowing disorders. The study of speech disorders is covered via coursework in articulation, craniofacial disorders, fluency, voice, and motor speech disorders.

The study of swallowing disorders is provided via two courses (one focusing on the anatomy and physiology of normal and disordered swallowing; the second course discusses a wide array of evaluation and management methods). In addition, the Clinical Instrumentation in Speech Pathology course provides students with valuable “hands-on” experience with videostroboscopy, nasometry, and other speech assessment methods that coincide with coursework in Voice Disorders, Craniofacial Disorders, and Motor Speech Disorders.

Speech-Language Pathology

M.S. Program Coordinator, Chairperson
  Shaheen N. Awan Ph.D., CCC-SLP | sawan@bloomu.edu

326 Centennial Hall
Phone: 570-389-4443
Fax: 570-389-2035

 

Graduates of the master's degree program in speech pathology are eligible for certification in Teaching Speech to Language-Impaired Students granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology issued by the Council for Clinical Certification of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensure in speech pathology issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners for Speech, Language and Hearing. Over the past seven years, 100 percent of the graduates have passed the National Examination in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

 

Speech-Language Pathology Program Admission

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies, applicants for the master's degree program in speech pathology must meet the following requirements.

» Applicants are required to submit a one-page, typed letter detailing their professional background, experience and rationale for wanting to be admitted to the program in speech pathology.

» Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation ALONG WITH the SLP Recommendation Form, from references who have knowledge of their academic and/or clinical background. This information must include the name, address, position and telephone number of each reference.

» Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in communication disorders and a minimum QPA of 3.0. Applicants must provide up-to-date transcripts. If a student is still completing undergraduate course work, they must indicate (a) the name/titles of the courses being completed, and (b) the expected date of completion. Applicants whose major is in an area other than communication disorders will be required to satisfactorily complete certain academic and practicum deficiencies. These will be prescribed by faculty following analysis of the individual's transcript.

» The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. Typically, successful students have had mean percentile scores of approximately 55 percent across the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical subtests.

Deadline of all application materials is Feb. 1 of the year that you plan to begin the graduate program. Applications are only accepted for fall semester enrollment.

Speech-Language Pathology Program Retention and Graduation

Graduate students must maintain a QPA of 3.0 with no more than one grade lower than a B- throughout the graduate speech-language pathology program. If a grade lower than a B- is earned in the final clinic course prior to externship (AUDSLP 576), the course must be repeated with a grade of B or higher prior to enrolling in a field experience. If a grade lower than a B- is earned in a field experience (AUDSLP 584 or AUDSLP 586), the course must be repeated. To progress in the graduate program, students must maintain an adequate academic standing and adhere to the department suitability clause.

The graduate program consists of a minimum of 55 semester hours with most courses being required. A master's thesis option (6 credits) is available and may be completed as part of the minimum 55 credit requirement. Clinical experience is considered necessary and inseparable from the existing course sequence. It becomes an important step in the development of a competent clinician, linking theory with clinical experience, and preparing for certification and eventual employment in the field.

Program Completion Data

Period Number completing on time Number completing later than on time Number not completing Percentage completing
2016-17 28 0 0  
2015-16 28 0 0  
2014-15 27 0 1  
Three year average       98.8095%

 

Employment Rate

Academic Year Number of graduates employed Number of graduates not employed Percent of graduates (%)
2016-17 28 0  
2015-16 27 0  
2014-15 28 0  
Three year average     100%

PRAXIS Pass Rate

Period Number of test-takers taking the exam Number of test-takers passed Pass rate (%)
2016-17 24 24  
2015-16 28 28  
2014-15 27 27  
Three year average     100%

 

The master's education program in speech-language pathology at Bloomsburg University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Md. 20850, 1-800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

 

Academic and Clinical Remediation

Bloomsburg University Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology is committed to preparing clinicians who are ready to enter the workplace. The process of learning the necessary skills for this outcome may vary student by student. The purpose of remediation is to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and skills in both academic and clinical areas. Remediation is intended to facilitate student success and assist with progress toward meeting degree requirements. Both summative (final, at the conclusion of a course/program) and formative (during, periodically throughout a course/program) assessment are used in evaluating students’ progress. Students whose academic or clinical performance falls below graduate expectations will be provided with remediation opportunities as part of formative assessment.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of remediation opportunities to avoid academic consequences such as course repeats or recommendations for dismissal from the program. Remediation may include, but is not limited to a clinical skills development plan, revision or completion of equivalent academic coursework, re-examination, or other methods as stipulated by instructional faculty and, where necessary, in conjunction with clinical staff. Students requiring remediation will complete and sign a remediation plan form which will be retained in their academic file. Remediation plans may be developed by faculty and/or clinical supervisors together with students.