The College of Health Sciences' Speech-Language Pathology Program pairs you with student-centered curriculum and faculty mentors to help you develop skills in working with adults and children with communication disorders. As a speech-language pathologist, you will need not only knowledge of the field, but also critical thinking, problem solving and self-confidence. We work with you to enhance those traits so that you can become an empathetic, compassionate, patient-centered professional on tomorrow's healthcare team.

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Degree

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree plus prerequisite coursework (anatomy/physiology of communication mechanisms; phonetics; speech- language development; speech and/or hearing science; statistics; biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Length of Program

 7 quarters, 21 months, full-time

Projected Class Size

50

Class Profiles

The following data will be added as available:

Class

2016-2018

2017-2019

2018-2020

2019-2021

Number of students admitted

              50

 

 

 

Average incoming overall GPA

           3.42

 

 

 

Average incoming major GPA

           3.48

 

 

 

Practicum and Advanced Practicum Placements

  • Students engage in practica at the Speech-Language Institute, housed in the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, other community-based settings for four quarters.
  • Two advanced practica of up to twelve weeks duration are completed in educational and/or healthcare settings.
  • Our program is affiliated with public and private schools, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation hospitals and facilities, and private practice clinics to ensure a range of practicum opportunities for every Midwestern student.

Student Outcome Data

The SLP Program collects outcome data relative to:

Data will be added for each graduation class as available.

Speech-Language Pathologist Professional Responsibilities

  • Evaluation and treatment of adults and children with communication and/or swallowing deficits
  • Screening and education
  • Consultation
  • Research
  • Administration

US Employment Projections through 2024

Speech-language pathologist continues to be one of the top rated professions in the United States based upon growth of the profession, available jobs, and starting salaries. U.S. News and World Reports (20161) has consistently ranked this profession as one of the most desirable social service  jobs in America. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics (20152) predicts that the number of speech-language pathologists will grow by 21 percent over the next 10 years. That translates to approximately 29,000 new therapist positions by 2024.

1U.S. News and World Reports | http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/speech-language pathologist| Retrieved 12-7-2016

2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, PSB Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20212-0001| Telephone: 1-202-691-5700 | http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm | Retrieved 12-7-2016

Mean Salary (2015)

The national median speech-language pathologist salary is $71,550 per year, or approximately $34 per hour. (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook; http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm | Retrieved 12-7-2016)

Admission Requirements

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Individuals applying for admission to the College of Health Sciences Speech-Language Pathology Program must submit documentation for the following minimum requirements before the academic year commences for the incoming class:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution in Communication Sciences and Disorders, inclusive of the courses listed below, or
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution in an area other than Communication Sciences and Disorders, with completion of all of the following prerequisitie coursework:
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Communication Mechanisms
    • Phonetics
    • Speech-Language Development
    • Speech and/or Hearing Science
    • Statistics
    • Biological Science; Physical Science; Social Science
  3. Minimum cumulative and major grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Grades of C or better for prerequisite courses; grades of C- are not acceptable.
  4. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  5. Completion of the general and writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) using the Midwestern University institution code of 4160.
    • The test must have been taken within five years of the planned enrollment year.
    • There is no minimum score required to apply, but scores are used to assess candidacy.
    • For more information about the GRE contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 866/473-4373 or visit www.ets.org/gre
  6. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on academic, clinical, and professional experiences of the applicant.
  7. A completed CSDCAS application.
  8. On-campus interview with Speech-Language Pathology faculty (invitation only).
  9. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  10. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.

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Program Description

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The Speech-Language Pathology Program provides academic, research, and clinical experiences that culminate in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology degree. The program of study spans seven quarters of study, with degree completion targeted for 21 months. Five quarters of didactic coursework are followed by two quarters of advanced practicum experiences. Students may elect to complete a master's thesis or an alternate research-based capstone. Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level  positions as speech-language pathologists in a variety of educational or healthcare settings. 

 

Accreditation

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Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.  Speech-Language Pathology programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program at Midwestern University (MWU) in Glendale, Arizona, is a candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310,  Rockville, MD 20850; 800/498-2071 or 301/296-5700.  Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

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