The master's degree in both speech-language pathology and audiology is a 91-quarter hour program designed so that full-time students typically can complete the program in two years. The hours include a planned sequence of required core courses, electives, practicum courses, and one or two externships near the end of the program. Students must pass the National Teacher's Examination in speech-language pathology or audiology, and satisfy the ASHA academic and clinical requirements for certification. Depending on your background, additional coursework may be necessary for professional certification and graduation.
There are two tracks available in both programs. Those tracks are identical for seven quarters, with six quarters of academic and practicum classes and one externship. For the remaining quarter, students in one track choose additional elective courses plus clinical assignments. Students choosing the thesis option may prefer this track. The other track allows for two externships, and may be preferred by students desiring a greater variety of clinical experiences. For example, a speech-language pathology student may choose to extern in both medical and school settings.
Externships are available nationwide with certified professionals, contingent on mutual approval by our Coordinator of Clinical Services and outside agencies. At graduation, students have completed 350 clinical hours in accordance with ASHA standards for obtaining professional certification.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission