MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

The College of Health Sciences has developed a Master of Science (MS) degree in Speech-Language (SLP) and undergraduate prerequisite courses in Communication Sciences Disorders (CSD) necessary for admission to a graduate program in speech-language pathology. This full time, 2 year MS SLP program meets the requirement of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for clinical certification and the standards set forth by the State of Florida for licensure. The MS SLP program will seek accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA; a subsidiary of ASHA) in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. 

Full-time registration (at least 9 credit hours per term) in the MS program will be required each semester within the 2 year program. Initial undergraduate prerequisite course offerings will be offered in Fall 2013. MS course offerings will be initiated in Fall 2014, pending CAA approval. 

The mission of the JU MS SLP program is to prepare students for careers of excellence as speech-language pathologists. A core program of theories, methods, and research in Communication Science and Disorders will ensure that each student will be prepared in the discipline of speech-language and screening of hearing disorders. This will be accomplished through academic offerings and clinical learning experiences.

Program Outcomes for the proposed MS SLP are:

  1. Integrate knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and  swallowing disorders. 
  2. Consider the anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental, social, linguistic and cultural correlates of disorders in clinical decision making.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication, counseling, and collaboration with patients and relevant others, recognizing the needs, values, preferred mode of communication, and cultural/linguistic background of the patient, family, and caregivers.
  4. Integrate principles of ethics and cultural diversity into clinical decision making for individuals and populations experiencing complex health issues related to speech, voice, swallowing, language, and/or cognitive impairments.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology and information systems for speech-language pathologists that will improve the quality of care for individuals and populations.
  6. Translate relevant research findings from speech-language pathology and related disciplines to advance clinical speech-language pathology practice and improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.
  7. Influence public policy designed to ensure the safety and quality of healthcare for individuals and populations.
  8. Demonstrate social responsibility and advocacy for individuals and populations experiencing complex health issues related speech, voice, swallowing, language, and/or cognitive impairments.
  9. Lead interdisciplinary health care initiatives at the organizational and systems level to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations with speech, voice, swallowing, language and/or cognitive impairments.

The Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology is scheduled to begin in Fall 2014 with undergraduate prerequisite courses offered beginning in Fall 2013. 

Proposed Plan of Study - 5 Semester Plan

Fall - Semester 1

Code Course Credit
CSD 501 Adult Language Disorders 3
CSD 502 Articulation and Phonological Disorders 3
CSD 503 Pediatric Language Disorders 3
CSD 504 Assessment and Rehabilitation in SLP I 2
CSD 505 Grand Rounds I 2
CSD 506 Fluency Disorders 2
Subtotal: 15

Spring - Semester 2

Code Course Credit
CSD 511 Motor Speech 3
CSD 512 Clinical Ethics and Policy 3
CSD 513 Grand Rounds II 2
CSD 514 Augmentative Communication 2
CSD 515 Audiological Assessment and Rehabilitation 2
CSD 516 Audiological Assessment and Rehabilitation Lab 1
CSD 517​ Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology I​ 2​
Subtotal: 15

Summer - Semester 3

Code Course Credit
CSD 520 Dysphagia Management 4
CSD 521 Assessment and Rehabilitation in SLP II 2
CSD 522 Reading Disabilities 2
CSD 527 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology II 3
Subtotal: 11

Fall - Semester 4

Code Course Credit
CSD 531 Rehabilitation Research Design 3
CSD 532 Voice and Resonance Disorders 3
CSD 533 Endoscopy 2
CSD 534 Communicating with Patients and Families 3
CSD 535 Proseminar 1
CSD 537 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology III 3
Subtotal: 15

Spring - Semester 5

Code Course Credit
CSD 550 Externship in Speech-Language Pathology 4
  or CSD 551 Research for Master's Thesis
                                                                                      Subtotal: 4
Total: 60

 

Clinical Requirements:  A student in the master's program must complete at least 375 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum experience, plus 25 observation hours.