Speech-Language Pathology is one of several programs offered in the Department of Human Services. The program offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees that meet the requirements for state licensure and national certification in speech-language pathology.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic is located on the 2nd floor of the Human Services building where students participate in supervised clinical practicum experiences. Students are provided with a practical hands-on approach to training that includes an emphasis on integration of evidence-based practice. They perform on-site speech, language, and hearing evaluations and work with clients of all ages to assess, diagnose and treat various communication disorders. Externship sites are also available where students have the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals across the lifespan in medical settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, state schools, public schools, and home health agencies.
This program began in 1962 and was initiated by Mac Mosely. In 1974 the graduate program was discontinued, but the undergraduate program grew significantly. In 1977, the graduate program was reopened and in 1992 became fully accredited by ASHA. Since its creation, this program has had a very strong and committed faculty.
The employment outlook for speech-language pathologists continues to be excellent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predicts a 10 percent increase in the number of available jobs between 2006 and 2016. Speech-language pathology majors may choose from a large number of available positions in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation settings and private practices with an annual starting salary of $50,000 to $82,000 after being awarded the M.S. degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012, the national average salary is $55,000 in a school setting and $70,000 in a medical setting. In the 2008 survey of employers of our alumni, our graduates receive high praise. A majority responded that our graduates exceeded their expectations in clinical preparation. A majority also indicated that our graduates came to them with skills in some areas higher than graduates from other programs.