Speech-Language Pathology Program

College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus

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

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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.

Program
Masters

Location
Glendale, AZ

Duration
7 Quarters, 21 Months, Full-Time

Intake
August

Class Size
50

Graduation Rate
98%


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.

The Midwestern University Speech-Language Pathology Program’s mission is to prepare compassionate students to be effective clinicians who are reflective, responsive, collaborative, and committed to being lifelong learners and critical consumers of evidence.

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The Speech Language Pathology Program Requests Public Input

The Midwestern University Program in Speech Language Pathology has applied for initial accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation. The Speech Language Pathology Program Faculty and Midwestern University Administration invite you to provide input about the Speech Language Pathology Program's compliance with the published Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Standards). A copy of the Standards for Accreditation and/or the CAA's Policy on Public Comment may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at: ASHA, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850; calling ASHA's Action Center at 1-800-498-2071; or accessing the documents online at http://caa.asha.org/.

Comments may be submitted electronically via email (accreditation@ashs.org) at least two weeks prior to the site visit (by September 25, 2019). To provide comments to the site visit team in person you are invited to attend a public meeting during the Speech Language Pathology Program's site visit. This meeting will be held at 4:15 on October 10, 2019. The address is as follows: 19555 N. 59th Ave., Glendale Hall, Rooms 131/132/133, Glendale, AZ 85308.

  • Students engage in practica at the Speech-Language Institute at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, as well as in 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.

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Program Objectives

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program seeks to:

  1. Foster a humanistic learning environment for students;
  2. Foster a holistic and compassionate approach to patient care;
  3. Graduate competent speech-language pathologists who possess the levels of clinical judgment, understanding, empathy, technical skills, and independence to begin professional practice;
  4. Instill a philosophy of lifelong learning in speech-language pathology students;
  5. Promote research and scholarly activity among the faculty and students;
  6. Develop a clinical practice in the Midwestern University Speech-Language Institute that provides a broad range of evidence-based experiences for speech-language pathology students;
  7. Contribute to the overall growth and academic excellence of Midwestern University by supporting its Mission and Vision.

Mission

The Midwestern University Speech-Language Pathology Program's mission is to prepare compassionate students to be effective clinicians who are reflective, responsive, collaborative, and committed to being lifelong learners and critical consumers of evidence. 

Vision

The Midwestern University Speech-Language Pathology program works collaboratively in a health-oriented university to integrate academic teaching and diverse clinical experiences to develop effective clinicians through:

  • Interprofessional practice
  • Innovative technology experiences
  • Clinical simulation opportunities
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse clinical experiences
  • Scholarly activity
  • Individualized, intentional mentorship
  • Comprehensive and dynamic instruction
  • Clinical, academic, and community partnership

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.

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 Report (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.

1 U.S. News and World Report | http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/speech-language pathologist| Retrieved 3-25-2019

2 U.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 3-25-2019

Individuals applying for admission to the College of Health Sciences Speech-Language Pathology Program must submit documentation of 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 prerequisite coursework in the following areas:
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Communication Mechanisms
    • Phonetics
    • Speech-Language Development
    • Speech and/or Hearing Science
    • Statistics
    • Biological Sciences
    • Physical Sciences (physics or chemistry)
    • Social Sciences
  3. Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and minimum major grade point average (MGPA; all speech-language pathology coursework) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Grades of C or better for prerequisite courses; grades of C- are not acceptable for the prerequisite courses listed above.
  4. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  5. Scores on 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 planned enrollment year.
    • 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. An interview with faculty (invitation only).
  9. During the on-campus interview day, write an essay given a clinical writing prompt (for interview candidates only).
  10. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  11. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.


$76,610
Salary

100%
Pass Rate on Praxis Exam

98%
Graduation Rate

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 (must be physics or chemistry), social sciences)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Incoming Class Profiles

The following data will be added as available:

Academic Year 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of students admitted 50 50  50 50

Average incoming overall GPA

3.41 3.41 3.37 3.36
Average incoming major GPA 3.49 3.51 3.41 3.46

Practicum and Advanced Practicum Placements

  • Students engage in practica at the Speech-Language Institute, housed in the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, and 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:

Program Completion Rate

Academic Year 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number of students completing the program in the expected time frame 49 49  
Percentage of students completing the program in the expected time frame 98% 98%  


Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Graduates

Academic Year  2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number of students taking the Praxis Exam 49  49    
Number of students that passed the Praxis Exam 49  49  
Percent Pass Rate 100%  100%  


Employment Rates of Graduates within One Year of Graduation

Academic Year 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number of graduates employed 48  49    
Percentage of students employed 97.96%  98%    

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 (2016 1) has consistently ranked this profession as one of the most desirable social service jobs in America. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics (2015 2) 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 (2017)

The national median speech-language pathologist salary is $76,610 per year, or approximately $37 per hour. (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook; http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm | Retrieved 1-10-2019)

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