College of Health and Human Services2021-2022
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Clinical Speech - Language Pathology, Master of Science
This curriculum is designed to meet American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) standards for entry into professional practice. After completing these requirements, you are prepared to apply for ASHA's requirements for clinical certification.
This program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
This program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology?
As part of the allied health professions, Speech-Language Pathology represents one of the fastest growing fields in the country. Speech-Language Pathologists also have broad-based opportunities to make a difference across a wide range of clinical populations. In this program, you will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty who are ASHA-certified and who have extensive experience and specialized training in various practice areas of clinical speech-language pathology and audiology.
The clinical speech-language pathology program has a strong clinical emphasis which places a high premium on addressing the communicative and learning needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations and includes a comprehensive, up-to-date array of academic coursework and clinical practica that mirror current needs in the field. Graduate students in this program have the opportunity to learn from clinical faculty members, who operate a full service speech,-language-hearing clinic.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
See the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA)
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||63 - 69|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Research||Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Additional Fees/Program Fees||Required|
|Progression Plan Link||View Program of Study|
This program may lead to licensure.
The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northern Arizona University is to advance the knowledge and practice in human communication and its disorders, to prepare our students to lead in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and to enable all individuals to communicate, read, write, think, and learn, in order to succeed in a changing world.
To accomplish this mission, we intend to:
- acquire new knowledge through empirical research
- promote scholarship and other creative works
- contribute to the profession at local, regional, national and international levels
- foster critical thought in a learning-centered environment
- incorporate technology to enhance classroom and clinical teaching
- mentor students to achieve professional competence in serving individuals of all ages
- serve as a local and regional clinical resource for individuals with communication disorders
- foster interdisciplinary collaboration
- excel in professional service
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes align with the accreditation standards of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) on behalf of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Knowledge Outcomes: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of
- the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences
- basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span.
- communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates in the following areas:
- voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation;
- receptive and expressive language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, prelinguistic communication and paralinguistic communication) in speaking, listening, reading, writing;
- hearing, including the impact on speech and language;
- swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, and related functions, including oral function for feeding, orofacial myology);
- cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem-solving, executive functioning);
- social aspects of communication (including challenging behavior, ineffective social skills, and lack of communication opportunities);
- augmentative and alternative communication modalities.
- the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates.
- processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice and how to access sources of research information and have demonstrated the ability to relate research to clinical practice
- contemporary professional issues that affect speech-language pathology. Issues typically include trends in professional practice, academic program accreditation standards, ASHA practice policies and guidelines, and reimbursement procedures.
- entry level and advanced certifications, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials, as well as local, state, and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice
Skills Outcomes: The applicant for certification must have completed a program of study that included experiences sufficient in breadth and depth to achieve the following skills outcomes:
- Conduct screening and prevention procedures (including prevention activities).
- Collect case history information and integrate information from clients/patients, family, caregivers, teachers, and relevant others, including other professionals.
- Select and administer appropriate evaluation procedures, such as behavioral observations, nonstandardized and standardized tests, and instrumental procedures.
- Adapt evaluation procedures to meet client/patient needs.
- Interpret, integrate, and synthesize all information to develop diagnoses and make appropriate recommendations for intervention.
- Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support evaluation.
- Refer clients/patients for appropriate services.
- Develop setting-appropriate intervention plans with measurable and achievable goals that meet clients'/patients' needs. Collaborate with clients/patients and relevant others in the planning process.
- Implement intervention plans (involve clients/patients and relevant others in the intervention process).
- Select or develop and use appropriate materials and instrumentation for prevention and intervention.
- Measure and evaluate clients'/patients' performance and progress.
- Modify intervention plans, strategies, materials, or instrumentation as appropriate to meet the needs of clients/patients.
- Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support intervention.
- Identify and refer clients/patients for services as appropriate.
- Interaction and Personal Qualities
- Communicate effectively, recognizing the needs, values, preferred mode of communication, and cultural/linguistic background of the client/patient, family, caregivers, and relevant others.
- Collaborate with other professionals in case management.
- Provide counseling regarding communication and swallowing disorders to clients/patients, family, caregivers, and relevant others.
- Adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics and behave professionally.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- GRE® revised General Test
- Must also complete CSDCAS application
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Prerequisites (completed prior to enrolling in the program)
- For additional details please see http://www.nau.edu/CHHS/CSD/Program/Foundational-and-Prerequisite-Courses/
- Personal statement or essay
- IVP Fingerprint clearance card
- List of courses taken in the field
This Master’s degree requires 63-69 units distributed as follows:
- Clinical Speech-Language Pathology Coursework: 31 to 34 units
- Additional Coursework: 8 units
- Elective coursework or graduate research: 6 units
- Clinical practica: 6 to 9 units
- Fieldwork experience or externship: 12 units
Take the following 63 - 69 units:
- CSD 508, CSD 510, CSD 510L, CSD 515, CSD 521, CSD 531, CSD 541, CSD 551*, CSD 552*, CSD 554, CSD 556, CSD 557, CSD 558 (31-34 units)
- CSD 651, CSD 652, CSD 653 (8 units)
- CSD 602, clinical practica (9 units for full-time track) or (6 units for Summers-only track)
- CSD 608, fieldwork experience or externship. Please note that this final clinical experience involves 12 weeks of full-time clinical practice at a pre-arranged clinical site. (12 units)
- Graduate coursework comprised of electives and/or graduate research (6 units)
*Students entering the program without CSD 405 (Neurological Foundations of Speech, Language, and Hearing) or its equivalent, must take CSD 508 prior to enrolling in CSD 551 CSD 552 and CSD 558.
You may complete this plan through one of the following tracks:
- Full-time Track: If you have a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology, you will complete the plan requirements in consecutive semesters.
- Full-time Leveler Track: If you have a bachelor's degree in another discipline, you will complete the plan requirements, including undergraduate pre-requisite courses, in consecutive semesters.
- Students applying to the Full-time Leveler Track must successfully complete up to 21 additional undergraduate credit hours. These courses may include: Phonetics, Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism, Language Development in Children, Speech-Language Sciences, Hearing Science, Neurological Foundations of Speech, Language and Hearing (if not previously taken, this course will be integrated into your graduate course sequence) and Survey of Audiology.
- Summers-only Track: If you have a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and are currently employed in the field, you will complete the degree requirements through summer course work, some online academic-year course work, two clinical practica at your work site, and one non-school/medical site in the fourth summer.
All students must pass a comprehensive examination that is administered by the department.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
- PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
- Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $40 per credit hour has been approved for this program.
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