Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
Prepare for your career in the dynamic and growing field of speech-language pathology at USAHS, a university dedicated to providing high quality graduate education in health sciences. Our hybrid MS-SLP program combines online classes with one on-campus laboratory session per trimester, giving you the flexibility to complete much of your coursework when and where it’s convenient for you.
USAHS’s student-centered community, led by faculty, many of whom are practicing clinicians, creates a learning environment across professions so that you graduate with the skills necessary to succeed in today’s interprofessional healthcare environment. What’s more, you’ll create personal connections with a strong network of colleagues and alumni for professional development and career opportunities.
Speech-language pathology is predicted to grow 21% from 2014 to 2024—faster than the average for all occupations and faster than other health practitioner occupations. Plus, the profession gives you opportunities to specialize with patients across the lifespan and in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, or even your own clinic.
You’ll also have the personal satisfaction of knowing that you’re using your knowledge and creativity to help people overcome communication challenges and achieve their goals.
The mission of the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at USAHS is to graduate clinicians who can identify and manage a full range of communication conditions across the life span. Through development of critical thinking, cultural competency, ethical standards, and compassionate patient care principles, the graduates will be poised to promote the quality of life for the clients whom they serve. They will be prepared to guide, lead, and influence their profession.
As a full-time student in our year-round trimester system, you can graduate in 5 terms (1 year, 10 months).
Our innovative online courses give you the flexibility to study and live at a distance or closer to campus. Online didactic coursework along with required on-campus sessions are designed to provide simulating environments very similar to those you’ll experience in your career. From your first day of class through graduation, you’ll have a dedicated, practicing faculty mentor working with you.
You will also have opportunities to engage in co-curricular activities with your peers. Optional conference attendance, mentoring, interprofessional projects, on-campus clinics, and learning experiences held in USAHS’s Center for Innovative Clinical Practice will be available to provide support and strengthen learning outcomes.
Our clinical education department has relationships with more than 5,000 clinics, hospitals, and schools in 47 states. That gives you a diverse range of options for clinical practicum courses where you’ll be mentored in essential workplace skills and you can determine the setting that is the best fit for your career.
You’ll study in an interdisciplinary online/on-campus environment where you’ll collaborate with faculty and peers in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other patient-centered professions who will be your colleagues in the workplace.
USAHS has developed it’s MS-SLP program around a strategic planning process, a summary includes:
- Strengthen USA’s College of Rehabilitation Sciences portfolio by adding a Speech Language Pathology program to its current Physical and Occupational Therapy programs;
- First intake in Austin in Sep 2018 Degree with flexible offering appealing to the busy working professionals (most didactic courses will be online with few on-campus experiences and clinicals);
- Employment in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) is projected to grow at 21% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average of all occupations;
- Develop a quality curriculum with flexible options for accessible education;
- Utilize innovative technologies and simulation for didactic and clinical preparation;
- Provide nationwide opportunity for clinical experience
For more information on the strategic plan please contact Program Director Dr. Kathy Wheat at firstname.lastname@example.org
 “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm (February 13, 2017)