Students will also gain valuable clinical experience both in our in-house clinic and culminating with a full semester of externship practicum in a clinic, hospital and/or school setting.
The graduate speech-language pathology program provides a comprehensive curriculum that prepares the graduate for work in a wide variety of professional settings. In addition to courses typically offered, BU has separate courses in augmentative communication, aphasia, cognitive based language disorders, both a preschool and school-age language course, and swallowing disorders. The study of speech disorders is covered via coursework in articulation, craniofacial disorders, fluency, voice, and motor speech disorders.
The study of swallowing disorders is provided via two courses (one focusing on the anatomy and physiology of normal and disordered swallowing; the second course discusses a wide array of evaluation and management methods). In addition, the Clinical Instrumentation in Speech Pathology course provides students with valuable “hands-on” experience with videostroboscopy, nasometry, and other speech assessment methods that coincide with coursework in Voice Disorders, Craniofacial Disorders, and Motor Speech Disorders.
Graduates of the master's degree program in speech pathology are eligible for certification in Teaching Speech to Language-Impaired Students granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology issued by the Council for Clinical Certification of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensure in speech pathology issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners for Speech, Language and Hearing. Over the past seven years, 100 percent of the graduates have passed the National Examination in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies, applicants for the master's degree program in speech pathology must meet the following requirements.
- Submit a one-page, typed letter detailing your professional background, experience and rationale for seeking admission to the MS Speech-Language Pathology program
- Submit three letters of recommendation from references who have knowledge of your academic and/or clinical background. This information must include the name, address, position, and telephone number of each reference.
- Submit your current resume.
- Submit official GRE scores (*not required for Fall 2021 admission).
- Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in communication disorders and a minimum QPA of 3.0. Applicants must provide up-to-date transcripts. If you are still completing undergraduate course work, you must indicate (a) the name/titles of the courses being completed, and (b) the expected date of completion. Applicants whose major is in an area other than communication disorders will be required to satisfactorily complete certain academic and practicum deficiencies. These will be prescribed by faculty following analysis of the transcript.
Deadline of all application materials is Feb. 1 of the year that you plan to begin the graduate program. Applications are only accepted for fall semester enrollment.
Graduate Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions
The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has been placed on probation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards. Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year.
The decisions can be accessed online at http://caa.asha.org/programs/accreditation-decisions/
Frequently Asked Questions
Out-of-State Licensure and Certification
Bloomsburg University is approved to offer programs that lead to certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensure in Pennsylvania. BU’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is designed to prepare you for the national exam required for certification and leads to eligibility for speech-language pathology licensure in PA.
BU cannot confirm this program meets the requirements for licensure in other states. Other states’ requirements may be viewed at the www.asha.org. Because requirements differ by state, applicants should verify requirements for their state(s) of interest prior to applying to this program. Note that state requirements are subject to change at any time and without notice. Please visit intranet.bloomu.edu/state-authorization and www.asha.org for details.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Admissions Committee accepts graduate students based on the evaluation of an applicant’s ability and readiness for graduate work. The committee may conditionally accept a limited number of undergraduate students enrolled in Bloomsburg University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program who meet the strict criteria established by the Department. The specific conditional acceptance policy is here.