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Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Bloomsburg University's Speech-Language Pathology master's program prepares students for clinical practice with a variety of communication disorders and in a variety of clinical settings. The program provides students with wide-ranging academic experience in all areas of speech-language pathology.

Degrees & Offerings
  • M.S.
Department
College
Program Contact
Speech-Language Pathology MS Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
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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.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies, applicants for the MS in Speech-Language Pathology Program must meet the following requirements.

  • 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 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 applicant’s transcript.

Application Process

  • Applications to Bloomsburg University’s MS in Speech-Language Pathology program are managed by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS).  The applicant portal opens in early August and can be accessed using this link: CSDCAS Portal.
  • Materials to be submitted through CSDCAS include:
    • a one-page, typed letter detailing your professional background, experience and rationale for seeking admission to the MS in Speech-Language Pathology Program
    • three letters of recommendation from references who have knowledge of your academic and/or clinical background.
    • current resume.
    • GRE scores (*not required for Fall 2022 admission).
  • The deadline for receipt and verification of all application materials is Feb. 1st  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

Graduate Handbook

CAA Accreditation

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

Video: Dr. Scarpino and Dr. Smith Explain the 2020 CAA Visit Decision


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 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.

Courses and Curriculum

The MS program in Speech-Language Pathology at Bloomsburg University is a five (5) semester program.

CSD 550 Aphasia
CSD 552 Language Disorders in Preschool Children
CSD 554 Fluency Disorders
CSD 556 Disorders of Phonology and Articulation
CSD 558 Clinical Practicum and Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology I
CSD 560 Voice Disorders
CSD 562 Language Disorders in School-aged Children
CSD 564 Craniofacial Disorders
CSD 565 Motor Speech Disorders
CSD 566 Clinical Practicum and Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology II
CSD 570 Cognitive Based Language Disorders
CSD 572 Augmentative Communication
CSD 574 Clinical Instrumentation in Speech Pathology
CSD 576 Clinical Practicum and Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology III
CSD 581 Swallowing I: Anatomy, Physiology, Disorders
CSD 582 Research in Speech and Language Pathology
CSD 583 Swallowing II: Assessment and Management
CSD 584 Field Experience in Speech Language Pathology I
CSD 586 Field Experience in Speech Language Pathology II

Course Descriptions 

First Fall
CSD 582
Research in Communication Disorders (3 credits)
CSD 552 Language Disorders in Preschool Age Children (3 credits)
CSD 572 Augmentative Communication (3 credits)
CSD 556 Phon/Articul Disorders (3 credits)
CSD 502 Intro to Clinic (1 credit)

First Spring
CSD 558
Clinical Practicum and Professional Issues I (3 credits)
CSD 560 Voice Disorders (3 credits)
CSD 562 Language Disorders in School Age Children (3 credits)
CSD 550 Aphasia (3 credits)
CSD 574 Clinical Instrumentation (1 credits) May be taken SECOND FALL instead

Summer
CSD 554
Fluency Disorders (3 credits)
CSD 564 Craniofacial Disorders (3 credits)
CSD 566 Clinical Practicum and Professional Issues II (3 credits)
CSD 581 Swallowing I (3 credits)

Second Fall
CSD 565
Motor Speech Disorders (3 credits)
CSD 576 Clinical Practicum and Professional Issues III (3 credits)
CSD 570 Cognitive Based Language Disorders (3 credits)
CSD 583 Swallowing II (3 credits)

Second Spring
CSD 584
Field Experience in SLP I (3 credits)
CSD 586 Field Experience in SLP II (3 credits)

Graduate students must maintain a QPA of 3.0 with no more than one grade lower than a B- throughout the graduate speech-language pathology program. If a grade lower than a B- is earned in the final clinic course prior to externship (AUDSLP 576), the course must be repeated with a grade of B or higher prior to enrolling in a field experience. If a grade lower than a B- is earned in a field experience (AUDSLP 584 or AUDSLP 586), the course must be repeated. To progress in the graduate program, students must maintain an adequate academic standing and adhere to the department suitability clause.

The graduate program consists of a minimum of 56 semester hours with most courses being required. Clinical experience is considered necessary and inseparable from the existing course sequence. It becomes an important step in the development of a competent clinician, linking theory with clinical experience, and preparing for certification and eventual employment in the field.


Program Completion Rate

Period Number Completing
On-time
Number Completing
Later Than On-time
Number Not
Completing
Total
2019-2020 27 0 0 100%
2018-2019 27 0 0 100%
2017-2018 27 0 0 100%
Three-year Average       100%

Employment Rate

Academic Year Number of Graduates Employed Number of Graduates
Not Employed
Percent of Graduates
2018-2019 27 0 100%
2017-2018 27 1 96.43%
2016-2017 28 0 100%
Three-year Average     98.81%

PRAXIS Pass Rate

Period Number of Test-Takers
Taking the Exam
Number of Test-Takers
Passed
Pass Rate
2019-2020 22 22 100%
2018-2019 27 27 100%
2017-2018 22 21 95.45%
Three-year Average     98.59%
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Practical Learning

Practicum

Practicum opportunities are available through BU's on-campus Audiology Clinic in Centennial Hall and contracted services the clinic provides to local public schools, hospitals, private practices and industry. Affiliations are also in place with more than 80 hospitals clinics, public school and private practice settings.

In-house clinic:

  • Hearing Aid Clinic — selection, verification and orientation of analog and digital technology across the life span
  • Hospital Clinic — newborn hearing screening, occupational medicine and in- and out-patient services
  • Aural Rehabilitation — infant habilitation and counseling with a parent-centered focus, school-age evaluation for assistive devices and amplification, geriatric rehabilitation
  • Electrophysiology Clinic Diagnostic Testing — otoacoustic emissions, auditory evoked potentials, visual evoked potentials, somatosensory evoked potentials, stacked auditory evoked potential, electrocochleography, steady state evoked potentials
  • Tinnitus Clinic — diagnostic and rehabilitative services, auditory maskers, counseling, and tinnitus retraining therapy
  • Vestibular Balance Clinic — diagnostic and rehabilitative services, electronystagmography (ENG), rotational chair, computerized dynamic posturography (CDP), vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP)
  • School-Age Central Auditory Processing Disorders — assistive-devices, auditory trainers, cochlear implants

The Husky Difference

98.81%
Employment Rate
for graduates of BU's MS in Speech-Language Pathology program in the past three years.

Speech-Language Pathology Aphasia Therapy

Bloomsburg University’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program promoted literacy with Danville Head Start students at the Aphasia Center in Danville, using resources from the BU Toy Library for a joint therapy session with Aphasia patients.

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