College of Education and Rehabilitation

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology Degree Program

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The University is proud to announce a new Master of Science degree program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) to begin in the 2015-2016 academic year. A master's degree is the standard credential in the profession of SLP. In keeping with the Salus emphasis on a sound background in the biomedical sciences, interprofessional education and clinical skills, graduates of this new degree program will receive the necessary education and training to become integral members of today’s healthcare and education teams, and future leaders in their profession.

The mission of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with communication and swallowing impairments through excellence in interdisciplinary education, service delivery and research, and to increase the numbers, diversity and leadership roles of speech-language pathology practitioners in education and rehabilitation settings worldwide.

The Salus University reputation for quality and innovative education is well-earned. The opportunity to interact with students and faculty from Salus programs in optometry, audiology, physician assistant, public health, occupational therapy, and blindness and low vision education and rehabilitation will afford SLP students a unique and valuable perspective not found in all SLP programs. For those SLP students who are interested in research, Salus University also has a degree program in the biomedical sciences.

What is speech-language pathology?

Speech-language pathology (SLP) professionals are educated and trained to assess, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders. They help infants and children who have never developed speech-language or eating and feeding skills. They also work with children and adults who have lost these abilities due to illness or injury. Speech-language pathologists assess, treat, and work to prevent speech, language, cognitive, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other communication disorders in patients of all ages.

Students working together.

Where do SLP professionals work?

Working with children.

SLP professionals work in pre-schools, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation settings, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, government and private research agencies and corporations. Patients are also seen in their homes by SLPs. Additionally, many traveling SLPs prefer to spend short or extended periods of time at facilities around the country. Opportunities for a variety of employment categories abound for speech-language pathologists!

Within the profession, an individual can choose to work with infants, children, adolescents, adults and seniors.  Irrespective of the populations served, the role of speech-language pathologists is to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent speech, language, voice and swallowing problems.

Working with adults.

According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics, career opportunities for speech-language pathology degree holders are expected to increase 23% by 2020 – faster than many other professions. The combination of growth in the profession and an expected increase in retirements among current SLPs in the coming years should create excellent job opportunities for qualified speech-language pathologists. Outstanding opportunities exist for those SLPs who are bilingual or multilingual.


The Salus University Department of Speech-Language Pathology has applied for accreditation with the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is recognized as an accrediting agency for audiology and speech-language pathology education programs by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

"Pre-accreditation" status with the CAA is awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years. Stated differently, new programs are considered to have candidacy through CAA.  As a candidate for accreditation, the Salus University M.S. Degree Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology will abide by all ASHA standards.  Further, graduates from the M.S. Degree program will meet the academic and clinical requirements for ASHA certification in Speech-Language Pathology as outlined by the ASHA Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) and are eligible to apply for state licensure and/or state certification.  Holding Candidacy, which precedes full accreditation status, signifies that the Salus University program in speech-language pathology complies with CAA standards for accreditation. An accredited status (candidacy or full) must be awarded prior to enrolling students. 

For more information on the CAA process, please contact Dr. Carolyn M. Mayo, Chair and Program Director, Department of Speech-Language Pathology at   For additional information on the purpose and role of CAA, please visit the  ​Council on Academic Accreditation website.

Mailing Address:
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
College of Education and Rehabilitation
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA  19027-1516