College of Education and Rehabilitation
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology Degree Program
The University is proud to announce a new Master of Science degree program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) to begin in the 2014-2015 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 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 low vision and blindness 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.
Carolyn Mayo, PhD, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathology Program Director, Department Chair
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.
Where do SLP professionals work?
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.
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.
Accreditation signifies to students, the general public and all interested parties that the Salus program of study has met the rigorous standards designed to ensure that programs are striving toward excellence in educating students both in the classroom and the clinic.
Currently, the Speech-Language Pathology program at Salus University is pursuing candidacy status by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA/ASHA). Until candidacy status is conferred, the program and the institution agree to not enroll students into the applicant program until such time that candidacy status has been awarded by the CAA.
The University anticipates welcoming its inaugural class during Academic Year 2014-15 pending the awarding of candidacy status by ASHA. Candidacy status by ASHA for new programs in speech-language pathology can remain in effect up to the fifth year of a program.
The ASHA website provides greater detail on what accreditation requires and means to both students and the public. Concerns regarding Salus University’s CAA/ASHA accreditation may be referred to the CAA. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Carolyn Mayo, PhD, CCC-SLP, department chair and program director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.780.3114.