College of Education and Rehabilitation

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Sample Speech-Language Pathology Curriculum

The Salus University Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology will consist of 65 graduate credits that will include a series of clinical practicums.

The following sample curriculum is subject to change:

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
  • Prevention, Assessment & Treatment of Communication Disorders in Children: Zero to Five
  • Prevention, Assessment & Treatment of  Communication Disorders in School-Aged Children: Six to Twenty-One 
  • Multicultural Issues in Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Evidence Based Practice/General Concepts
  • Clinical Processes & Decision Making 
  • Clinical Observation  

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • Neuroscience 
  • Applied Integrative Anatomy for Speech-Language Pathology
  • (Gross Anatomy Course Using Dissected Cadavers)
  • Research Design and Evidence Based Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Voice Disorders   
  • Professional Issues and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Clinical Management-1  
  • Clinical Practicum-1

Semester 3 (Summer)

  • Adult Neurological Language and Cognitive Disorders  
  • Dysphagia
  • Motor Speech Disorders*
  • Clinical Management-2  
  • Clinical Practicum-2

(* MSD to include adult fluency disorders)

Semester 4 (Fall 2)

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Aural Habilitation and Rehabilitation
  • Craniofacial Anomalies 
  • Computer Applications in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Clinical Management-3
  • Clinical Practicum-3

Semester 5 (Spring 2)

For this semester, a total of six (6) credit courses equaling 10 credit hours is required.
(Required courses = 4;    Electives = 2)     

  • Capstone Project (required) 
  • Counseling and Interviewing (required)
  • Speech and Language in Autism (elective)
  • Fluency Disorders (elective)
  • Low-Incidence Disabilities (elective)
  • School Law (elective)
  • Education & Healthcare Leadership (elective)
  • Cognitive-linguistic Disorders in Traumatic Brain Injury (elective)
  • Medical Speech-Language Pathology (elective)
  • Prevention of Communication Disorders (elective)
  • Clinical Management-4 (required)
  • Clinical Practicum-4 (required) 

Semester 6   (Summer 2)

  • Clinical Practicum  5  
  • PRAXIS II / Comprehensive Exam Preparation 

Upon successful completion of the SLP degree program, Salus graduates will:

  • Be eligible to begin a Clinical Fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology. Those who successfully complete the Clinical Fellowship Year and obtain a passing score on the PRAXIS II Exam in Speech-Language Pathology may then apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • Be eligible for state licensure in Speech-Language Pathology within Pennsylvania and other U.S. states.*
  • Be eligible for state certification as a School Speech-Language Pathologist within Pennsylvania and other U.S. states.*

(* State requirements for licensure and certification may vary slightly.)

09.23.2013