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2023-2024 University Catalog/Handbook (Fall) 
2023-2024 University Catalog/Handbook (Fall) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Speech-Language Pathology, MS-SLP

Speech-Language Pathology is a health and rehabilitation profession that provides screening, evaluation and treatment services for children and adults who have difficulties with language, articulation, voice and resonance, fluency, cognition, hearing, swallowing, social communication, and communication modalities. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are allied health professionals who work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults in settings including acute care, rehabilitation, home health, private practice, public and private schools, and guidance centers. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at USAHS is to graduate clinicians who can identify and manage a full range of communication conditions across the life span. Through the development of critical thinking, cultural competency, ethical standards, and compassionate patient care principles, the graduates will be poised to promote the quality of life for the clients whom they serve. They will be prepared to guide, lead, and influence their profession.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS-SLP program, graduates will demonstrate the ability to

  • differentiate and diagnose communication disorders utilizing evidenced-based practice;
  • outline and implement evidence-based treatment plans appropriate to the disorder and in patient-specific contexts;
  • describe and educate/collaborate/counsel with clients and caregivers on prevention, assessment, and intervention across disorders;
  • distinguish and demonstrate professional practice competencies including; accountability, integrity, effective communication skills, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, care for individuals served, cultural competence, professional duty, and collaborative practice;
  • differentiate and demonstrate cultural and linguistic competence while communicating effectively recognizing the background, needs, values, preferred mode of communication of the client and family;
  • demonstrate knowledge of and participate appropriately with other healthcare professionals in interprofessional teams.

Program Prerequisites

See Admissions, Records, and Registration  for prerequisites and application information. 

Delivery of Coursework

The MS-SLP program is 55–58 credits. Credit hour total varies based on the student’s choice of elective credit courses. The MS-SLP program is offered on a full-time basis over five trimesters. Coursework is provided in a blended learning format. This is a combination of an online learning component with classroom instruction. Clinical classes are taught in a hands-on setting, while some portions of the course content are presented through a variety of interactive online activities and augmented by in-class discussions, patient interactions, and simulation. This learning style allows students to have a vast range of learning techniques at their fingertips.

Standard Occupational Classification code for which program is intended to prepare graduates: Speech-Language Pathologist (29-1127)

The MS-SLP program undergoes a continuous improvement process and is evaluated frequently for enhancements. 

Washington State Residents

The MS-SLP program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in Washington state.