Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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Doctor of Clinical Science
in Speech-Language Pathology

The Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology (ClinScD SLP) degree program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is a seven-term (three terms per year) limited-residency program designed to enable practicing speech-language pathologists to earn their clinical doctorate without uprooting their families and while continuing their full-time work with patients in their communities.

The ClinScD SLP curriculum is focused on evidence-based clinical research and is designed to aid students in advancing their clinical knowledge, skills, and marketability so they can further their career opportunities in the field and better serve their patients with communication and swallowing disorders.

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Important Dates

Fall 2018 Start
Accepting applications through August 20, 2018
Class size: 30
Semester Begins: September 4, 2018
First onsite date: October 5-9, 2018

Summer 2019 Start
Accepting applications through April 15, 2019
Class size: 30
Semester Begins: May 6, 2019
First Onsite dates: TBD

Educational Model

Limited-Residency Program – Primarily online with four onsite visits that range from 2 to 6 days.

As this program is designed for working professionals, coursework and instructional materials are available to students 24/7.

Why Choose RMU?

“In addition to becoming a more competent evidence-based practitioner, the ClinScD program allowed me to pursue my dream of teaching in an academic environment. I value the freedom to choose my research focus and have opportunities for my future career path through this research and degree.”

Amber B. Heape, ClinScD, CCC, CDP

“Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Clinical Science Doctorate for Speech-Language Pathology online program allowed me to pursue an advanced degree that I may not have been able to do otherwise through standard doctorate programs. The program design expanded my knowledge base beyond what is generally offered or expected from similar programs.”

Patricia Weseman, MSEd. CCC-SLP , Mary Lanning Healthcare

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Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Program Highlights

40 credits

Start Date

September 4, 2018

First Onsite Dates

October 5-9, 2018

Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology Degree

The purpose of the ClinScD program is to prepare professionals focused on developing scientifically-trained and clinically-experienced master speech-language pathologists as leaders and change agents by providing broad knowledge of social, political, and economic forces at work in society. Graduates of this program will increase their contribution to healthcare through the knowledge and skills developed through active use and integration of research and concepts of evidenced-based practice, clinical quality improvement, organizational development, leadership and advocacy. The program prepares and supports students in completing a clinical doctoral degree that can provide opportunities for employment in healthcare agencies, schools, and as academic faculty in institutions of higher education.

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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

Note: The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master’s degree programs in speech-language pathology. For clinical doctoral programs in speech-language pathology, there is currently no specialized accrediting body.

Learn more about RMU’s
ClinScD SLP program

We invite you to learn more about what makes Rocky Mountain University’s ClinScD SLP program different from other speech-language pathology degree programs. The RMU program focuses on the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are typically not emphasized during master’s degree programs in speech-language pathology, including active use and integration of research and concepts of evidence-based practice, clinical supervision and quality improvement, organizational development, advocacy, ethics, and leadership.

The clinical doctorate is not an entry-level degree for speech-language pathology but rather an emerging optional career path for practicing clinicians and is currently offered at only a few institutions. We expect our graduates to be viewed as individuals with substantial expertise beyond that obtained in a master’s program, making our graduates able to function at a significantly higher level compared to those with an SLP master’s degree. Our graduates go on to work as independent clinician researchers and use their knowledge and skills to create change in their communities and in the profession as a whole.

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Become a changemaker
in the healthcare industry

Do you aspire to become a doctor of speech-language pathology who can act as an advocate for patients while influencing the profession for good through ethical leadership and groundbreaking research? If so, we invite you to apply to RMU. We’re looking for students who love their work as speech-language pathologists and want to enhance the profession with improved patient care and innovative treatments.

The focus of our doctorate in speech-language pathology program is on developing scientifically trained and clinically experienced speech-language pathologists as leaders and change-agents by providing broad exposure to content relating to the social, political, and economic forces at work in society. If Rocky Mountain University sounds like the place for you, we encourage you to explore our program, talk with a program advisor, and attend a virtual information session to help you decide whether RMU’s speech-language pathology clinical doctorate program is the next step in your career as a doctor of speech pathology.

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We are committed to the development
of Speech-Language Pathologists who can:


Demonstrate Clinical Scholarship

Apply analytical methodologies and scientific evidence to clinical speech-language pathology practice.

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Influence Policy Change

Advocate for policy strategies that optimize access to care and clinical outcomes and promote ethical and legal management of healthcare through education of providers and patients.

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Collaborate with Interprofessional Teams

Work as a constructive team member as necessary to improve clinical care for clients at local, regional, national, and international levels.


Exhibit ethical leadership

Lead diverse teams of practitioners using clinical perspective and sound business practices to transform the evolving speech-pathology industry.


Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology Faculty

“The RMuoHP ClinScD SLP program provides an amazing opportunity for professionals to further their knowledge and research skills while allowing for full-time employment through the hybrid design. I highly recommend this program to determined professionals who are seeking higher education to advance their leadership, clinical and research skills.”
Kristen H. Bellom, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD
“My academic journey at RMUoHP was a positive and fulfilling experience that fostered my knowledge, clinical, and research skills. Each professor provided a comprehensive and collective approach to my studies and afforded me the opportunity to grow autonomously. This doctorate program of clinical science in speech pathology gave me the opportunity to gain the tools to be a more effective clinician, supervisor, and researcher while standing on a strong foundation of professional ethics.”
Patricia San Miguel, M.S., CCC/SLP
“When I began my doctoral education in May 2015, I was honored to be a part of the first cohort for the post-professional clinical doctoral degree in speech-language pathology at RMUoHP, and excited to be a pioneer for the new clinical doctorate degree in my field. Though I anticipated this degree would open new professional doors, I did not adequately predict the significant impact RMUoHP would have on my life and career. Partway through my program at RMUoHP, I was selected for a tenure-track faculty position at my Alma Mater. RMUoHP’s ClinScD program provided me a solid foundation in clinical research and supervision, which has been integral to my success as an assistant professor and clinical supervisor. My ClinScD from RMUoHP was the key that unlocked my dream of teaching at the university level, and for that, I will be forever grateful.”
Courtney G. Scott, CScD, CCC-SLP, Your Content Goes Here

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