PROGRAM MISSION: The mission of the MS MedSLP master’s program prepares students who are committed to lifelong professional growth and collaborative practice as they provide comprehensive, evidence-based, patient centered care for the betterment of society.
The sixty-six (66) credit MS MedSLP curriculum is a twenty-four (24) month residential program that includes a mix of traditional lecture/lab and blended/online courses during six (6) continuous semesters of classroom and clinical experiences that provide broad-based training plus a specific emphasis for practice in medical settings.
MS MedSLP master’s students will experience at least 25 hours of clinical observation and 375 hours of direct and simulated client/patient contact in a broad array of clinical settings. Clinical settings include, but are not limited to hospitals, clinics, rehab facilities, acute care rehab facilities, long-term acute care facilities, public and private schools, outpatient facilities, and skilled nursing facilities. You will acquire these hours under the supervision of a qualified professional who holds ASHA certification in Speech-Language Pathology.
MS MedSLP students will receive instruction and hands-on experiences performing Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) assessments and provide skilled Intervention. Students will have the opportunity to work with AAC users and their families during clinical experiences, in the schools, and in medical settings.
The MS MedSLP master’s program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions focuses on advanced coursework that will prepare graduates as Medical Speech-Language Pathologists to work in settings such as: hospitals, clinics, and acute care rehab facilities. Speech-language pathologists in a medical setting assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent oral motor, swallowing, cognitive-linguistic, speech, and language disorders.
Upon graduating from the MS MedSLP master’s program, graduates are encouraged to certify for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
The Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) is granted by ASHA in speech-language pathology. It is a nationally recognized credential. Speech-language pathologists who possess a graduate degree are eligible to apply for voluntary certification, which requires the completion of a graduate degree, a supervised clinical fellowship, and a passing score on the national examination. Additionally, the candidate for certification must acquire the requisite knowledge and skills mandated by certification standards while enrolled in a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
For more information, click here to learn more about ASHA certification.
The MS program in medical SLP at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years beginning February 1, 2017 – January 31, 2022. The CAA determined that the program demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards for Accreditation, as outlined in the Standards Compliance Continuum. The program has been awarded a candidacy cycle of five years, will be listed as achieving accreditation candidate status, and will be included in all lists of candidate programs by the CAA. Award of candidacy allows the program to matriculate students into the program as it continues to document compliance with accreditation standards for the duration of the candidacy accreditation cycle.
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, MD 20850
Other Helpful Links
- The American Speech–Language–Hearing Association
- Council on Academic Accreditation
- Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders--Student Page
- Utah Department of Professional Licensing Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
- Utah Licensing
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Entry Level Medical Speech Language Pathology Faculty
Linda J. Spencer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology