Master of Science
in Speech-Language Pathology

medical emphasis

The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology (MS SLP) with a medical emphasis program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is a 24-month, full-time residential program that includes a mixture of traditional lecture/lab and blended/online courses. The program includes six semesters of classroom and clinical experiences as preparation for practice in medical settings.

MS SLP master’s students experience at least 25 hours of clinical observation and 375 hours of direct and simulated 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. Students acquire these hours under the supervision of a qualified professional who holds ASHA certification in Speech-Language Pathology. Upon graduating from the MS SLP master’s program, graduates are prepared to certify for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

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Important Dates

Application Deadline: April 15, 2021
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Semester Begins: August 30, 2021

Academic Model

Residential Program with clinical assignments both locally and nationally.

Program Information

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66 credits
25 hours of clinical observation
375 hours of direct and simulated patient contact

Start Date

August 31, 2020

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Degree

This program prepares graduates as Medical Speech-Language Pathologists to work in settings such as hospitals, clinics, and acute care rehab facilities.

Students who complete this degree are eligible to sit for national certification as a speech-language pathologist (i.e., the CCC-SLP) and, upon passage, may practice as a licensed speech-language pathologist.

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Program Highlights

Location

As our name implies, our campus is in the Rocky Mountains! RMUoHP is nestled in Utah Valley, almost at the foot of a mountain; nature Is our backyard. There are many outdoor recreational opportunities close by, whether within a few minutes’ or a few hours’ drive, such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, river rafting, camping, and star gazing. Utah is home to seven national parks, over 120 lakes, including six reservoirs within one hour’s drive. Red Rock country is just a few hours drive away: Arches, Zions, Goblin Valley, Bryce Canyon, etc. Utah is famous for its world-class skiing and winter sports. Our campus is only 20 minutes away from Sundance, and an hour away from Park City, host to the 2002 Winter Olympics. With 14 ski resorts, 12 of which are located in Northern Utah, you can enjoy outdoor activities year-round.

Onsite Pro Bono Clinic

Our onsite pro-bono clinic (Center for Communication Disorders) is designed to serve those who cannot afford speech-language or communication disorders treatment or those who have exceeded the limits of their
insurance allotment. We know there are people in our community that are in need of care, and we help
provide Utah County with the treatment and specialized care that they need. Our students, working alongside and learning from faculty, have opportunities early in their program to be involved in the clinic and to meet with patients.

Medical Emphasis

This program prepares graduates as Medical Speech-Language Pathologists to work in settings such as hospitals, clinics, and acute care rehab facilities. Our students are prepared to work in medical settings and to assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent oral motor, swallowing, cognitive-linguistic, speech, and language disorders.

Nationwide Externship Opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to complete their externship in various locations nationwide. These settings
will include, but are not limited to, clinics, hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, rehab centers, etc.

Opportunity for international service in Africa

Each year, during the summer semester break, students can opt to travel to Africa with faculty,
and students of other programs as part of a voluntary service-learning course focusing on humanitarian
efforts. In addition to building and supplying village schools with learning tools, students will be introduced to
third-world clinical experiences and will spend time both in the clinics/hospitals as well as the local village.

Easy transition into RMUoHP’s Doctor of Speech Language Pathology program

Our Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology degree is for SLPs who want to advance 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. The SLPD program is mostly online, so students can continue their full-time work with patients in their communities without relocating.

Graduation Rate – 88%

Student Leadership for MS SLP

NSSLHA Student Leadership (Class of 2019)

Stacy Mathew-Treasurer
Jerica Balousek-Service Chair
Desiree Gilman-Historian
Bridget DiStefano-Vice President
Mary Jackson-President
Colby Powell-Secretary
Lamija Okic-Graduate Student Council Representative
Erika Buenaflor-Social Event Chair

NSSLHA’s student leadership opportunities enable students to volunteer at a national level, and to serve their fellow classmates.

Center for Communication Disorders Community Clinic

Our students have the opportunity to volunteer in our Center for Communication Disorders community clinic. Some of the highlights of the clinic are:

• Students making a difference in client’s lives
• Real people, real issues, real clinicians
• Learning by doing
• Student-supervisor collaboration

Program FAQ

The program is 6 semesters (24 months) long. It is a year-round program with breaks (typically around 2 weeks in length) in between each semester.
At the beginning of the program, each student sits down with our clinical education team and together they work out where they will be placed for each rotation. There is a lot of leg work that will need to be performed by the student, but the clinical coordinator team works with local and national institutions to assist in assigning those externships. There are no guarantees that students will get their first choice of geographical location or setting type, but student input and desires are strongly considered.
No. We have clinical opportunities throughout the nation. You are likely to stay local, such as in our onsite pro-bono clinic, during the first year of the program. During the summer semester and as you progress through the program, there will be opportunities and availability to go outside of Utah for your externship.
We are looking to accept 35 students in each cohort. Each cohort begins in September.
The CSDCAS application cycle opens up in August and closes April 1st (this date could change). All materials need to be received and verified by this deadline to be considered for review.
Yes. Rolling admission is where the program interviews and accepts applicants as the cycle goes on.
No. The only application is CSDCAS.
Yes. A minimum aggregate score of 289 is required. Aggregate means both the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections combine to equal a score of at least 289.
With the number of applications received, the program will look at those that meet the qualifications first but will also consider those applicants that are close to meeting the minimums but fall just short.
Whatever day will get your official GRE scores to us before our deadline. Typically, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) takes up to 7-10 days to get the official scores sent, so plan accordingly. All materials, including official GRE scores, need to be received before our final deadline.
Yes. As long as you have our school code (7713) or have sent out your letters or recommendation requests to your references, you can submit the application, and your letters and GRE scores will get attached when completed. Again, all official scores and letters need to be received by the deadline.
We have no restrictions as to where we obtain our students. We accept students from all over the nation and don’t have any regulations as to how many in-state or out-of-state students we must accept.
Yes. Courses can be taken anywhere or online as long as they satisfy our prerequisite requirements. You can confirm all courses either by contacting us directly or submitting this form.
Yes. You are allowed to have a few prerequisite courses pending or in progress when you submit the application. These courses will need to be completed before the program start date in September. If an acceptance offer is extended, updated official transcripts will need to be re-submitted prior to the semester start.
Salt Lake City is roughly a 35-minute drive north of Provo.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
CAA Candidate SLP - RMUoHP

The MS SLP program 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
800-498-2071
caa.asha.org

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

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.

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Take the first step toward earning your masters in speech-language pathology

Do you dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist who can influence healthcare systems in your local community and across the industry? If so, applying to earn your masters in speech-language pathology at RMUoHP is the first step toward achieving your professional and educational goals.

We invite you to explore the program information on our website, talk with MS SLP alumni, attend a virtual information session, and meet with a program advisor to help you decide whether Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ speech-language pathology program is right for you. We are here to help as you make this decision and hope to see you in our classroom soon.

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Learn more about our Masters of Speech-Language Pathology program

We encourage you to learn more about what makes Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ MS SLP program different from other masters of speech-language pathology programs. Our MS SLP students 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 schools, and in medical settings.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ Speech-Language Pathology master’s program focuses on advanced coursework that will prepare graduates as Speech-Language Pathologists to work in settings such as hospitals, clinics, and acute care rehab facilities. Our students are prepared to work in medical settings and to assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent oral motor, swallowing, cognitive-linguistic, speech, and language disorders. Graduates of our medical MS SLP program are eligible to sit for national certification as a speech-language pathologist (i.e., the CCC-SLP).

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We are committed to the development
of speech-language pathologists who can:

CCC-Certification

Obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence

Earn voluntary CCC certification by ASHA, which requires the completion of a graduate degree, a supervised clinical fellowship, and a passing score on the national examination.

 
Leadership

Demonstrate Professional Leadership

Exhibit competency in medical speech-language pathology, health policy, diversity and professional practice issues.

 
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Diagnose and Treat Patients in Clinical Settings

Confidently assess and treat speech sound disorders, motor speech disorders, cranio-facial anomalies, traumatic brain injury, neurogenic language disorders, aphasia, and fluency disorders.

 
evidence based research

Utilize Evidence-Based Research

Consume and apply current research and best practices to improve patient care and advance the field of medical speech-language pathology.

 
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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Faculty

“The MS SLP program has been both challenging and transformative. It quickly became an unexpected home away from home for me.”
Bridget DiStefano
“The RMU MS SLP program really went out of its way to show interest in me as an individual, that personal connection is why I picked RMU.”
Steven Hartmann, BA Communicative Disorders
“I believe that you become the people you surround yourself with. Attending the MS SLP Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals is giving me a great opportunity to surround myself with top in the nation educators who are highly experienced, competent and passionate in our field.”
Mary Christensen, B.S. Communication Disorders

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First Year Class Averages

  • GPA range: 3.0 – 4.0
  • GRE Verbal average: 149
  • GRE Quantitative average: 148
  • GRE Analytic average: 3.59

Student Outcome Rates

Program Praxis Pass rates 93%
(As of January 25th, 2020)
Program completion rates 97%
(As of January 25th, 2020)
Program Employment rates 97%
(As of January 25th, 2020)