Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology

Become a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist. Help patients find their voice.

Med SLP | Residential | 24 Months

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Our MS MedSLP Program

Hear from students, faculty, and the program director about our medical SLP program and our “why.”

MS MedSLP Program Highlights

Medical SLP Program

Prepare to work as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist upon graduation. Care for patients in medical settings such as hospitals, acute care, rehab facilities, and clinics. Learn how to assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent oral motor, swallowing, cognitive-linguistic, speech, and language disorders.

Onsite Pro-bono Clinic

Volunteer in our onsite pro-bono clinic, the Center for Communication Disorders. Care for and serve real patients. Our clinic serves members of Utah County who can’t afford speech and language treatments. Make a difference in clients’ lives as you practice what you learn.

Nationwide Externship Opportunities

Complete your final semester externship in various locations nationwide. Externship settings include, but are not limited to, clinics, hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, and rehab centers. You’ll rotate through at least one educational, hospital, and medical setting for your externships.
Alongside completing three externships, you’ll also have three internal rotations.

International Service-Learning Opportunities

Serve in Africa. Spend time in the local clinics, hospitals and villages. Each year during the summer semester break, students can choose to travel with faculty and university administration to provide humanitarian work and gain exposure in third-world clinical experiences.

Avenue to Earn Your Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Prepare yourself for success. Make the transition from your MS MedSLP to an SLPD, the clinical doctorate for speech-language pathologists, once you have your necessary clinical experience. An SLPD deepens your clinical knowledge, lets you specialize further, prepares you for leadership and supervision roles, and more.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare to be the best medically-based speech-language pathologist possible. We prepare you so you can make a difference in your patients’ lives and in the field.
Medical SLP with patient with swallowing disorder

Medical Core

Delve into the medical side of SLP as you learn how to assess and treat dysphagia, aphasia, tracheostomy- and ventilator-dependent individuals, neurogenic language disorders, cancers of the head and neck, and more. Learn how to use medical technology, such as endoscopy, during the program.

Clinical & School-Based Internships

You’ll be in a clinic each semester. You’ll have three internal rotations and three external rotations. During the first three semesters, you’ll serve patients in our on-campus pro-bono clinic. The second three semesters, you rotate to different clinical settings. These settings include an educational setting, a hospital setting, and a medical setting. Learn how to be a practicing speech-language pathologist and how to best serve patients during clinicals.

Interprofessionalism

Alongside taking courses in professionalism, you’ll also practice interprofessionalism, where you’ll learn how to integrate patient care across healthcare professions. Every semester you’ll be involved in IPPE (interprofessional practice education) where you work with a variety of other healthcare providers.

Evidence-Based Practice

Dive deep into evidence-based practice and applied clinical reasoning. You’ll learn research design, epidemiology, biostatistics, how to evaluate and apply medical literature, and more. Become an evidence-based practitioner.

IMPORTANT DATES

Application Deadline: July 1, 2021
Semester Start:  August 30, 2021

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of CSDCAS application
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 prior to matriculation into the program
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all prerequisite and SLP-related courses with no single course graded less than 2.0 (C)
  • Statement of purpose letter
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably at least two from academic instructors

MS MedSLP Student Outcome Data

SLP with pediatric patient using mirrors

Praxis Completion Rates

  • August Class of 2019 – 28/30 93% Praxis Pass Rate
  • August Class of 2020 – 31/34 93% Praxis Pass Rate
  • August Class of 2021 – TBD Praxis Pass Rate

On-Time Program Completion Rate

  • August Class of 2019 – 29/30 96% On-time Program Completion Rate
  • August Class of 2020 – *27/34 On-time Program Completion Rate
    • *6/34 Students extended externship into Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.

    • *1/34 Student extended externship to Winter 2021 due to COVID-19

    • *1/34 still in progress

  • August Class of 2021 – TBD On-time Program Completion Rate

Employment Rate

  • August Class of 2019 – 28/30 93% Employment Rate
  • August Class of 2020 – 33/34 97% Employment Rate
  • August Class of 2021 – TBD Employment Rate

Faculty

Linda Spencer

Linda Spencer

PhD, CCC-SLP

Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology | Program Director, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Wendy Chase

Wendy Chase

MA, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Scott Dailey

Scott Dailey

PhD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Priscilla M. Danielson

PhD, CCC-SLP, ATAC

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Kristen Ipson

Kristen Ipson

MS, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Darrell Matthews

Darrell Matthews

MS, CCC-SLP

Adjunct Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Phillip Sechtem

Phillip Sechtem

PhD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Timothy Stockdale

Timothy Stockdale

MS, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

ElBea Stonier

ElBea Stonier

MS, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Allison Schuette

Allison Schuette

MS, CCC-SLP

Adjunct Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Adrienne Adams

Adrienne Adams

MS, CCC-SLP

Adjunct Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Greg Young

Greg Young

MS, CCC-SLP

Adjunct Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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.

Program Accreditation

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology 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, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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