MS MedSLP Program Receives Speciality Accreditation

by | Jun 15, 2022 | home feature, News

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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is pleased to announce that the Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS MedSLP) program has met the standards for accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

The CAA of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has the authority to establish and enforce a set of standards for the accreditation of graduate education programs in audiology and in speech-language pathology, and thereby ensures the quality of education for speech-language professionals.

The accreditation process encompasses a thorough review of the program, including 60 accreditation standards and a total of 169 total requirements for review. The MS MedSLP program was verified by CAA to be in compliance with each requirement.

Dean of the College of Medical & Professional Sciences, Michael Nelson DHSc, DMSc, PA-C, commented on the remarkable report of having every single requirement met without need for further review, explaining that such a result demonstrates the quality of the MS MedSLP program.

At the conclusion of the review process, the accreditation site visit team thanked the MS MedSLP program director faculty, as well as university administration, for the participation in the site visit process and accreditation reporting, noting its integral process in assisting CCA to “to promote excellence in graduate education in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology through a peer-review process of establishing and promulgating accreditation standards that encourage continuous quality improvement.”

MS MedSLP Program Director Linda Spencer, PhD, CCC-SLP, explained, “The preparation for the site visit and the quality of the documentation was a team effort. Our faculty and staff all worked to assure we were prepared.”

Since the start of the MS MedSLP program in 2017, program leaders and University administration have worked diligently to develop, maintain, and improve the program, not only in line with accreditation standards, but to equip entry-level speech-language pathologists with the education, skills, and confidence to be competent and evidence-based professionals. 

For more information about the MS MedSLP program, visit their website at https://rm.edu/medslp/