Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Be the Voice for Speech-Language Pathology. Earn Your SLPD.

Online or Limited-Residency | 28 Months | Clinical Doctorate

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Our SLPD Program

Meet our program director. Hear from students and faculty as you learn more about our program and our “why.”

SLPD Program Highlights

Enhance Clinical, Research, Leadership & Supervision Skills

Advance your clinical knowledge, skills, and marketability; further your career opportunities in the field, and better serve your patients with communication and swallowing disorders. Learn how to research clinically and how to apply the best research for your patients. Prepare to be a clinical supervisor or to assume a leadership role. Advocate within the profession and the healthcare field.

Designed for Working Speech-Language Pathologists

Most SLPD students are full-time working professionals with busy schedules. We have students who have practiced for 30 years, as well as students who have just finished their master’s in speech-language pathology. Your course load is designed to be completed on top of a full-time job; coursework and instructional materials are available to you 24/7.

Choose Between a Limited-Residency or an Online-only Program

Our SLPD program has 2 models you can choose from. While our online program has no onsite visits, the limited residency model is primarily online, with 3 onsite visits across the program. Each of these 3-6 day visits allows SLPD students to network with other professionals while working together in a hands-on environment. Our students often report that the onsite visits are among the best experiences of the program.

Evidence-Based

Become an evidence-based clinician. Our program is built on the basis of evidence. Learn how to research efficiently, evaluate, interpret, and apply the best practices. Become the best clinician possible so that your patients receive the care they need.

2 Start Dates Each Year

Start when it’s right for you. Start dates for summer (May) include both models, limited-residency and online-only; start dates for fall (August) include the online-only model.

Program Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help you advance your career as a Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology. We prepare you to make a bigger difference in your patients’ lives and in the field.

 

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Clinical Supervision

Prepare to assume the role of an SLP clinical supervisor. Learn advanced clinical teaching skills, theories, and styles. Prepare to supervise graduate students, SLP assistants, clinical fellows, and other professionals.

Capstone

Determine an area of clinical specialization. Become an expert in your chosen area of specialty through research and capstone project creation. 

Evidence-Based Practice

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

IMPORTANT DATES

Summer 2022

Priority Application Deadline: March 7, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Semester Start:  May 2, 2022

Fall 2022

Priority Application Deadline: July 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Semester Start:  August 29, 2022

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • 2 letters of recommendation

The University requires specific vaccinations for those who will be present on campus for University activities such as commencement, limited residencies, or on-site weeks. For a current list of these required vaccinations please see the University statement about vaccinations and exemptions (https://rm.edu/vaccination-statement/).

Faculty

Sandra Shigetomi-Toyama

Sandra Shigetomi-Toyama

ClinScD, CCC-SLP

Program Director, Doctor of Speech Language Pathology

Courtney Moore

Courtney Moore

C.Sc.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Program Director, Doctor of Speech Language Pathology

Sandra Combs

Sandra Combs

PhD, CCC-SLP

Program Capstone Coordinator, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Kelly Robinson

Kelly Robinson

C.Sc.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Capstone Coordinator, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Trever J. Ball

Trever J. Ball

PhD, MPH, MS

Faculty, PhD in Health Science, DMSc in Medical Science, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Alan Gravano

Alan Gravano

PhD

Writing Center Director; Professional Writing Instructor

Darcy Hammar

Darcy Hammar

CIM

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences, and Doctor of Nursing Practice

Amber B. Heape

Amber B. Heape

C.Sc.D., CCC-SLP

Faculty, Doctorate of Speech Language Pathology

Denise Pickett-Bernard

Denise Pickett-Bernard

PhD, RDN, LDN, IFNCP, IFMCP

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Dawn R. Girten

Dawn R. Girten

SLPD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Kimberly Peer

EdD, AT, FNATA

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Patricia Grace-Farfaglia

Patricia Grace-Farfaglia

MS, MBA, PHD, RDN, FAND

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Jeanne Chaclas

Jeanne Chaclas

MBA, C.Sc.D., CCC-SLP

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Shelley Victor

Shelley Victor

EdD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Mary Jean Taylor

Mary Jean Taylor

PT, PhD, PCS

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Brigitta Walker

Brigitta Walker

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Kelly Potteiger

Kelly Potteiger

PhD, ATC

Faculty, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

J. Mace Hamblin

J. Mace Hamblin

DHSc, MPA

Faculty, Doctor of 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 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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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