About the Program

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The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at MUSC prepares students to work as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) upon graduation. While students will be prepared to work across the entire scope of practice, including schools, our program has an emphasis in medical speech-language pathology. The curriculum is designed to focus on clinical training. Students are taught foundational knowledge early on and allowed to hone their clinical skills via interactive classrooms and clinical rotations.

As an academic medical center, MUSC gives students access to top-notch facilities and faculty. Students have will access to a wide range of clinical experiences. At MUSC, SLPs provide care in both hospital and outpatient clinic settings to a diverse patient population including pre-term babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), inpatients after stroke or traumatic brain injury, and patients with head and neck cancer. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside practicing clinicians in a variety of patient cases throughout the program, including during their didactic course work. Learn more about the curriculum.

The Learning Experience

Innovative Classes & Real-World Experience

The curriculum is designed to complement the natural progression of student learning throughout the program. The programming has been specified to focus on disorders most commonly treated in medical speech-language pathology, like dysphagia and aphasia, while providing high-quality content and experiences across the scope of practice. By the end of the first year, students will have had coursework in all major disorders they are responsible for understanding and the remainder of the program focuses on specialized areas, research, and further development of clinical skills.

Our program incorporates best practices in clinician training common in other medical and allied health fields that are not commonly part of speech-language pathology training programs. In each course with clinical content, students are tested on both knowledge, as well as, clinical skills. To help students further develop their clinical skills, there are clinical rotations each semester. Each clinical rotation is paired with a didactic course to help students focus on specific skills and knowledge to ensure a thorough education and maximize their clinical experiences.  

Program Length

Students will complete a total of 82 credit hours over a two-year period. The program is year-round and the first cohort will begin Fall 2021.

Mission Statement 

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program will guide students in developing the knowledge and skills to be successful Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) who are well prepared across the scope of practice, with the knowledge and skills to treat complex medically-based communication and swallowing disorders.

Degree

The Speech-Language Pathology curriculum leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The program curriculum adheres to CAA standards for program accreditation and is in accordance with CFCC standards for professional certification. It is organized around specific competencies: diagnosis, management and treatment of communication, and swallowing disorders; anatomy and physiology; research methods (including quantitative, qualitative, and single-subject methodologies, as well as evidence-based practice); interdisciplinary practice; professional issues and ethics, the legal foundations of health care delivery and practice, and cultural awareness. The program is designed to ensure that graduates possess the knowledge and abilities to perform competently and proficiently.

Program Objectives 

The mission and goals will serve as a guide for all program decisions. All decisions will be made in the best interest of delivering quality education and readying students for their careers as SLPs. Towards the program’s mission and goals, the SLP Program will: 

  • Provide students a quality education, to be evident by high performance on dashboard indices and evaluated frequently via course assessments (didactic and clinical), student surveys, and faculty retreats.
  • Enhance the ability of the graduate to achieve their career goals, demonstrated by certification exam pass rates, employment outcomes, and graduate surveys.
  • Emphasize clinical preparedness including clinical checkoffs, active classroom learning, and paired didactic courses to guide all clinical experiences. 

Student Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, students will demonstrate the knowledge and abilities necessary to:

  1. Provide high-quality services within the scope of practice of speech-language pathology;
  2. Apply sound problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills to patient/client diagnosis, treatment, and management;
  3. Work in a collegial and effective manner with colleagues and team members to manage patient’s/client’s communication, cognitive, hearing, and/or swallowing disorders;
  4. Develop and implement quality control measures and individualized data-based methods to ensure that diagnostic and rehabilitation services are evidence-based when possible;
  5. Adhere to ASHA’s Code of Ethics;
  6. Adhere to legal principles and institutional practices applicable to clinical practice with individuals with disabilities whom we serve in preschool settings, schools, private practices, hospitals, rehabilitation settings, and long-term care facilities.

SLP Program Strategic Plan: Executive Summary

To review a summary of the program's 2019-2022 strategic plan click on the heading above.