Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Louisville is a well-established program that provides challenging academic coursework and clinical experience to Master's degree candidates. Our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the recognized national certifying organization for speech-language pathology. Students, staff, and clients are treated equitably without regard to gender, sexual orientation, age, race, creed, national origin, or disability.  The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.

As a section within the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, our students are uniquely positioned to take advantage of ties with the Louisville medical community.


Program Data

Graduation YearPraxis Pass Rate:Program Completion Rate:Employment Rate:
200919 Students/100%19/20 Students/95%18/19 Students/95%
201023 Students/100%23/23 Students/100%19/19 Students/100%
201118 Students/100%18/18 Students/100%18/18 Students/100%
201220 Students/100%20/21 Students/95%20/21 Students/95%
201321 Students/100%21/21 Students/100%21/21 Students/100%
201421 Students/100%20/21 Students/95%19/20 Students/95%

Mission Statement

The mission of the speech-language pathology program is to provide the highest quality academic education, facilitate student access to a variety of clinical populations and settings, expand the scientific base of speech-language pathology through basic and applied research and maintain student diversity and community partnerships.

The mission statement for the Speech Pathology Section incorporates the general missions of the University and the School of Medicine and focuses them within the discipline of speech-language pathology.  As an educational program accredited in speech-language pathology, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, we strive to provide the academic background and clinical experience which will enable our graduates to meet the diverse communicative needs of the citizens within a multicultural and metropolitan society.  The preparatory phase portion of the program supports students as they earn prerequisites to enter the degree program.  The core phase of the program provides didactic and clinical applications across the discipline.  It is also designed to prepare future speech–language pathologists who are ethical in the provision of services, as well as issues of cultural diversity (e.g., dialectal differences among speakers, deaf culture) and ethnicity.  Our goal is to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art practices in speech-language pathology in collaboration with other disciplines and community resources in the Louisville metropolitan region.  Finally, we see as our mission, contribution to the scientific knowledge base in communication sciences and disorders through basic and applied research on the part of each of our faculty.

Master's Degree Program Options

Our Preparatory phase and Core phase options offer students with and without prior backgrounds in speech-language pathology the possibility of pursuing a Master of Science Degree. The program, which draws undergraduates, recent graduates and returning students from a broad range of professional fields, fosters a rich and diverse learning environment.

Practicum Sites

Learning comes to life when students apply their skills at the practicum sites under the supervision of faculty and other speech-language pathology professionals. Our urban and suburban practicum sites in Louisville and southern Indiana afford students the advantage of working with diverse populations. Students work with both adults and children in hospitals, faculty-based private practices, private specialty clinics, head injury programs, private and public schools, long-term care and rehabilitation settings in order to gain an idea of the environment they like best. Students are encouraged to work with faculty to arrange a practicum at an approved site anywhere in the country for their clinical experience in the final semester.


The practices and research interests of our faculty combine to give students access to a wealth of knowledge and a current understanding of the field. As faculty members participate in private practices in their area of expertise, they bring the most up-to-date and relevant research and techniques to the classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research and may pursue their own research interests if they elect the program's Project option.

Visitation Days

We strongly encourage prospective students to visit the campus on one of our scheduled visitation days. Visitation Days for 2014 are July 18 and October 24. Visitation Days for 2015 are January 16, March 20 and July 10. Students requesting information about the program should plan on attending one of these days.  Individual advising may be available on a limited basis at the end of the visit.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Contact Angela Smith