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. Communicative Disorders is a Division within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders in the School of Medicine. There are two sections: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Speech-Language Pathology program offers the Master of Science degree and the Audiology program offers the Doctor of Audiology degree.  All students are uniquely positioned to take advantage of ties with the Louisville medical community. Students, faculty, 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.

The Master of Science degree is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, (800-498-2071) or (301-296-5700).


Program Spotlight

Drs. Smith and Mattingly will be presenting their research on child maltreatment and speech-language pathology reporting practices at the 93rd Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) in Chicago this coming November. Dr. Blandford will also be at the conference presenting her research on Huntington's Disease.

Mission Statement

The mission of the section of Speech-Language Pathology is to provide high 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 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, we strive to provide the academic background and clinical experiences that 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.

Accreditation

The Speech-Language Pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology: 5/1/2015-4/30/2023.

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, (800-498-2071) or (301-296-5700).

Students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than speech-language pathology, will complete the Preparatory Phase courses listed below before entering the Core Phase.

Students with bachelors’ degrees in speech-language pathology will begin taking Core Phase courses immediately.

ASHA (CFCC--Council for Clinical Certification) Requirements

In addition to the graduate coursework, ASHA (CFCC) requires that students have completed one undergraduate course in each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences (physics or chemistry), math-based statistics, and behavioral/social sciences.  The section of speech-language pathology at the University of Louisville requires an earned grade of C- or higher in each of the aforementioned areas.  Please see Requirements for ASHA Certification for more information.

Please Note:
Only current University of Louisville undergraduate students may enroll in Preparatory Phase courses without applying to the program. These courses may be taken as electives. Completion of the courses does not guarantee admission into the Core Phase of the program. Student must formally submit an application to the Graduate School and qualify for admission. Post baccalaureate students must be formally accepted to the Preparatory phase.

Core Phase Course Sequence - Years One and Two

Preparatory Phase Course Sequence - Year One

All faculty in the Speech-Language Pathology Section hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and are licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Faculty members come from diverse backgrounds and bring students a well-rounded body of knowledge, research interests and first-hand experience. The practices and 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 areas of expertise, they bring the most up-to-date and relevant evidence-based techniques to the classroom.


 


Faculty Research Interests Include:

  • Voice Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Neuropathologies
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Head and Neck Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Augmentative-Alternative Communication
  • Normal Language Development
  • Very Early Language Development
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Language and Learning Disorders
  • Reading Instruction and Remediation
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Service Delivery in the Schools

 


Speech-Language Pathology Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Manual

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