Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work professionally in the habilitation and rehabilitation of children and adults (from infants to senior citizens) with a wide variety of speech, language, and hearing problems. Loyola offers an undergraduate bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree, as well as a master of science (M.S.) degree in speech-language pathology/audiology.
Undergraduate students are introduced to the profession through foundational coursework — which lays the academic foundation and clinical exposure to prepare students to successfully pursue a graduate degree.
Loyola's graduate program is a two-year (five semesters), full-time program and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). During the first year of study, students begin a clinical internship. In the second year, students are required to do an externship. After completing the master’s degree, passing the ASHA certification examination, and completing a Clinical Fellowship Year, graduates have fulfilled all requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).
Loyola also offers post-baccalaureate coursework for students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than communication disorders who wish to complete some or all of the prerequisite courses necessary for admission into many master’s programs in speech-language pathology.
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