Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Joins Renamed College of Health & Human Services

Emily Barrett, assistant director of communications
Speech=language pathologists works with a young child

A new speech-language pathology master’s program is the latest health and human service to join the university’s program roster. Slated for a summer 2021 start, students in the program can complete the full-time program in as little as six semesters. 

“We are excited to welcome and prepare students to care for individuals across all ages to prevent, diagnose, and treat speech and language disorders,” said Kathleen Youse, program director. 

Led by expert faculty, the program immerses students in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment ahead of entering the profession, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates will grow 27 percent between 2018 and 2028, an average rate much faster than other occupations. 

“This program will position students to emerge as clinically competent, ethical, and community-focused leaders in the profession with the skills and knowledge to transform patients’ lives,” Youse added.

The program is offered through the Institute for Speech-Language Pathology, which is housed within the College of Health & Human Services, formerly known as the School of Human Service Professions.

“This is an exciting time for the College of Health & Human Services,” said Robin Dole, dean of the college. “The name change and new program reflect the university’s efforts to diversify and expand degree tracks aligned with the health care and human service industries.”

“Speech-language pathology joins a number of proven, nationally-recognized programs that work collaboratively to advance students towards meaningful careers in the health and human service disciplines,” Dole added.

The program’s inter-professional learning model will foster collaboration with other programs in the college and across campus, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, human sexuality, nursing and clinical psychology.

Students will have access to the university’s student-run pro bono Chester Community Clinic to gain inter-disciplinary clinical and meaningful patient experience while offering health services to uninsured and underinsured members of the community. 

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