Prepare to provide a crucial service to those with communication needs in the Master of Speech-Language Pathology program at St. Ambrose University. This two-year program prepares you to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in persons of all ages and across a variety of settings (homes, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice, short and long term nursing care facilities, home health agencies, centers for persons with developmental disabilities).
Students in this Speech Language Pathology master's program enter with a wide range of Bachelor's degrees, including fields like psychology, elementary education, early childhood education, kinesiology, linguistics, modern languages, communication sciences and disorders, health sciences and human services. All students are required to have completed one each of the general education courses listed below with a grade of 'B' or better.
Students also are required to have completed these pre-professional courses:
• Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
• Speech and Hearing Science
• Language Development
• Articulation and Phonological Disorders
• Aural Rehabilitation
Students will complete a variety of clinical experiences plus an additional 20 to 24 weeks of full-time internships, generally in both child and adult settings. This allows you to refine your clinical skills in a variety of settings, from early childhood centers and schools to rehabilitation hospitals and adult day care centers. We have a long list of clinic and internship affiliations that are located near our campus in the Quad Cities, and our Clinical Coordinator in Speech-Language Pathology can help coordinate your internships to take place in the settings that work best for your career goals.
St. Ambrose University's Master in Speech Language Pathology program is the only graduate speech-language pathology program in Iowa that's offered through a private university. How else are we different?
• Students gain experience working with a diverse group of clientele in real world settings.
• Students have the opportunity to provide prevention, assessment, and intervention speech language pathology services in Cuenca, Ecuador.
• Students complete an individual graduate research project and have the opportunity to submit the research for presentation at local, regional, and national conferences.
• The 12-week medical setting and the 12-week school setting internships are made for you and can be outside of the Quad Cities.
• The program is located in a newly-renovated facility that includes clinic rooms, a 30-person lab, and offers wireless access throughout.
It’s St. Ambrose’s relationship with the community that distinguishes us from other SLP programs. This faculty supervised, real world practice helps students learn by doing.
The Master of Speech-Language Pathology program schedule is designed to enable students to complete the degree quickly without shortchanging experience.