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Master of Speech-Language Pathology



Status of Accreditation

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The Masters Program (MSLP) in Speech-Language Pathology at St. Ambrose University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

Candidacy Accreditation Status and Applications for the Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC)
The Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) will apply the following policies in considering applications for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from students who were enrolled in a graduate education program while it held candidacy status for CAA accreditation:

The CFCC will consider all graduate course work and graduate practicum hours completed by students in a program while it held CAA candidacy status as having been initiated and completed in a CAA-accredited program, even if the program ultimately does not become accredited. An academic program's candidacy status is not retroactive; students who initiate graduate course work in their professional area before candidacy status is awarded to the program where such work is done may not apply those graduate professional credits toward meeting the certification standards. Graduate professional course work and practicum may be counted beginning with the academic term (semester or quarter) that candidacy is awarded. If the CAA withdraws candidacy from a program, students enrolled in the program are protected under this agreement and are still eligible to apply for the CCC. Students enrolled during the candidacy period who ultimately apply for the CCC will be considered "non-pass-through" applicants. The CFCC will conduct an evaluation of all applications received from individuals in this category.

Non-Pass-Through Applicants
The following categories of applicants must submit a completed application for certification that includes the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) Summary Form for evaluation by the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC):

  1. Those who apply more than three years after the completion of the graduate degree from a CAA-accredited program.
  2. Those that were graduate students and were continuously enrolled in a CAA- program that had its accreditation withdrawn during the applicant's enrollment.
  3. Those who satisfactorily completed graduate course work, clinical practicum, and knowledge and skills requirements in the area for which certification is sought in a program that held candidacy status for accreditation.
  4. Those who satisfactorily completed graduate course work, clinical practicum, and knowledge and skills requirements in speech-language pathology in a CAA- program, but: a) received a graduate degree from a program not accredited by CAA; b) received a graduate degree in a related area, or c) received a graduate degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education.

The graduate program director must verify satisfactory completion of both undergraduate and graduate academic course work, clinical practicum, and knowledge and skills requirements. Applicants requiring evaluation must submit both graduate and undergraduate transcripts for all courses being submitted for certification purposes.

The program was awarded Candidacy Accreditation Status on August 1st, 2009 and enrolled the first cohort of students Fall 2009.