Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

The Master’s of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Hardin-Simmons University is an Applicant for Candidacy 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296- 5700.

The new Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Hardin Simmons University provides individuals who are self-motivated, dedicated and self-driven with an outstanding education by highly qualified and engaged faculty who are dedicated to your success. Excellence and integrity are developed and demonstrated in our program through lifelong learning, service and faith.

This full-time two-year (five semester) 55 credit hour (39 hours of course work and 16 hours of clinical practicum) non-thesis program is designed to offer students a distinctive academic and clinical experience in the field of speech-language pathology.  In addition, students are required to be enrolled in clinical practicum each semester to achieve a total of 400 clinical clock hours. Students within the College of Health Professions (COHP) participate in interprofessional activities throughout the year. These experiences will provide graduates with the skills and competencies leading to a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Speech-language pathologists work with individuals throughout the lifespan and in a variety of educational and health care settings.  Please visit the ASHA website for more information about careers in Speech-Language Pathology.

National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association is an organization for students who are enrolled in Communication Sciences and Disorders programs.  For more information regarding NSSLHA, visit their website: https://www.nsslha.org/

Contact Us

Dr. Dee Ann Shelton

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders 325-670-1020

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

More Information about the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Mission Statement

The mission of the Hardin-Simmons University Speech-Language Pathology program is to equip highly competent speech-language pathologists who are enlightened by Christian faith and values and demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to work in the diverse communities of the world.

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How to Apply

Applicants should complete an application and submit all requested paperwork to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS).

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Program Details

Year 1
Fall
CSD 6308 Research Methods in Communication Disorders
CSD 6310 Pediatric Language Disorders Assessment and Intervention
CSD 6315 Aphasia and Related Disorders
CSD 6301 Clinical Practicum 1
January Short Course
CSD 6320 Counseling and Interviewing in Communication Disorders
Spring
CSD 6325 Phonological Disorders
CSD 6332 Dysphagia and Related Disorders (Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing)
CSD 6338 Voice and Fluency
CSD 6302 Clinic Practicum 2
May Short Course
CSD 6341 Multi-Cultural Aspects of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Summer
CSD 6303/6304 Clinical Practicum 3 & 4
Year 2
Fall
CSD 6354 Motor Speech Disorders
CSD 6358 Special Populations and Augmentative and Alternative Technology
CSD 6362 Language and Literacy
CSD 6305 Clinical Practicum 5
Spring
CSD 6368 Graduate Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology
CSD 6384 Special Topics/Seminar
CSD 6306 Clinical Practicum 6

Suggested Admission Requirements:

The suggested minimal admission requirements for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university in Communication Sciences and Disorders or leveling classes before beginning graduate program
  • Academic transcripts indicating an earned bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Competitive GPA 3.2 or higher (Cumulative)
  • Competitive GRE scores (a combined score of 290 or higher on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures and at least a 3 on the writing section) Use GRE code: 5021
  • 3 letters of recommendations of which two must be from a previous academic faculty (or one from a previous academic faculty and one from an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist)
  • Personal statement (Prompt is on CSDCAS)
  • TOFEL/IELTS scores (for international students)
    • A student whose native language is not English must provide an official TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, a 213 on the computer-based exam or a 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. HSU school codes: TOEFL- 6268

Required prerequisite basic and physical science course requirements (minimum 3 credits each) for all applicants include:

  • Biological Sciences (one 4-hour credit course – lecture and lab)
  • Physics or Chemistry (one 4-hour credit course – lecture and lab)
  • Statistics (one 3-hour credit course)
  • Social/Behavior Sciences (one 3-hour credit course)

For a list of accepted courses, please view the ASHA prerequisite courses.

All Applicants will need to submit their applications via Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS).

Additional Program Requirements

Immunizations

  • Tuberculosis test required

Current CPR card

  • At the beginning of every Fall semester, a required CPR class will be provided for all first-year students.
  • Each first-year student will be required to complete this class.
  • Each student is responsible for the cost of this class.

Certified Background Check

  • Required to perform the duties of a SLP professional/student in the university clinic and other outside sites
  • Additionally, some clinical placements may require additional background checks and drug testing.
  • If the facility does not pay for these background checks or drug testing, it is the responsibility of the student clinician.
  • Students are required to purchase liability insurance.

Leveling

Non CSD Majors
Students whose undergraduate degree is in a different field will need to complete the following Communication Sciences and Disorders courses: Introduction to Communication Disorders; Normal Speech and Language Development; Audiology; Articulation and Phonological Processes; Phonetics; Language Disorders; Anatomy, Physiology, and Neuro; Clinical Methods; Clinical Observation; and Clinical Practicum.  Each student must complete 25 hours of observation prior to beginning the graduate program.  Students will need to have completed the following science courses. These sciences courses are required of all applicants to the graduate program.

Prerequisite basic and physical science course requirements (minimum 3 credits each) for all applicants include:

  • Biological Sciences (one 4-hour credit course – lecture and lab)
  • Physics or Chemistry (one 4-hour credit course – lecture and lab)
  • Statistics (one 3-hour credit course)
  • Social/Behavior Sciences (one 3-hour credit course)

For a list of accepted courses, please view the ASHA prerequisite courses.

All admission requirements are the same for all students regardless of their undergraduate degree. 

Student Outcome Data

On-Time Program Completion Rate
Period % Completed within Expected Time Frame % Completed within Expected Time Frame
2023-2024
2022-2023
2021-2022

 

Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Test-takers
Period # Taking the Exam # Passed Exam % Passed Exam Rate
2023-2024
2022-2023
2021-2022

 

Employment Rates of Graduates
Period # of Graduates from prior years % of Graduates from prior year
2023-2024
2022-2023
2021-2022

Can I begin the graduate program any semester (e.g. fall, spring, summer)?

No. The MS program in SLP admits applicants as a cohort group which begins the program each Fall semester.

What courses will I take at HSU in order to complete my Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology?

You may view the curriculum on the website under the Curriculum tab.

Are part-time students accepted?

No. The M.S. program at Hardin-Simmons is a full-time program only.  The SLP program is a 2-year (5 semester) commitment.

What is the cost of tuition? 

The cost of each semester hour is $975 for 2020-21 (Fall, Spring and Summer) and $1,088 per semester for university fees.  Please note that tuition is subject to change each year.

Additionally, there is a clinical fee of $200 each semester if the student is enrolled in clinical practicum.

If my bachelor’s degree is in Communication Sciences and Disorders, do I need any other prerequisites?

There are four prerequisite courses that are required of everyone by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for certification and are considered to be essential background for entering the graduate program.  These prerequisite courses are not a requirement in order to apply.  However, students will need to complete these courses prior to enrolling in the Master in Speech-Language Pathology program at HSU.

  • Biological Sciences (one 4-hour credit course – lecture and lab)
  • Physics or Chemistry (one 4-hour credit course – lecture and lab)
  • Statistics (one 3-hour credit course)
  • Social/Behavior Sciences (one 3-hour credit course)

For a list of accepted courses, please view the ASHA prerequisite courses.

Dr. Dee Ann Shelton
Director of Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jon Ashby
Visiting Professor

Ms. Becky Saterbak
Undergraduate Department Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Assistant Professor

Vision
It is the vision of the College of Health Professions that the Hardin-Simmons University Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology will attract students who are committed to striving for excellence in the profession of speech-language pathology and Christian service throughout the world.

Strategic Plan
To achieve our vision, our strategic plan focuses on 6 key areas:

  1. To attract students who are committed to striving for excellence in the profession of speech-language pathology and Christian service throughout the world.
  2. Faculty, staff and the University will work together to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding the graduate program to current and prospective students.
  3. Cultivating a balanced and experienced faculty to accomplish the goals and mission of the program and university and meet ASHA standards.
  4. Encouraging and promoting faculty research, presentations, and other opportunities for professional growth to create a balanced and experienced faculty.
  5. Provide curriculum which vigorously meets the standards for accreditation, cultivates competency and reflects the diversity of the world in which we live.
  6. Provide a robust Clinical Practicum experience.

Hardin-Simmons University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information in its programs and activities. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, its amendments in 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, no qualified person will be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of any program or activity operated by the University because of a disability.

HSU recognizes a student with a disability as anyone who has:

  • a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity,
  • a record or history of such an impairment, or
  • is regarded as having such an impairment.

Contact Disability Services Office

disabilityservices@hsutx.edu
325-670-5842
https://www.hsutx.edu/academics/academic-resources/disability-services/

Students may file a complaint with the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) by writing to:

The Council on Academic Accreditation in
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850

For more information regarding the CAA’s complaint procedures as well as a link to the complaint form, students may visit their website:  CAA