Description of Program
Speech-language pathologists care for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds with communication and swallowing disorders. They assess, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and related disorders. The education of speech-language pathologists involves undergraduate coursework in communication sciences and disorders and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. La Salle University offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders and a unique five-year program leading to both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science. The master’s degree is the recognized credential in the field of speech-language pathology and is required for national certification, state licensure, and Pennsylvania Teacher Certification for Speech and Language Disabilities. Five-year students must begin the communication sciences and disorders major at La Salle in their freshman year and can earn a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders and a Master of Science in speech-language pathology in five years. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in communicative sciences and disorders or speech-language-hearing science can apply for admission to the graduate program. Furthermore, those students with an undergraduate degree in a related field can pursue the master’s degree after completing undergraduate prerequisite courses.