Nov 29, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Studies Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Studies Catalog

Speech-Language Pathology

Hope E. Baylow, D.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Program Director, Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

Department of Health and Human Performance



Program Faculty: Assistant Professor – Hope E. Baylow


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Candidacy Statement: The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at The University of Scranton 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.

Note: The application to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program is anticipated to open July 15, 2022.

Introduction: Based upon the Jesuit tradition of Excellence, the Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Science distance learning degree program (63-73 credit hours) will prepare students to become professional, competent clinicians who provide services for individuals from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds with various types and severities of communication and/or related disorders, differences, and disabilities, across the lifespan.

Mission: The mission of the graduate degree program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to become a professional, competent clinician in Speech-Language Pathology and to contribute to the advancement of the profession through clinical practice, research, leadership, and professional development.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites: Students will be admitted for the Fall semester only. To be eligible for admission to the Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology degree program, applicants are required to have a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Regular Admission: Applicants are admitted under this category when they have satisfied the admissions criteria of both The University of Scranton and the department or program in which they seek to enroll for graduate studies.

Probationary Admission: Applicants who do not meet all of the criteria for Regular Admission, but who show reasonable promise for success in graduate studies, may be accepted on a probationary basis. Applicants admitted in this status must complete nine hours of specified course work within the first twelve hours of graduate study.

Students accepted on probation may take a maximum of six credits per semester (until the conditions of probation are satisfied) and must complete nine hours of specific course work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. Failure to accomplish this will result in dismissal from the program.

A student on Probationary Admission may not hold a graduate assistantship until the conditions of probation have been satisfied.

Provisional Admission or Provisional Acceptance: Applicants who do not have the necessary undergraduate preparation in the discipline in which they seek admission but have demonstrated academic achievement indicative of successful graduate study may be considered for Provisional Admission or Provisional Acceptance.

Provisional Admission: The applicant may gain Provisional Admission with the proviso that he/she complete specific (undergraduate or graduate) course work in conjunction with his/her graduate studies.

Provisional Acceptance: The applicant may gain Provisional Acceptance with the proviso that he/she complete specific undergraduate course work, with a GPA of at least 3.00 in these studies, prior to undertaking graduate course work. Upon successful completion of the undergraduate requirements, the applicant will petition his/her Graduate Program Director in order to gain admission to the graduate program and to begin taking graduate course work in that particular graduate program. If the undergraduate course work is taken and a GPA less than 3.00 is achieved, the status of Provisional Acceptance will be withdrawn.

A student who has gained Provisional Acceptance may not hold a graduate assistantship until the undergraduate course work is successfully satisfied and regular admission to The University of Scranton is granted.

Conditional Admission: The applicant may gain Conditional Admission with the stipulation that the required conditions are satisfied before the student enrolls. Upon proof of satisfying the conditions (e.g., official copy of GMAT score, official copy of TOEFL score, successful completion of an approved English proficiency program), the admission will convert to Regular/Provisional/Probationary admission category and the student will be clear to register for classes. No courses can be taken on the conditional admissions status.


Required prerequisite coursework includes:

  • Statistics (this must be a stand-alone course)
  • Biological sciences (a minimum of one course)
    •  Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology, Human Genetics, or Veterinary Science
  • Physical sciences (a minimum of one course)
    • Chemistry or Physics
  • Social/Behavioral sciences (a minimum of one course)
    • Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Public Health

Required foundational coursework (minimum of 18 credit hours from a university with accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)) includes:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Speech and Language Development and Disorders
  • Audiology
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Linguistics or Psycholinguistics
  • Phonetics


Students must show evidence of a minimum of 25 hours in guided clinical observation in speech-language pathology and audiology prior to initiating graduate level coursework.

Students must also submit:

  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • One-page Statement of Interest in the Program/Profession
  • Resume
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, with at least two of the three letters from previous faculty instructors.
  • Review and acknowledge the Essential Functions in Speech-Language Pathology document.

All materials pertaining to the application will be submitted through CSDCAS. Required elements of the CSDCAS application will include timed video and written responses. Applications must be verified by 11:59 PM ET on February 1st. Applications can only be verified once all payments, transcripts, and letters of evaluation have been received. To ensure your application is verified on time, try to complete your application at least four weeks before the deadline.

Essential Functions in Speech-Language Pathology: The M.S., SLP degree program requires the student to engage in diverse, complex, and specific experiences essential to the acquisition and practice of speech-language pathology. Unique combinations of cognitive, affective, psychomotor, physical, and social abilities are required to satisfactorily perform these functions. In addition to being essential for the completion of the requirements for the M.S. SLP degree, these functions are necessary to ensure the health and safety of patients/clients, fellow candidates, faculty, and other providers.

The essential functions required for successful admissions and continuance by candidates for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at The University of Scranton include but are not limited to the following abilities:

Essential Function Domain 1 - Communication A student must possess adequate communication skills (with or without accommodations) to:

  • Communicate proficiently in both oral and written or other forms of communication in English. • Possess reading and writing skills sufficient to meet curricular and clinical demands.
  • Perceive and demonstrate appropriate non-verbal communication for culture and context.
  • Modify communication style to meet the communication needs of clients, caregivers, and other persons served.
  • Communicate professionally and intelligibly with patients, colleagues, other healthcare professionals, and community or professional groups.
  • Communicate professionally, effectively, and legibly on patient documentation, reports, and scholarly papers required as a part of course work and professional practice.
  • Convey information accurately with relevance and cultural sensitivity.
  • Express ideas clearly and freely, including giving and receiving feedback.
  • Complete reading assignments, writing assignments, search and evaluate the literature, and maintain written records in a timely manner.

Essential Function Domain 2 - Motor A student must possess adequate motor skills (with or without accommodations) to:

  • Sustain the necessary physical activity level in required classroom and clinical activities.
  • Respond quickly to provide a safe environment for clients in emergency situations (e.g., fire, choking, CPR)
  • Access transportation to clinical and academic placements.
  • Participate in classroom and clinical activities for the defined workday.
  • Efficiently manipulate testing and treatment environment and materials without violation of testing protocols and with best therapeutic practice.
  • Manipulate patient equipment (e.g., durable medical equipment to include AAC devices, hearing aids) in a safe manner.
  • Access and use technology for education and clinical management (e.g., distance learning courses, billing, charting, therapy programs).
  • Elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, and other evaluative procedures.
  • Demonstrate adequate gross and fine motor movements, balance, manual dexterity, and kinesthetic awareness to safely perform speech-language pathology procedures.

Essential Function Domain 3 – Intellectual / Cognitive A student must possess adequate intellectual and cognitive skills (with or without accommodations) to:

  • Comprehend, retain, integrate, synthesize, infer, evaluate, and apply written and verbal information sufficient to meet curricular and clinical demands at a level deemed appropriate by the CSD profession.
  • Identify significant findings from history, evaluation, and data to formulate a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
  • Solve problems, reason, and make sound clinical judgments in patient assessment, diagnostic, and therapeutic planning and implementation.
  • Self-evaluate, identify, and communicate limits of one’s own knowledge and skill to appropriate professional level and be able to identify and use resources to increase knowledge.
  • Use detailed written and verbal instruction to make unique and independent decisions.
  • Use sound judgment, prioritize therapeutic interventions, and measure and record outcomes. • Use the computer for searching, recording, storing, and retrieving information.

Essential Function Domain 4 – Sensory / Observational A student must possess adequate sensory skills of vision, hearing, tactile and smell (with or without accommodations) to:

  • Visually and auditorily identify typical and atypical fluency, articulation, voice, resonance, respiration characteristics, oral and written language in the area of semantics, pragmatics, syntax, morphology and phonology, hearing, swallowing, cognition, and social interaction related to communication.
  • Identify the need for augmentative and alternative modalities of communication.
  • Visualize and discriminate anatomic structures and imaging findings (e.g., MBSS, FEES).
  • Discriminate text, numbers, tables, and graphs associated with diagnostic instruments and tests (e.g., acoustic and aerodynamic analysis).
  • Recognize when a client and/or client’s caregiver(s) does or does not understand the clinician’s written and/or verbal communication.

Essential Function Domain 5 – Behavioral / Professional / Social A student must possess adequate behavioral, professional, and social attributes (with or without accommodations) to:

  • Display mature empathetic and effective professional relationships by exhibiting compassion, collaboration, responsibility, integrity, and concern for others.
  • Recognize and show respect for individuals with disabilities and for individuals of different ages, genders, natural origins, ancestry, race, religions, sexual orientation, gender identity, and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Conduct oneself in an ethical and legal manner, upholding the ASHA Code of Ethics and university and federal privacy policies.
  • Maintain general good physical and mental health and self-care in order not to jeopardize the health and safety of self and others in the academic and clinical setting.
  • Adapt to changing and demanding environments (which includes maintaining both professional demeanor and emotional health).
  • Manage the use of time effectively to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic time constraints.
  • Accept appropriate suggestions and constructive criticism and respond by modification of behaviors.
  • Dress appropriately and professionally.
  • Engage in patient care in all clinical settings.
  • Deliver care to all client/patient populations.


If a student requires assistance to demonstrate any of the above stated skills and abilities, it is the responsibility of the student to request accommodation through the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). The University, the Department of Health and Human Performance, and the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology (through CTLE) will provide reasonable accommodation as long as it does not fundamentally alter the nature of the program offered or impose an undue hardship such as those which cause a significant expense, difficulty, and/or are unduly disruptive to the educational process.

Curriculum: The Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology distance education degree will be offered as a 2-year, full-time, graduate program of study. The 63- credit hour program covers 4 semesters (two 7-week cycles per semester, for a total of 8 cycles), and one summer session (8-weeks). The eight cycles of academic work will be provided in a synchronous remote learning environment with recordings available for students outside the Eastern time zone to participate asynchronously. The program will use the University’s LMS platform (i.e., Brightspace by D2L).

Infused throughout the curriculum are five virtual clinical simulation courses. Each virtual simulation course has been specifically designed to support previous and concurrent academic material. In-person clinical education experiences will start in summer session, Year I. The initial clinical externship will take place in the city of Scranton, PA and students will be required to meet the 8-week residency (in-person) requirement at the University of Scranton for this externship experience. During Year II, the students will complete two additional, 14-week residential clinical education externships which will vary in work setting and client population. The locations of the Year II externships are as near as possible to the student’s place of  residence.

Students who are interested in working in a medical setting across the continuum of care (i.e., hospital, skilled-nursing facility, out-patient clinic, etc.) and across the lifespan may elect a Healthcare Specialization for an additional 10 credit hours, covering two intersession sessions (each for 2 credit hours) provided in a remote synchronous learning environment and one additional 10-week residency summer session for 6 credit hours. The summer residency will include two advanced training academic courses (SLP 564 and 566) and an additional residency externship (SLP 568) provided in a healthcare environment to expose the student to complex medical cases while being provided direct supervision by the site’s preceptor.

Program Policies: Graduate students in speech-language pathology are expected to conform to the regulations stated in both The University of Scranton Graduate Studies Catalog and the SLP Graduate Student Handbook.

Students must meet an 84% (B) course grade pass standard and meet all course student learning objectives (SLOs) for each course taken. Students who do not meet the 84% (B) pass standard and/or meet all course SLOs must complete course remediation.

Students are also required to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students who do not meet the minimum standard will be placed on academic probation. Further information on the course remediation policy and meeting the minimum standard can be found in the SLP Graduate Student Handbook.

Clearances: Students will obtain background clearances and proof of completion of a state approved Mandated Reporter Training prior to the initiation of the residency and residential field placements, at a minimum. Specific clearances and requirements will be site specific. The cost of the clearances and Mandated Reporter Training(s) and the timely submission of such documents prior to engaging in each experiential learning activity is the responsibility of the student.

  • Residency Field Placement I at The University of Scranton will require the student to obtain PA State Police Clearance, PA Child Abuse Clearance, and FBI clearance (fingerprinting required).



Total Program Credits: 63 credits

Course Course Title Credits
SLP 500   Research Methods in CSD 3
SLP 503   Pediatric Language Disorders 3
SLP 580A   Virtual Clinical Simulation 1
SLP 506   Language Literacy 3
SLP 509   Speech Sound Production & Disorders 3
SLP 580B   Virtual Clinical Simulation II 1
SLP 560   Medical SLP & IPE (Required for Healthcare Specialization only) 2
SLP 512   Diagnosis & Evaluation in SLP 3
SLP 515   Aural Rehab & Implantable Devices 3
SLP 518   Professional Issues: Ethical Conduct & IPE 1
SLP 521   Fluency & Fluency Disorders 3
SLP 524   Autism Spectrum Disorder 2
SLP 542   Professional Issues: Evidence Based Practice 1
SLP 580C   Virtual Clinical Simulation 1
SLP 581A   Residency Field Placement Placement I 1
SLP 527   Counseling Skills in SLP 2
SLP 530   Augmentative & Alternative Communication 3
SLP 533   Acquired Linguistic-Cognitive Communication Disorders 4
SLP 536   Motor Speech Disorders 3
SLP 581B   Speech-Language-Hearing Assessment & Intervention I 2
SLP 539   Swallowing & Feeding Disorders 4
SLP 580D   Virtual Clinical Simulation IV 1
SLP 562   Tracheostomy & Ventilator-Dependency (Required for Healthcare Specialization only) 2
SLP 545   Voice & Resonance Disorders 4
SLP 548   Cognitive & Psychiatric Habilitation/ Rehabilitation 2
SLP 581C   Speech-Language-Hearing Assessment & Intervention II 2
SLP 580E   Virtual Clinical Simulation V 1
SLP 551   Communication Disorders in Multilingual/Multicultural Individuals 3
SLP 554   Audiological Assessment & Interpretation for the SLP 3
SLP 564   Advanced Diagnostics in Swallowing Disorders (Required for Healthcare Specialization only) 3
SLP 566   Management of Speech & Swallowing- Post Head & Neck Cancer (Required for Healthcare Specialization only) 2
SLP 568   Residency Field Placement II (Required for Healthcare Specialization only) 1