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Speech-Language Pathology, M.C.D. (CIP 51.0204)

Website: www.lsuhs.edu/slp

The Speech-Language Pathology program confers the Master of Communication Disorders (MCD) degree. The program provides both academic and clinical education in speech-language pathology, and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA; http://www.asha.org).

The Speech-Language Pathology program occupies the Mollie E. Webb Speech and Hearing Center, which is located at 3735 Blair Street in Shreveport, LA. The Center houses classroom facilities, a computer laboratory, a speech science laboratory, an augmentative and alternative communication laboratory, a reading room, a student study area, and departmental offices. The clinical facilities include six rooms for speech-language assessment and treatment, an audiologic test suite, a hearing aid fitting room, a classroom for young children with communication disorders, a wide range of testing and treatment materials, and clinical office spaces. The faculty consists of five speech-language pathologists and one audiologist. The program has clinical affiliations with numerous hospitals, medical facilities, and educational institutions throughout Louisiana. Students have many educational and clinical opportunities, including some that are available only in medical centers and metropolitan areas.

Accepted students begin study during the summer semester. The length of the program varies depending upon the clinical and course load that is carried by the individual student; however, most students complete all requirements for the master’s degree in six - nine semesters, inclusive of summers. Upon graduation, a student will have completed the appropriate academic and clinical practicum requirements for state licensure in the state of Louisiana (http://www.lbespa.org) and certification by ASHA.

Cooperative 3+2 Program with Centenary College

The Speech-Language Pathology program coordinates a 3+2 program in conjunction with the Psychology Department at Centenary College of Louisiana. This program enables highly motivated individuals to complete an undergraduate degree in psychology (through Centenary) and a graduate degree in speech-language pathology (through LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport) in five years.

Centenary College students in the 3+2 program must formally apply to the Speech-Language Pathology program per below Method of Application. Admission to the Speech-Language Pathology program is guaranteed to Centenary College students in the 3+2 program meeting the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) at Centenary College by the application deadline.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) from within the last five years with a minimum 300 combined quantitative and verbal scores. Scores from the analytical writing portion of the GRE are required.
  • Reference letter from the psychology department chair at Centenary College.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

Admission to the LSU Health Shreveport Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program is on a competitive basis. The following are the minimum admission requirements for application to the program:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class in the SLP Program. 
  2. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) by the application deadline. 
  3. Undergraduate transcripts should document the successful completion of one or more courses in each of the following four areas: #1) biological science, #2) chemistry or physics, #3) statistics, and #4) social/behavioral sciences. Visit Prerequisite Course Content Areas Related to SLP Certification Standards for more information. 
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the last five years sent to GRE DI code 2213 by the application deadline. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. There is no minimum score; however, the GRE score is heavily weighted in the evaluation and ranking of applications.The GRE scores have to be from within the past five years. For applicants who have taken the exam multiple times, the program only counts the most recent scores for all sections (no super-scoring).
  5. Three reference letters completed by instructors or supervisors via the CSDCAS evaluation portal by the application deadline. 
  6. An essay uploaded via the CSDCAS documents section taking a position on the following statement by the application deadline: “There are many roads to success.” Develop and support your essay, consider instances in which the statement may or may not hold true. In so doing, you may choose to pull from your own life experiences or those of others. 
  7. After initial processing of applications, selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.
  8. Accepted students must certify that they meet the technical standards established by the program with or without reasonable accommodations. 

Please note: Accepted students are assigned a provisional admission status until meeting conditions outlined in the acceptance letter and completing pre-matriculation requirements set forth by the Office of the Registrar. As part of the pre-matriculation requirements, accepted students are required to pass a drug screen and criminal background check prior to matriculation. Offers of acceptance are contingent on passing both.

Technical Standards for Speech-Language Pathology

Technical standards are essential abilities and characteristics required for admission, progression, and graduation from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport (LSUHSC-S) School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP). The following standards consist of certain minimum physical and cognitive abilities and sufficient mental and emotional stability to assure that students are able to complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of the academic and clinical curriculum, with or without reasonable accommodations:

Sensory: A student must possess sufficient visual and auditory skills-as well as skills of observation to evaluate, interpret, and treat communication deficits effectively. These skills include the ability to:

  1. Identify deviant articulation.
  2. Recognize abnormal voice characteristics.
  3. Identify characteristics of dysfluency.
  4. Recognize oral and written language disorders in the areas of semantics, pragmatics, syntax, morphology, and phonology.
  5. Read and comprehend text, numbers, tables, and graphs.

Motor and Mobility Skills: A student must possess adequate motor and mobility skills to:

  1. Manipulate testing and treatment materials.
  2. Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work. This work may require prolonged sitting and/or standing.
  3. Use a computer keyboard and mouse to operate laboratory instruments.
  4. Access transportation to all clinical and academic placements.

Communication: A student must possess adequate communication skills to: 

  1. Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals and groups (i.e., faculty members, fellow students, staff, clients, and other health care professionals).
  2. Communicate professionally and effectively in recorded format (writing [e.g., SOAP notes, diagnostic and treatment reports], typing, graphics, and/or telecommunication).
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in English for both oral and written communication.
  4. Produce speech with sufficient intelligibility and fluency to provide an effective speech model for clinical purposes.

Behavioral Skills: A student must possess adequate behavioral skills to: 

  1. Manage the use of time effectively and systematize actions to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  2. Demonstrate the emotional health necessary to apply knowledge effectively and to exercise appropriate judgment.
  3. Be flexible and creative in order to adapt to professional and technical change and function in new and stressful environments (e.g., provide co-treatment in noisy area, conduct testing or treatment in a hospital ward, deal with problematic client temperaments, and provide rapid turn-around for diagnostic results).
  4. Recognize potentially hazardous situations and proceed safely to minimize risk of injury to clients, self, and nearby individuals.
  5. Support and promote the activities of fellow students and of health care professionals in an effort to facilitate a team approach to learning, task completion, problem solving, and client/patient care.
  6. Demonstrate honesty, compassion, ethics, and responsibility, upholding the ASHA Code of Ethics, and the LSUHSC-S School of Allied Health Professions Policy and Procedures Relating to Student Conduct, Dismissals, and Appeals.

LSUHSC-S seeks to comply with the American with Disabilities Act by providing reasonable accommodations, including resources and services, for students with disabilities, chronic medical conditions, a temporary disability, or pregnancy complications resulting in difficulties with accessing learning opportunities.

It is the responsibility of a student with a disability (or a student who develops a disability) and who needs accommodations to contact the SAHP Admissions and Records Office to initiate the procedure for requesting accommodations and provide adequate documentation of the general nature and extent of the disability and the functional limitations to be accommodated. All requests are reviewed by school’s ADA Officer to determine what reasonable accommodations, if any, are appropriate for the student.

For further information, please view the LSUHSC-S Student Policy for Requesting Accommodations.

Method of Application

Procedures for applying for admission to the Speech-Language Pathology program are as follows:

  1. The LSUHSC-S Speech-Language Pathology program accepts applications for admission via the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). The Speech-Language Pathology program website has further instructions. 
  2. Selected applicants will participate in an admissions interview and the action taken by the Admissions Committee will be forwarded in writing to the applicant.
  3. Accepted applicants are expected to complete an acceptance form and submit a non-refundable deposit of $150.00 by the deadline indicated on their acceptance email. The acceptance deposit secures the student’s position in the program and credits their first semester’s tuition.

Transfer of Credit

Up to nine hours of graduate credit earned at another accredited institution may be transferred. There is no automatic transfer of credit towards a graduate degree; transfer credit is subject to the approval of the department head/program director, with input from faculty. Transfer credit will not be approved for any course with a grade of C or lower. Graduate credit is never accepted for courses taken on a pass/fail basis.

Non-Resident Fee Waiver

Students enrolled in the LSUHSC-S Speech-Language Pathology program that are residents of Arkansas and Texas are eligible for in-state tuition rates via the Non-Resident Fee Waiver.

Academic Progression Requirements

The following requirements pertain to the status of academic progress for students enrolled in the Speech-Language Pathology Therapy program.

  1. Satisfy the scholastic requirements listed in the SAHP general section of this catalog/bulletin.
  2. The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 each semester. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation.  Students on academic probation will not be allowed to enroll in clinical practicum. Additionally, a student cannot graduate while on probation, nor can the student graduate with a cumulative grade point average below a 3.0.  According to academic policy, a minimum grade of C (or Pass or Satisfactory for courses designated as Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) is required. Therefore, a student who earns a grade of D, F, Unsatisfactory, or Fail in an academic or clinical practicum course will be dismissed from the program. Also, a student will be dismissed from the program if a student cumulatively earns more than 9.0 hours of ‘C’ or if a student’s GPA falls below a 3.0 for two semesters (consecutive or non-consecutive).  

  3. The student must satisfactorily complete all requirements for graduation in 6-9 semesters. This requirement may be waived only under extreme circumstances. A written request must be made through the Program Director, for approval by the Dean.

  4. A grade of C in clinical practicum (SPATH 6701-6705) will result in clinical probation and may result in academic probation. A student who earns a grade of C in clinical practicum but is in good academic standing, may be allowed to enroll in on-site clinical practicum, for one semester, during which the student will be required to follow specialized remedial procedures. Continuation in the program following an additional C in clinical practicum (consecutive or non-consecutive) must be approved by the Program Director. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the student will not be permitted to enroll in clinical practicum until the cumulative GPA equals or exceeds 3.0.

  5. Students’ academic progress will be reviewed and voted on by the Department’s faculty members each semester. Each semester, the names of those students who have not achieved satisfactory progress will be forwarded to the appropriate personnel (e.g., Registrar, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs). Appeals may be made in accordance with procedures set forth in the section of the LSUHSC Catalog-Bulletin entitled “Student Grade Appeals ”.