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Academic Programs

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers three interwoven academic programs.

A five-year, guaranteed-seat program that awards a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  This program consists of 6-semesters of pre-professional (undergraduate) study followed by 6-semesters of professional phase (graduate) study.

A two-year graduate program that awards a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

A post-baccalaureate program that begins with an individualized course of pre-professional study (non-degree seeking) followed by a two-year graduate program which awards a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Pre-Professional Phase

The Pre-Professional Phase (six semesters) includes University undergraduate core requirements plus coursework selected to provide a liberal arts education, a basis in the sciences, and critical thinking skills to prepare students for the Professional Phase.

Professional Phase

The two-year Professional Phase (six semesters) graduate program includes specialized knowledge and skills required to become professionally certified as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

In the program, students earn a Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences degree after completing the first two semesters of the Professional Phase curriculum and receive a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology four semesters later.

Students completing the Pre-Professional and Professional Phases of the program at Duquesne are eligible to apply for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, licensure to practice from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and for Pennsylvania teacher certification.

Thesis Option

Students also have the option of completing a thesis as part of the Professional Phase.  More information about this option is linked below.

 

Our Educational Model

The Clinical Education Program

Coursework

Thesis