Online Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University

The information below has been collected from Nova Southeastern University’s website. Please be advised that program information and requirements may change, so check with the university for the most up-to-date information.

Nova Southeastern University Online SLP Program Overview 

Speech-language pathologists help children and adults who have any of a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. Nova Southeastern University’s online master’s degree in speech-language pathology (MS-SLP) is a comprehensive professional program where students learn how to diagnose and treat clients who suffer from swallowing and language disorders. 

With a wide curriculum, supervised clinical training, and either face-to-face or virtual classes, students can plan to graduate in 12 semesters, though it can be accomplished in as few as eight. A combination of requirements, electives and externships means that Nova Southeastern graduates will be prepared for real-world practice, teaching or research.

In addition to being educators, many of Nova Southeastern University faculty members are professional speech-language practitioners. The core program of study includes courses on diagnosis; language, speech, communication, voice, fluency, motor speech, feeding and learning disorders; clinical processes; augmentative/alternative communication, dysphagia (swallowing disorders); research methods, professional issues, and multicultural and counseling issues. Electives (6 credits) include courses on autism disorders and assessment, cognitive communication disorders, craniofacial anomalies, medical aspects, directed research and special topics. Labs, practicums and externships (5 credits) fill out the total needed to graduate (53). 

In-person students can take advantage of Nova Southeastern’s speech-language pathology clinic where they can get supervised experience. Online students get help securing clinical sites as close to their homes as possible. The clinic provides evaluation and treatment for both children and adults in the community; teaching staff members include experts in language disorders related to autism; head injuries; hearing loss; learning, intellectual or developmental disabilities; ALS; cleft palate; stroke; Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease; cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes and more. Learning through the process of working with a variety of clients is the keystone of the clinic. 

For students who intend to continue on for their doctoral degree, Nova Southeastern also offers a Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology degree (SLP.D.).

Nova Southeastern University Speech Pathology Admissions Requirements 

To apply for the Nova Southeastern University speech-language pathology program, prospective students must have completed: 

  • A bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Six courses in Communication Science and Disorders courses with grades of B- or better, for a total of 18 credit hours.
  • Four American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Knowledge Outcome courses with grades of C- or better.
  • 25 hours of guided clinical observation of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist, with documentation that can be either a letter verifying completion or a log of all completed observations, signed by the speech-language pathologists who were observed. 

In addition to the above, prospective students must submit the following:

  • The completed Nova Southeastern University online application.
  • The official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s or graduate degree.
  • Official transcripts from any other post-secondary colleges or universities you attended;
  • Proof of at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average in all college-level courses.
  • Two written essays.
  • Written letters of recommendation from three individuals who can speak to the applicant’s ability to complete and succeed in a master’s program. 
  • For non-native English speakers, proficiency with the language may be required. This can be evidenced by a degree at a regionally accredited United States college or university, or one of three standardized tests: The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a score of 213 on the computer-based test or 79-80 on the online test; the International English Testing System (IELTS), with a score of 6.0; the Pearson Test of English–Academic, with a score of 54, or the American College Test (ACT), with a minimum score of 20 on the verbal section.
  • The nonrefundable application fee.

Nova Southeastern University Accreditation

Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program (MS-SLP) is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Graduation from such a program means students may apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 

Information last updated July 2020

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