MASTER OF SCIENCE
The master's program in speech-language pathology at California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd. #310, Rockville, Md. 20850. 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
This program provides specialized training in all areas of communication disorders. Graduates are qualified to provide clinical services to individuals of all ages in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, government agencies, private practice, etc. The University has excellent facilities, including a large clinic and a Language and Learning Enrichment Center located within the department, along with a technologically advanced Communication Science Laboratory. Applicants without a degree in communication disorders will need to complete a small number of core undergraduate courses prior to beginning graduate courses. A summer only cohort program is available for individuals who are employed in the field of communication disorders during the school year. This academic program can be completed in five summers. Contact the department (724-938-4175) for further details on this program.
- Minimum overall undergraduate 3.00 GPA
- Graduate School Application plus $25 nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE scores
- 3-5 page personal essay
- Documented proof of 25 hours of observation in this profession
(not necessary at time of application can be
completed at a later date)
Criteria for Continuing in the Program:
Students move through the program as a cohort. Each cohort completes an identical core of required courses that are critical to successful functioning as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). In addition to those courses, each cohort completes a unique combination of additional courses, guaranteeing that there are SLPs throughout the nation to provide the many areas of specialized service needed by very diverse patient populations. Students must maintain a minimum 3.00 grade point average while in the program. Students who fail to maintain a 3.00 GPA will not be permitted to complete the candidacy interview or register for an externship placement. Failure to reacquire a 3.00 during the single probationary semester may result in dismissal from the program.
CMD 701: Language Disorders in Adults
CMD 702: Language Disorders in Children
CMD 708: Neurology
CMD 711, CMD 713 or CMD 714: Clinical Practicum in Various Settings
CMD 712: Clinical Practicum in University Clinic
Students participate in extensive hands-on clinical experiences both at the in-house clinic and the Language and Learning Enrichment Center and at more than 60 off-campus facilities with which the department has contractual relationships.
Dr. Ralph Belsterling
School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
Ralph Belsterling, Program Coordinator; Au.D.,
University of Florida; specializes in audiometric
assessment, aural rehabilitation, amplification and hearing conservation
Barbara Bonfanti, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; specializes in adult and child neurogenic communication disorders, fluency, dysphagia and research
Nancy Carlino, M.A., Duquesne University; specializes in neurogenics and articulation, phonology and traumatic brain injury
Nancy Heard Hepting,Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; specializes in early intervention–birth to 3 years and 3 years to 5 years, behavior management and natural environment-based treatments
Denise Joseph,Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; specializes in pediatric language disorders, pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, and communication disorders in special populations
Robert Skwarecki, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; specializes in vocal pathologies, speech science, assistive technology, anatomy and physiology, and neurogenesis