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Teaching students Speech Language Pathology

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Located at the Dupont Education Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana

 
 


The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) at Trine University is a five-semester program that prepares students to be part of the profession that evaluates and treats individuals with communication and swallowing impairments. Speech-Language Pathologists are highly sought after. In fact, the field is projected to grow 25% nationwide from 2019 to 2029* and 20% in Indiana alone**. 

Trine's MS-SLP program, taught by expert faculty, focuses on clinical training, interprofessional collaboration and evidence-based practice. Students will apply their knowledge in clinical practicum experiences and demonstrate professional and leadership skills through service learning experiences. During the clinical practicum experiences, student clinicians will earn the 375 supervised clinical clock hours required for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the national organization for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the United States. Trine also encourages its MS-SLP students to join the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA).

*US Bureau of Labor Statistics for SLPs
**American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Indiana Flyer

Clinical Practicum:

  • Trine Speech and Language Clinic
    • The onsite Trine Speech and Language Clinic provides free speech-language evaluation and therapy to members of the community.
      • MS-SLP student clinicians are supervised by ASHA certified and Indiana State licensed speech-language pathologists that are also Trine faculty in the MS-SLP Program.
      • Services that are provided include evaluations and intervention (therapy) for speech and language impairments. Hearing screenings are free to the community with an appointment.  Swallowing assessments will be completed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Off Campus Clinical Experiences
    • MS-SLP student clinicians will gain practicum and externship experiences at sites in and around Fort Wayne and Allen County. Should students wish to do their externships outside of the Fort Wayne area, they would work directly with the clinic director for this request. These sites include public schools, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and speech and hearing clinics.  All clinical educators at the off-campus sites will be ASHA certified and State of Indiana licensed.

Commitment to Diversity

Trine University remains committed to cultivating diversity, inclusion and fairness. As a leading private institution of higher education, Trine fosters a culture of understanding, growth and inquiry; values the diverse qualities of its students, faculty and staff; promotes an inclusive environment free of discrimination and intolerance; and welcomes everyone.  Trine will not allow discrimination and will continue to grant admission and provide educational opportunities without regard to race, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion or veteran status. The culture of Trine University dictates that these same standards of acceptance apply to all faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

Additional Information

MS-SLP Admission Requirements:

  • CSDCAS application for the fall 2022 enrollment
  • Application deadline is January 15, 2022
  • An undergraduate degree in CSD or a bachelor's degree with the completion of prerequisites of SLP courses with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA from an institutionally-accredited university or college. Transcripts submitted through CSDCAS.
  • Undergraduate courses to contain: biology, human anatomy and physiology, linguistics, statistics, neuroscience, physics/acoustics, psychology, exposure to research and speech, language, and hearing content courses. (see full list of Prerequisites).
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores are required. Minimum scores are not required.  GRE scores are not to be older than five years. GRE scores submitted through CSDCAS.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted through CSDCAS
  • One writing sample submitted through CSDCAS
  • One personal interview/statement following offer.
  • Offer letters will be sent on or about March 15, 2022

Conditional Admission 

Conditional admissions will not be accepted into the MS-SLP program at Trine University. There are no exceptions to the admission criteria.

Transfer of Credit

The MS-SLP program does not accept transfer credits. The MS-SLP program does not permit testing out of courses or credit by examination.

Eligibility

Criminal record –Students will be asked if they have been found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony. Candidates with a criminal record that has not been expunged or sealed are not eligible for enrollment in the MS-SLP program at Trine University. All students who enroll in the MS-SLP program are required to complete a civilian and federal background check. Forms and further details will be provided to all students who qualify for admission. Although students with an expunged record may be eligible for enrollment in the MS-SLP program at Trine, an expunged or sealed record may impact a student’s eligibility for clinical placement or future employment. Professional licensure eligibility varies by state and may be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the professional licensing board. 

International students – At this time we are not accepting international students for the MS-SLP program.

Additional Admission Information

  • The President of Trine University reserves the right to have executive authority over any admission decisions.
  • If accepted students wish to postpone their start in the program, they must reenter the competitive admission process.
  • If the deadline for refund of the admission deposit has already passed, this deposit will be retained and another one will not be required for the following year if the applicant is again successful in gaining admittance. After two admission cycles, the applicant must submit a new application. 

Trine Course Catalog 2021

Total credit hours: 53

  • SLP 5113 Articulation and Phonological Disorders, 3 credit hours
  • SLP 5122.OL Fluency Disorders, 2 credit hours
  • SLP 5133 Developmental Language Disorders, 3 credit hours
  • SLP 5143 Clinical Methods, 3 credit hours
  • SLP 5213 Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), 3 credit hours
  • SLP 5222.OL Voice and Resonance Disorders, 2 credit hours
  • SLP 5233 Acquired Language Disorders and Cognitive Rehabilitation, 3 credit hours                 
  • SLP 5243 Motor Speech Disorders, 3 credit hours
  • SLP 6322 Dysphagia, 2 credit hours
  • SLP 6313 Research Methods in Communication Disorders, 3 credit hours
  • SLP 6415 MS-SLP Capstone, 5 credit hours   
  • SLP 5153, Practicum I, 3 credit hours
  • SLP 5253, Practicum II, 3 credit hours
  • SLP 6323, Practicum III, 3 credit hours
  • SLP 6426, Practicum IV, 6 credit hours
  • SLP 6516, Externship, 6 credit hours

Fall I – Credit Hours = total: (14)                                                               

SLP 5113 Articulation and Phonological Disorders, 3 credit hours
SLP 5122.OL Fluency Disorders, 8-weeks, 2 credit hours
SLP 5133  Developmental Language Disorders, 3 credit hours
SLP 5143 Clinical Methods, 3 credit hours
SLP 5153 Practicum, 8-weeks, 3 credit hours

Spring I – Credit hours = total: (14)

SLP 5213 Augmentative Alternative Communication, 3 credit hours
SLP 5222.OL Voice and Resonance, 8-weeks, 2 credit hours
SLP 5233 Acquired Language Disorders and Cognitive Rehab, 3 credit hours
SLP 5243 Motor Speech Disorders, 3 credit hours
SLP 5253 Practicum II, 8-weeks, 3 credit hours

Summer I – Credit Hours = total: (8)

SLP 6313 Research Methods in Communication Disorders, 3 credit hours
SLP 6322 Dysphagia, 8-weeks, 2 credit hours
SLP 6323 Practicum III, 12-weeks, 3 credit hours

Fall II – Credit Hours = total: (11)

SLP 6415 MS-SLP Capstone, 5 credit hours
SLP 6426 Practicum IV, 12-weeks, 6 credit hours

Spring II – Credit Hours = total: (6)

SLP 6516 Externship, 15-weeks, 6 credit hours

Description

2022/2023

MS-SLP tuition

$650 - per credit hour

Program Mission: Trine University’s Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology prepares professionals to assess and treat individuals with communication and swallowing impairments through clinical training, interprofessional collaboration, and evidence-based practice.

Program Goals:

  • Prepare speech-language pathologists to evaluate and treat patients with communication and swallowing impairments in a variety of settings.
  • Develop critical thinking skills, lead with the highest standards of ethical principles and value inclusion.
  • Support faculty and student engagement in research.
  • Engage in professional development, community service, and cross-disciplinary training.

Program Vision
Prepare speech-language pathologists to work in an evolving health care and educational systems and serve the needs of an increasingly diverse community.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate from Trine’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to evaluate, diagnose, plan and provide intervention for individuals with communication and swallowing impairments across the lifespan using an evidence-based practice framework.
  2. An understanding of and observance of ASHA’s code of ethics, and the standards of practice endorsed by the profession.
  3. Knowledge and skills of different organizational frameworks and clinical delivery models across educational and healthcare settings.
  4. The skills to contribute to the profession and community by engaging in lifelong learning, service, and community advocacy and education. 

Service learning experiences are activities that demonstrate leadership through volunteering in a speech related field and participating in professional related activities.  For example, you could participate in the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association MS-SLP chapter, complete a communication walk/disability walk, participate in a student or career fair to educate others about SLPs or volunteer with a speech-language pathologist or clinic.

NSSLHA is the only national student organization for future SLPs and audiologists (AUDs) that is recognized by ASHA. https://www.nsslha.org/ The MS-SLP program strongly encourages students to become members of the Trine student chapter. NSSLHA members are eligible for $225 off the initial dues and fees of ASHA membership and certification. https://www.nsslha.org/membership

Students will take the PRAXIS ® national examination during their final semester following practice and study sessions.

A passing score on the Praxis examination is required for ASHA Certification and for graduation from the program. Please note that the MS-SLP program director may withhold approval of the certification application if the student has not sent passing Praxis results to the department prior to their exit interview.

Students must meet each semester with their academic and clinical advisors to ensure that all program requirements are met. During the last term of enrollment, students will meet with their clinical advisor and the program director for a final check on the completion of program requirements. Once final approval has been obtained, the MS-SLP program director will sign the necessary paperwork for certification and licensure.

 


Questions?

Contact us at msslp@trine.edu

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M. S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Trine University 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.