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Speech-Language Pathology

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The master's in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at the Katz School at Yeshiva University is one of the few SLP programs in the country specializing in medical speech pathology. Our SLP MS takes a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating speech, language, and communication cases.

Through our hands-on curriculum, you will engage in clinical fieldwork each semester and practical, hands-on experience under the guidance of faculty, supervisors, and mentors. You will have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty, attend professional conferences, and contribute to academic publications. You will graduate prepared to apply for certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and for licensure in New York State.

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  • Gain hands-on experience in assessment, diagnostics, treatment, and evaluation for pediatric through geriatric patients.
  • Conduct clinical fieldwork in a range of healthcare settings, including early intervention centers, schools, private practices, and hospitals such as Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center.
  • Prepare to participate in professional conferences and academic publications.

  • Geriatric Dysphagia & Airway Management
    This course examines current assessment and management of swallow function and airway protection, including trach care. The ethics of assessment and management, as well as the importance of a multidisciplinary approach for determining safety of swallow and adequacy of airway to permit for communication and safe swallowing function. Interpretation of videofluoroscopy, and FEES are required to complete the course. Hands on opportunities to explore the clinical application of NMES, sEMG, Ultrasound and Neuromuscular tape is provided.
  • Neuromotor Speech Disorders
    This course examines neural anatomy of speech, with in-depth evaluation, analysis and remediation of motor speech disorders including dysarthria and apraxia. Perceptual ratings of speech samples and subjective analysis of speech is emphasized. Practical and functional treatment approaches are examined including the use of LSVT, RMST, and others. Research in motor speech disorders will be examined, including “hot topics” in current research for speech disorders across the lifespan.
  • Counseling and Communicating with Patients and Families
    This course instructs the graduate clinician on the skills necessary to communicate and counsel patients and their families related to communication sciences and disorders. The course includes in-depth discussion on the following pertinent topics: Interaction and personal qualities, including counseling, collaboration, ethical practice, and professional behavior; Effective interaction with patients, families, professionals, and other individuals, as appropriate; Advocacy; Delivery of services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations; Clinical skills and processes including oral/written forms of communication, prevention evaluation and intervention of communication and swallowing disorders, interaction, counseling, collaboration, ethical practice, professional behavior, effective interaction, and delivery of services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  • Endoscopy and Management of Head/Neck Cancer
    This first half of the course introduces graduate students to the anatomical, physiological, and psychological impact of head/neck cancer, as well as the medical and clinical management of the patient population. The second half of the course focused on the endoscopic procedures utilized to assess swallowing function in a variety of clinical populations. Handling of the endoscope will be discussed, practiced and interpretation of findings and report writing will be addressed.

The SLP master's is ideal for ambitious and passionate individuals with a background in communication sciences. Graduates will be prepared to work as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist or to apply to SLP doctoral programs.

The MS in Speech-Language Pathology seeks to develop professionals who are knowledgeable, skilled and ethical in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders, and who are knowledgeable of the state and national requirements for documentation of services rendered. Successful completion of the program prepares you to meet the academic and clinical requirements to apply for certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensure in the State of New York. The following guidelines pertain to national and state licensure:

The Master's (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at Yeshiva University is a Candidate for Accreditation (August 1, 2016-July 30, 2021) 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or merging programs for a maximum period of five years. Award of candidacy allows the program to matriculate students into the program as it continues to document compliance with accreditation standards for the duration of the candidacy accreditation cycle.