The Speech-Language Pathology program provides the academic and clinical education leading to the Master of Communication Disorders degree and welcomes students with and without an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Upon graduation, students will have completed the appropriate academic and clinical practicum requirements for Louisiana state licensure and certification by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
The program is housed within the Mollie E. Webb Speech & Hearing Center in which graduate students evaluate and treat speech and language problems under close faculty supervision, facilitate aphasia group therapy sessions, and provide programming for young children with communication disorders in two classroom programs. As part of a major academic medical center, the program features modern educational and clinical facilities including a cadaver and simulation laboratory and has several pieces of equipment for academic and clinical purposes: AAC devices, Computerized Speech Lab, nasometer, and VitalStim. Students are able to gain professional experience in the NICU follow-up clinic, Children’s Center (autism evaluations), and as part of the cleft palate team. The program has clinical affiliations with numerous medical and educational institutions throughout Louisiana as well as the Scottish Rite Foundation.
Career and Practice SettingsSpeech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools, universities, industry, government agencies, and private practice. A master’s degree is required for clinical certification in speech-language pathology.
Role of a Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat communication disorders, such as delayed language, articulation, stuttering, aphasia, and voice disorders. They also work with individuals who have communication disorders associated with hearing loss, cognitive-communicative deficits, and swallowing disorders.
Job Outlook for Speech-Language Pathologists
|2019 Median Pay*||$79,120 per year
$38.04 per hour
|Number of Jobs, 2019*||162,600|
|Job Outlook, 2019-29*||25% (Much faster than average)|
Persons interested in a career in Speech-Language Pathology may find the following web sites of interest:
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The Louisiana Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
The Speech-Language Pathology program assures equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or veteran's status.