Speech-Language Pathology | MS

The School of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers a master of science degree in speech-language pathology, a post-baccalaureate program in communication sciences and disorders, and a minor in communications sciences and disorders. The program will emphasize the integration of evidence based academic and clinical knowledge and skills. The curriculum provides in-depth study of speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive-communication disorders across the lifespan.

Students have an opportunity to work closely with faculty, clinical supervisors, professional speech-language pathologists, and allied health professionals. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in a variety of clinical settings including public schools, clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, special schools and private practices. Others may choose to pursue their PhD.

All graduates of the master’s program will meet the academic and clinical requirements, and be eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association, and the Oregon License in Speech-Language Pathology from the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Contact

Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 | csd@pacificu.edu

Director & Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Assistant Professor Clinical Education
Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education

For those students who have completed a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, the graduate program is 65 semester credit hours and takes approximately two years. Course work in communication sciences and disorders and research design is combined with a minimum of 400 clock hours of clinical practicum experience. Students with research interests are encouraged to elect a thesis option.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than communication sciences and disorders must complete a post-baccalaureate sequence that includes 27 semester hours of prerequisite course work before enrolling in the graduate program.

Note: The curriculum is currently under revision. Courses and course sequences may be different from that listed below.

The following is a typical graduate course sequence for someone enrolled in the program.

Year 1

Fall Semester Credit Hours
CSD-500 Language Disorders in Children   3
CSD-503 Speech Sound Disorders 3
CSD-505 Seminar on Diversity 1
CSD-506 Fluency Disorders 3
CSD-521 Clinical Methods and Observation 4
CSD-511 Communication and Aging 2
CSD-520 Special Topics: Counseling 1
CHP-510 Interprofessional Competence: Theory & Practice .5
  Total 17.5
Spring Semester Credit Hours
CSD-504 School-Age Lang & Lit Disorders 3
CSD-515 Aphasia 3
CSD-512 Dysphagia 3
CSD-522 Practicum Seminar I 1
CSD-530 Clinical Practicum 3
CSD-517 Advanced Issues in Speech Sound Disorders 2
CHP-511 Interprofessional Competence: Theory & Practice .5
  Total 15.5
Summer Term Credit Hours
CSD-514 Research & Evidence Based Practice 3
CSD-520 Topics in CSD (multiple topics)* 3
CSD-520 Special Topics: Motor Speech 1
CSD-523 Practicum Seminar II 1
CSD-530 Clinical Practicum 3
  Total 11

*Several “Topics in CSD” classes will be offered each summer semester.

Year 2

Fall Semester Credit Hours
CSD-507 Voice Disorders 2
CSD-510 Acquired Brain Injury 3
CSD-518 AAC and Severe Disabilities 3
CSD-516 Progressive Neurological Communication Disorders 3
CSD-524 Practicum Seminar III 1
CSD-530 Clinical Practicum 3
CSD-599 Thesis ** 3
  Total 15

** Students electing to complete a thesis will enroll in thesis for three credits during the fall semester.

Spring Semester Credit Hours
CSD-525 Practicum Seminar IV 1
CSD-534 Clinical Externship 8
  Total 9

Total Program Credits: 68

In addition to the above courses, applicants for the Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology must show transcript evidence of at least one course in the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.

Oct. 10, 2014 | The Opioid Puzzle: Best Practices in Healthcare
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014 - 08:30 to 15:00

With the current medical and legislative controversies around use of opioids in chronic pain patients, many providers puzzle to balance appropriately treating pain and increasing quality of life, versus overmedicating or inappropriately medicating patients with disastrous consequences. The Opioid Puzzle: Best Practices in Healthcare workshop clarifies misconceptions around the mechanisms and signs of tolerance, addiction, and dependence, reviews current laws and regulations regarding controlled substance prescribing including the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and deliberates on how to make the decision to treat with an opioid. After attending this seminar, participants should be able to better understand the mechanism by which opioid addiction occurs, the objective data of opioid use and law in the Pacific Northwest, how to protect their practice while improving patient care, and should be able to inform their clinical decision making by an increased understanding of risk factors and protocols for opioid treatment.
COURSE PRESENTERS |
Amber Buhler, PhD Associate Professor
Michael Millard, RPh, MS Assistant Dean for Clinical Services, Assistant Professor
Andrew Mendenhall, MD Medical Director of Hazelden Beaverton