Dr. Helen Sharp has received the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award. Sharp, who is a professor and director of the Pacific University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is a past president of the organization and a member since 1988. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individual service to the ACPA.
Speech-Language Pathology (MS)
The School of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers a two-year, full-time master of science degree in speech-language pathology (SLP) on our beautiful Forest Grove campus.
Our graduate program emphasizes the integration of evidence based academic and clinical knowledge and skills throughout the curriculum. Our innovative and comprehensive curriculum is integrated with a wide variety of community-based clinical experiences that prepare students for entry-level practice. Our philosophy is that students learn in a supportive environment. Our vision is to change practice by developing exceptional critical thinkers who become leaders in their diverse communities. As a program, we value: community, equity, compassion, critical inquiry, advocacy, and lived experiences.
Our speech-language pathology curriculum provides in-depth study of the wide range of SLP clinical practice in speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive-communication disorders across the lifespan. Our faculty integrates the best current evidence with client-centered care using innovative and practical approaches to teaching. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, professional speech-language pathology clinical supervisors, and gain interdisciplinary experience working with allied health professionals in a variety of community-based settings throughout the graduate program. Our graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of clinical settings with clients across the lifespan, such as in early childhood programs, public and specialty schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, residential care facilities, and private clinical practices.
Completion of the MS SLP program meets one of three portions of the application for certification through the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Full certification as a speech-language pathologist requires successful completion of (1) academic program completion, (2) a mentored clinical fellowship, and (3) passing a board exam (PRAXIS). Completion of the MS SLP program meets the academic program component and graduates are prepared for entry-level practice as a mentored clinical fellow. Students who wish to apply for certification take the PRAXIS outside of the program requirements. Full licensure, in most states, has comparable requirements. On completion of program requirements, graduates with a clinical fellow position are eligible to apply for provisional (or temporary) licensure in all 50 states.
Pacific alumni Clark '65, MSEd '70 and Rae Peters '65 fund scholarship for speech-language pathology through pledge.
Lucas Steuber '14 is leveraging his expertise as a speech-language pathologist to help some hospitalized COVID-19 patients communicate.