Information for Future Students in CSD

 

Programs Offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders:

      Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Post Bachelor Program
      Master of Arts (M.A.) with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology 
      Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)
      Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

 

What is Speech-Language Pathology?

Speech-Language Pathologists ...

  • Evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language and swallowing disorders.
  • Prepare future professionals and engage in research.
  • Work in schools, hospitals, nursing care facilities, clinics, private practices, research laboratories, home health-care facilities, colleges and universities.
  • Earn median salaries of $70,000 - $90,000 annually as state licensed / American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified clinicians.

Entry level positions for speech-language pathologists require a master's degree, which requires a two-year graduate program. Graduate education is mandated for certification as a speech-language pathologist.

Projected Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics* projects an increase of 19% in the field of speech pathology by the year 2020 (from 134,100 positions in 2012 to 160,000 in 2020). This is faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.

What is Audiology?

Audiologists ...

  • Study normal and impaired hearing.
  • Inform people about the prevention of hearing loss.
  • Identify, assess and work to correct hearing and balance problems.
  • Prepare future professionals and engage in research.
  • Design hearing instruments and testing equipment.
  • Work in schools, hospitals, clinics, private practice, health departments, industry, universities, research laboratories and physicians' offices.
  • Earn median salaries of $65,000 - $85,000 annually as state licensed / American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified audiologists.

Entry-level audiologists' positions require a clinical doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.) which requires a four-year graduate program. Graduate education is mandated for certification as an audiologist.

Projected Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics** projects an increase of 34% in the field of audiology by 2020 (from 13,000 positions in 2012 to 17,300 by 2020). This is much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.

 

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More Information on Careers in Communication Sciences & Disorders (links to the ASHA website)

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 Information for High School Students

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 Professions on the Fast Track for Growth

"Speech-language pathology and audiology will be among the hottest professions in the country in the next decade, according to recent employment growth projections in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) 2002–2003 Occupational Outlook Handbook . ..."

 National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

"National NSSLHA membership provides benefits that help students stay current on advancements in the field, enhance their academic knowledge, find internships and employment, network with other students with similar interests, and save money on products and services. ..."

 

ASHA's YouTube Videos: Careers and Patient Success Stories

 

Student Outcome Data for WSU's M.A.-SLP and Au.D. Programs

 

Scholarship, Graduate Student Assistantship and FInancial Aid Information

  • Department Scholarships:

NOTE: Most departmental scholarship applications are due in the fall semester. Please contact the department for up-to-date information regarding application due dates.

Checklist of Essential Functions for students in audiology and speech-language pathology (Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders)

Department Location

The main office of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is located at: (click here for a campus map)

207 Rackham Building, 60 Farnsworth

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: 313-577-3339; Fax: 313-577-8885

 

Accreditation

The Master's Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology and the Professional Doctorate program in Audiology (Au.D.) are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, Telephone: 800-638-8255.

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Wayne State University (WSU) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment status, educational programs and related activities.  As part of WSU, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders adheres to this same policy for faculty and students as well as for clients of the department's clinics. Students, faculty, staff and persons served in the department's clinics are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner—that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship or status as a covered veteran.

 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Speech-Language Pathologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm (visited February 20, 2014).

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Audiologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/audiologists.htm (visited February 20, 2014).

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