About The Program
Communication sciences & disorders (CSD) is an undergraduate major that leads to a master’s in speech-language pathology (SLP) in just five years. At the end of the third year, qualified students enter the Speech-Language Pathology Program. At the completion of their fourth year, students receive a B.S. in communication sciences & disorders. At the end of their fifth year, graduates receive a master’s in speech-language pathology.
Our CSD and SLP program will help students become competent, ethical clinicians able to serve those affected by speech-language-hearing disorders. Majors will study in the College’s new $20 million Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, expected to open in 2018.
- At LVC, our CSD and SLP program builds on our highly successful doctor of physical therapy, master of athletic training, and bachelor of exercise science programs. Our CSD and SLP program, which welcomes its first capped-enrollment class in fall 2017, will educate students to be competent, ethical clinicians able to serve persons with speech-language-hearing disorders.
- At present, the number of applications for graduate-level course work in SLP far exceeds the available openings in graduate schools. However, at LVC, students meeting all course and GPA requirements after their third year are automatically admitted into the graduate-level SLP master’s program.
- The new program will join three highly competitive and in-demand programs of study in the health professions. The Physical Therapy Program boasts 100 percent job offer rates for its graduates as well as 100 percent pass rates on the physical therapy board exam.
- A strong and active alumni network ensures that all CSD and SLP graduates will have extensive support during and after program completion. This support includes an extensive network of clinical partnerships where students are prepared to be World-Ready Graduates.
- The College is in final plans for a $20 million health professions building—The Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion—with an expected completion date of June 2018. This state-of-the-art facility will house the College’s current and future health profession-related majors, including CSD and SLP.
- LVC will pursue American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Accreditation.
- LVC is the only school in central Pennsylvania to offer the CSD/SLP program and one of only five in the entire state to have a five-year program (4+1) culminating in a master’s degree. The other Pennsylvania programs are six-years (4+2).
- The Valley offers a cohort-based CSD/SLP curriculum with a limited number of acceptances each year. This will help build lifelong friendships and professional connections with classmates.
Speech-language pathology positions continue to be difficult to fill. The LVC five-year program, culminating in a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, will assist employers in reducing vacancies, particularly in the school setting.