About Our Program
Speech-language therapists are in high demand: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national employment rate is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2026, with an anticipated 18% increase in job openings. Our program will prepare you to fill this need as a skilled clinician ready to help those affected by speech-language-hearing disorders.
Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) is an undergraduate major that leads to a master's in speech-language pathology (SLP) in just five years.
Right now, the number of applications for graduate-level coursework in speech-language pathology far exceeds the available openings in graduate schools. Our program will help you get ahead of the competition: If you meet all course and GPA requirements after your third year as a communication sciences & disorders major, you will be admitted automatically to our graduate-level speech-language pathology master's program. At the end of the third year, you’ll enter the SLP Program. At the completion of your fourth year, you'll receive a B.S. in communication sciences & disorders. Contingent on approval of Candidacy status with the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, you will earn your master's degree in speech-language pathology at the end of the fifth year.
The master's degree in the Speech-Language Pathology program at LVC is an Applicant for Candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Once candidacy status is obtained, LVC will be 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).
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.