The program is fully accredited by The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). The program has also been approved by the New York State Department of Education for the MS degree and for the Initial Certificate, Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the Speech Language Pathology degree is not charged on a per credit basis. For comparison purposes, per credit tuition for our program for the class of 2011 was $770/credit. Click here to view the Master of Science in SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY PROGRAM. Additional fees for health services, network and voice mail access, program materials, and student activities are separate.
Please note that the refund policy for the Speech-Language Pathology program differs from the general refund policy. Tuition for the year is paid semi-annually in May and November. The refund policy is as follows: prior to the first day of class, 100% of the tuition payment made will be refunded; during the first week of class, 80% will be refunded; during the second week of class, 60%; during the third week of class, 40%; and during the fourth week of class, 20%. No refunds will be made after the fourth week of classes.
To graduate, students are expected to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. If at any time the cumulative GPA drops below 3.00, the student will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation at the end of the Spring 1 semester or at the end of the Fall 2 semester may be dismissed from the program.
Information about other academic regulations, standards of conduct and procedures for dismissal from the Speech-Language Pathology Program are contained in the Speech-Language Pathology Student Handbook.
Speech-Language Pathology - The Clinical Experience
Students integrate academic knowledge and clinical skills. The learning experience is an interactive process involving the patient, the student, and the clinical instructor. Clinical education helps to develop professional skills and a working knowledge of the current health care environment.
- Minimum 375 hours of direct clinical contact at on-site and off-site facilities.
- Placements at off-site facilities occur in the summer, fall, and spring of the second year of study.
- 17 on-campus clinical educators.
- More than 80 off-campus clinical sites, including acute-care hospitals, out-patient clinics, rehabilitation hospitals, and other types of long-term-care institutions and pediatric facilities.
What Makes Us Special?
We are a medically-oriented program in Medical Speech-Language Pathology, specifically designed to prepare graduates to pursue a career path in healthcare settings. Located in an academic health center environment, the program draws on unique academic and clinical resources to teach the skills required of speech-language pathologists as they fill an expanding role in health care settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and skilled nursing facilities. Medically-oriented education and training are enriched by the integration of resources from the schools of public health, basic medical sciences, and medicine. Faculty and students use state-of-the-art clinical and technological resources to advance the field of communication science through research and clinical care. Gross anatomy is taught during the first year by the same faculty who teach our medical students. Coursework emphasizes diagnosis and treatment of medically-involved patients from pediatrics through geriatrics. Clinical rotations include tertiary care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, and schools for children with special needs.
The Master of Science program in Medical Speech-Language Pathology provides entry-level professional education. Our curriculum accommodates students who do not have an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology without the need for additional coursework. Instead, these students are provided with a self-directed program of study that introduces them to basic concepts in the field.
Our program prepares skilled clinicians who are committed to excellence in the delivery of speech-language pathology services in health care facilities and other professional settings. Although we are medically oriented, the program provides a quality generalized training that prepares new clinicians for practice in any setting.
Completion of the program leads to qualification for licensure and credentials necessary for entry into the profession. In addition to preparing graduates to meet the healthcare needs of many populations in a variety of settings, the program is a regional resource for information and continuing professional education in speech-language pathology.
The program admits full-time day students only, for an intensive twenty-month program.
The department engages in a continuous process of program evaluation and quality improvement. Program development is guided by a strategic planning process. Our most recent strategic plan (2009-2012) is available here.
School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College
New York Medical College (NYMC) is a health sciences university, and its mission is carried out through three schools: the Medical School, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, and the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology is offered by the School of Health Sciences and Practice. The program in Speech-Language Pathology enjoys collegial relationships with the school's other disciplines including epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health science, health policy and management and physical therapy.
Students and faculty in speech-language pathology have available to them the collaborative teaching and research capabilities of other faculty in anatomy, neuroscience, physiology, and the specific clinical sciences from the School of Medicine germane to speech-language pathology, including neurology, pediatrics, and gerontology.
New York Medical College has geographic and administrative ties to a number of facilities that offer opportunities for students to obtain exceptional experience in many areas, but particularly working with persons who are living with very challenging speech-language pathology problems.
The School of Health Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College is located on a beautiful 565-acre campus shared with Westchester Medical Center and the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). The campus is centrally located in Westchester, close to several major roadways, including the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287), the Sprain Brook Parkway, the Taconic State Parkway, and the Saw Mill River Parkway. It is a 45-minute drive from midtown Manhattan.