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Master of Science In
Speech-language Pathology

Student Expectations

Students are expected to become familiar with everything below. 

Essential Functions

In accordance with ASHA, it is the position of the M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology that professional competence in providing services to individuals with communication disorders requires cultural competence as well. The Program thus supports ASHA’s position statement on Cultural Competence in Professional Service Delivery and encourages all students and professionals to use ASHA’s Cultural Competence Checklist: Service Delivery.

In addition, students must possess fundamental sensory/observational, communication, motor, intellectual/cognitive, and social/behavioral abilities that will allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills requisite to the practice of speech-language pathology, to function effectively in a broad variety of clinical situations, and to render competent patient care. These abilities are described in more detail in the department's Essential Functions for Students in the M.S. Program in Speech-Language Pathology document.

When working in the WVU Speech and Hearing Clinic, or in any off-campus clinical site, students are expected to perform all duties in a professional manner and to observe appropriate infection control procedures. Accordingly, students are expected to conform to the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding infection prevention and expectations for safe care.

Residency Requirements

All students in the M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology must be full-time in residence during the program of study. The minimum duration for graduate study is five consecutive semesters (including summer sessions). All M.S. students are expected to complete CSAD 719, Externship in Speech Pathology, during their final semester of the program. Part-time students are not eligible for admission. 

All full-time WVU students must be covered by some form of health insurance. Please see the Student Insurance Office website for more information.

See the SLP Student Handbook for additional information regarding graduate student expectations.