Beginning Fall 2025

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved a new Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology program on November 8, 2022. The application window will open August 1, 2024 for a Fall 2025 start date. This program is full-time, lock-step model.

Our mission: To prepare students with the clinical acumen necessary for professional employment as an entry-level speech-language pathology clinician demonstrated by a collaborative therapeutic skillset to improve the quality of life of individuals with speech-language-communication and swallowing therapy needs.  

Our vision: The vision of the new Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Augusta University is to be a leader of innovation and transformational learning by providing high impact experiential training within a diverse, interprofessional, academic, and clinical learning environment.

Our values: We honor our values of compassion, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and leadership. We uphold these values—and their foundational principles like respect and social responsibility—by living them in the small actions we take in our day-to-day lives.

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Contact Us

Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Joann Denemark, MS, CCC-SLP
Program Director

706-721-6673

jdenemark@augusta.edu

By the Numbers

22

Graduate Student Cohort

28

New Courses

95%

Face-to-Face Instruction

72

Credit Hours

6

Semesters

Accreditation

The Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology {residential} at Augusta University is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

As an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Speech-Language Pathology, graduates from the Augusta University Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology are eligible to sit for the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (5331). The Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (5331) is an integral component of ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association) national certification standards and a requirement for state professional licensure. Individuals are eligible to apply for national certification once they have completed all graduate-level academic course work and clinical practicum and been judged by the graduate program as having acquired all of the knowledge and skills mandated by current CAA and CFCC (Council for Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology) standards.  When an earned passing score on the Praxis exam is achieved, the dept has determined a speech-language pathologist is eligible to apply for licensure to practice in any state or territory within the United States.

Our Team

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Pil-Woo Kim, DC

  • Human Anatomy
  • Director and Associate Professor
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Fang Hua, MB, PhD

  • Human Anatomy
  • Professor

Program Overview

  • Only USG program affiliated with an academic health center, Wellstar MCG Health.
  • Intended to provide experiential learning opportunities to keep pace with the increase of medical SLP service delivery needs.
  • One-of-a-kind curriculum to include SLPP 6600 Head and Neck Cancer and SLPP 6000 Anatomy of the Head and Neck, a lecture/cadaver lab course for reflective hands-on learning.
  • Lab training opportunities using professional grade Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and Voice Lab equipment.
  • Experiential learning to practice clinical skills at the state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot Interdisciplinary Simulation Center (ISC).
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) opportunities with occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, physician assistant, dietician, and medical students.
  • Study Abroad opportunity in Jamaica providing therapeutic services to the residents of Mustard Seed Communities.
  • One-of-a-kind opportunities to experience clinical rotations at inpatient and outpatient AUMC, Georgia Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Charlie Norwood VA Hospital, and Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, local school districts, outpatient pediatric and adult therapy facilities, etc.
  • One-of-a-kind opportunities to participate in on-campus specialty clinics - Interdisciplinary Equality Clinic, Clinica Latina, Costa Layman, Healthy Grandparents and Parkinson's Support Group.
  • White coat ceremony to officially mark a student’s transition into the world of healthcare.

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Tuition

Program Goals

  • Prepare graduates with the required knowledge and clinical skillset needed for entry level professional practice and employment in a range of education and health-related work settings and be recognized for their competence, leadership, ethics, and commitment to service and life-long learning.
  • Transform graduates to become independent clinicians to deliver effective, culturally sensitive, and evidenced-based clinical services to individuals with differences or disorders in communication and swallowing. 
  • Provide graduates with a well-rounded, high-quality academic and clinical experience that is directed by certified SLP faculty and clinical supervisors promoting transformational learning, mentorship, and service-learning through critical thinking and evidence-based clinical practices. 
  • Offer an innovative and well-rounded curriculum of study to promote the development of interprofessional educational practice to guide clinical decision-making via interdisciplinary collaboration with on-campus academic programs to include occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, physician assistant, dietician, nursing and medical students. 

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Graduate Information

  • Graduates will obtain a minimum of 400 clinical clock hours required for graduation supervised by American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA) certified clinical supervisors, a requirement for full eligibility to complete the Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY).
  • Graduates will be well prepared for the Praxis Exam in Speech-Language Pathology required for state licensure.
  • Graduates will demonstrate professional practice competencies leading to the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP), a nationally recognized certification required for employment.
  • Graduates will be eligible for professional state licensure by the Georgia Board of Speech-Language Pathology and the Georgia Educator Certificate in the field of speech-language pathology by the Georgia Board of Education.
  • SLP graduates will improve community health by increasing the provision of highly qualified SLP graduates to fill the state and nationwide critical shortage.

 

*Diversity and Inclusion is an important part of our university's values, learn more about the Office of Institutional Access, Success & Belonging