Graduate Academic Handbook
The University of Nevada, Reno offers a two-year program leading to the M.S. degree in Speech Pathology. Students are prepared for professional careers as speech-language pathologists in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and community clinics. The program provides the academic and clinical requirements necessary for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. Students become eligible for ASHA certification following completion of the M.S. degree, successful completion of the national certification examination (National Praxis Examination), and completion of a one-year clinical fellowship year (CFY). The CFY consists of nine months of full-time professional employment as a speech-language pathologist completed under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist.
Please refer to the Academic Handbook for requirements.
Graduate Clinical Handbook
In addition to the academic requirements, there are clinical requirements for the satisfaction of the hours required by ASHA (Standards V-C & V-D - www.asha.org). Master's students must complete a minimum of 375 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum. Students typically complete three to four semesters of practicum in our on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic. Specialty clinical services are offered for a variety of communicative disorders and are supervised by faculty. Students are also required to complete off-campus clinical externship placements. Placements are available in public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and early intervention programs.
Graduate students enrolled in the Master's Speech Language Pathology program are required to read the Clinical Handbook and abide by all policies and procedures.