The Speech-Language Pathology Track provides interested SHBT students with the opportunity to complete the academic and clinical requirements set by the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA) for certification as a speech-language pathologist.
Students complete a series of 13 CSD courses (31 credits total) and 5 clinical practicum placements (400 hours of supervised clinical experience for 15 credits) offered by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Master’s Program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions (MGH-IHP), which is accredited by ASHA.
The academic and clinical requirements are typically completed during G2 and G3 of the SHBT Program. Students who complete the concentration coursework, pass the SHBT Oral Qualifying Exam, and earn a PhD degree in SHBT, can then earn the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) by passing a national written exam and completing a post-graduate clinical fellowship. The latter two postdoctoral activities are not part of the Speech-Language Pathology Track of SHBT and are not funded by the SHBT training grant.
Students who opt for the SLP Track must pay a one-time fee (approximately $8,000) to the MGH-IHP to cover the cost of organizing clinical placements