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Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology


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Note: The Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Medical Speech-Language Pathology is currently undergoing revision and will not be accepting students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Medical Speech-Language Pathology is an advanced clinical program recommended to candidates seeking “state-of-the-science” information and clinical skills.

The program is designed for SLPs working with medically fragile patients (and their families) across the lifespan in a range of settings including but not limited to acute hospitals, specialized pediatric or adult institutes, and community based practices.

Graduates of this program will be prepared for interprofessional practice leadership, and excellence in clinical practice in the medical setting, as well as clinical faculty positions.

Sameera Dehaithem, CScD alumna and current Assistant Professor and Acting Chair of the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Department at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with undergraduate students at 2016 ASHA annual convention.


The Doctor of Clinical Science program in Medical Speech-Language Pathology is an advanced professional doctorate degree recommended for the student or Speech-Language Pathologist aiming for clinical excellence and leadership as an SLP in settings such as modern primary, tertiary or rehabilitation medical centers, and institutions of higher education. 

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The admission requirements for the CScD in Speech-Language Pathology includes the completion of a CSD MS/MA degree among other criteria and an interview in which the applicant discusses content knowledge, and several other requirements. 

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The CScD SLP program curriculum and clinical requirements are designed and chosen with the guidance of an advisor so that students can focus their coursework on their determined Plan of Study. 

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the CScD SLP program.

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