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.
Department Chair Named
The Department of Communication Science and Disorders is excited to announce the September arrival of our new chair, Bernard Rousseau, PhD, MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow. Rousseau is currently associate vice chair for Research in the Department of Otolaryngology, and chancellor faculty fellow and associate professor of Otolaryngology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. Learn more.
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.
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.
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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