Certification and Licensure
Graduates meet all of the requirements for certification by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.asha.org). In addition, students meet the requirements to be licensed by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The program works with students wishing to be licensed in other states to ensure they meet those license requirements.
Longwood's graduate program provides students with strong academic and clinical preparation that enables them to meet the Knowledge and Skills (KASA) required for national certification. The academic courses are sequenced to enable students to build their knowledge throughout the program. All faculty members have significant clinical experiences and teach in their areas of interest and expertise.
Clinically, students acquire a minimum of 400 clock hours (as required for ASHA certification) with clients of all ages (infancy through geriatric populations) and all communication disorders. All students begin their clinical experience under close supervision of Longwood faculty at Longwood University's Speech, Hearing, and Learning Services (SHLS) and move to off-site placements as they develop their clinical skills. The Center provides services to children and adults with articulation, language, voice, fluency, cognitive, and hearing disorders. In addition, the Center provides early intervention services in the home, accent modification for English language learners, early literacy experiences for preschoolers, and communication strategies classes for adults with hearing loss. Longwood offers a variety of off-site placements for students, including public and private schools, private practice, community clinics, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Success of our Graduates
Over the last three years (2011 – 2014), Longwood's graduates have achieved a 98% first time pass rate on the Praxis II in Speech-Language Pathology. All students (100%) have completed the program in the specified time period (5 - 6 semesters for students who have successfully completed the pre-requisite coursework). Our graduates have successfully gained employment after graduation (an average of 95% within six months), with approximately half employed in education settings and half in medical settings.) Click here for a table displaying Graduate Outcome Data for the 2011-2014 period.