The Master of Science in speech-language pathology at Rush University is a two-year, seven-quarter program comprising 108 hours of coursework, including 26 advanced practicum hours.
For a complete list of coursework required by quarter, see the Rush University Catalog.
Clinical experiences occur every quarter, beginning with structured observation of assessment and intervention procedures. Students then assume greater responsibility for provided supervised clinical services.
Clinical placements are offered both on campus and off campus.
Clinical facilities off campus include:
- UIC Medical Center
- Rehab Institute of Chicago
- U of Chicago Hospitals
- Chicago Public Schools
- Children's Memorial Hospital
- Hines VA Hospital
- Jesse Brown VA Hospital
- Evanston Northwestern Hospital
Clinical facilities at Rush University Medical Center include:
- Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, serving older adults and rehabilitation patients
- The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Outpatient Clinic
- Rush Children's Hospital
- Rush University Medical Center
Oral comprehensive exams are conducted during the seventh quarter of full-time enrollment. Students are encouraged to choose the program's thesis option. Working with a faculty advisor, the student completes a data-based research project. The oral defense of the thesis replaces the oral comprehensive examinations.
Photo Caption: Emily Wang, PhD, explains acoustic analyses of dysarthric speech in the Motor Speech Lab.