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Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

The Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP.D.) is designed to foster the continued academic education of speech-language pathologists pursuing an advanced doctoral degree. This program fosters the development of knowledge, leadership, and problem-solving skills through curricula that incorporate current research, ethical decision making, and models of best practice. Doctoral students are encouraged to analyze, synthesize, and apply research-based theory to their current work environment and through the development of the applied dissertation. The doctoral program in speech language pathology fulfills a commitment to society by providing practicing clinicians with a variety of forums to keep their knowledge base current by allowing a flexible schedule for obtaining doctoral education and providing an environment that nurtures the development of current practitioners and future leaders.

Who Should Apply?

Practicing speech-language pathologists in schools, hospitals, universities, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers

OR

Individuals with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and ASHA certification who wish to obtain an advanced doctoral degree.

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcripts indicating conferral of a master’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (minimum 3.2 grade point average required) 
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • Copy of current vitae/resume
  • Two professional letters of recommendation by two different individuals who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a doctoral program
  • Valid documentation of the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and a copy of current state SLP licensure 
  • Written responses to questions/essays provided in the application
  • Applicant interview
  • A test score report showing that the applicant received a raw scaled score of 391–396 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a combined score of 1100 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The test must have been taken within the past five years. If the score falls below the minimum requirement, the applicant must submit a rationale, in essay format, providing an explanation of why scores do not reflect the applicant’s academic potential

FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS

Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to demonstrate English proficiency through results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International students living in the United States must present verification of student visa or residency status.

Courses in the Major (53 credits minimum)

Core Courses (26 credits)

Course Number Course Title & Description
SLPD 7000 Technology and Instrumentation in Communication Sciences

This course presents advanced applications in the use of computer hardware and software in communication sciences and disorders. Doctoral students will receive hands-on experience in the use, application, and configuration of software for distance learning technologies for management of clients and for business issues.

Prerequisite/s: None
SLPD 7030 Gerontology

This course will provide students with an overview of gerontology.  The older adult population often present with complex, interacting issues.  Thus, a holistic approach to patient care will be considered, encompassing biological, social, psychological, and cultural aspects related to aging.  Analysis of day-to-day functioning of the aging patient will be covered.  An emphasis will be placed on differentiation between normal aging processes and pathological changes related to speech pathology and communciation disorders.  Learning will take place via class lectures and discussions experimental exercises, written case studies, student presentations and panel discussions.  Discussion of ethical issues related to aging will augment the learning proecess.  

Prerequisite/s: None

SLPD 7040 Supervision

Supervision: The identification and analysis of the processes of supervision along the continium of supervision from support personnel to peer will be examined. Topics will include planning and executing the supervisory conference, data collection procedures, and evaluation. The research in the field of supervision will be examined with an emphasis on practical application. The impact of cultural diversity on supervision will be addressed.

Prerequisite/s: None
SLPD 7060 Genetics

This course will provide students with a summary of genetics and the opportunity investigate the spectrum of genetic syndromes common to clients with communication disorders.  Doctoral candidates will study the embryologic development with an emphasis on a normal and abnormal or interrupted development at various states and outcomes.

Prerequisite/s: None
SLPD 7070 Pharmacology

The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the advanced science and clinical pharmacology that impacts the practice of speech language pathology.  The clinical use and understanding of the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and the potential positive and negative outcomes of medications will be emphasized. Lectures, videos and hand-on learning activities will be explored during the course.  Doctoral candidates will learn the general principles of drug action, particularly as related to communicative function.  The classes of drugs used in clinical practice will be examined with emphasis on activity, mode of action, side effects, toxicity, and drug interactions.  Case studies in the fields of speech language pathology and audiology will be presented.

Prerequisite/s: None
SLPD 7075 Counseling

Emphasis on conseling approaches for use with clients will communication disorders and/or their families. doctoral candidates will explore theories of counseling with an emphasis on management of individuals with communication disorders and their families. Doctoral candidates will experiment with different approaches to interacting with clients and their families individually and in groups. Cultural impact on the conseling prorcess will be addressed. Doctoral candidates will conduct to role-play situations for use with clients demonstrating a variety of audiologic and/or speech-language problems.

Prerequisite/s: None

SLPD 7080 Business Management and Leadership

Doctoral candidates will learn basic management principles as they relate to the conduct of speech-language or audiology practice in a variety of settings. Legal and ethical issues in practice management will be covered. Doctoral candidates preparing for personal and professional development assess the skills and behaviors of the leader of change agent in terms of their ownh potential for growth and future leadership positions.

Prerequisite/s: None
SLPD 7200 Neuroscience/Neuropsychology and Communication Disorders

Neurological foundations of speech-language and cognitive disorders will be presented. The emphasis will be a study of neuropathological conditions and the speech-language disorders that result from these conditions.

Prerequisite/s: None
SLPD 7210 Advanced Seminar in Pediatric Development

Theories and application of cognitive, social, psychological, and cultural development of children and adolescents will be examined. Current thinking will agument classical theory.  Application of current thinking as well as therapeutic, teaching and care giving practices stemming from these ideas will be stressed.

SLPD 7220 Advanced Seminar in Voice and Swallowing

Advanced Seminars in Voice and Swallowing is a doctoral level course exploring best practices in voice and swallowing disorders. This course is not designed to develop voice and swallowing clinicians nor is it designed to impart the full breadth of information available in the areas of voice and swallowing disorders. Rather, this course is designed to enhance the students' comprehension of the specialty areas of voice and swallowing disorders that were taught to them at the master's level, expand their knowledge base of best practices in voice and swallowing disorders, and develop a working sense of the scope of practice in voice and swallowing.

Prerequisite/s: None
SLPD 7250 Advanced Seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

This study area provides a discussion of the critical issues in augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology, with a focus on self-determination, family-centered practices, and AAC outcomes. Students will gain experience with non-electronic communication displays, various input devices, and low-tech communication devices, as well a high technology voice output communication aids. Current issues in ethics, funding, and the impact of culture on AAC are presented. A discussion of recent trends and future needs as well as strategies for keeping up with new technology and a rapidly expanding knowledge base will be included.

Prerequisite/s: None

Research Courses (12 credits)

Course Number Course Title
EDD 9300 Methods of Inquiry (6 CREDITS)

The purpose of this core course is to train doctoral students in the use of the scientific approach in educational and social science research, to ensure informed decision making grounded in empirical research. After receiving training on the utilization of library database applications and various research methodologies, students will develop (a) the elements of a research examination, based on a problem in the workplace or field of interest, (b) a related literature review, (c) a purpose statement, and (d) research questions. Students will be expected to complete the online CITI training modules, a requirement for research submitted for Institutional Review Board approval. Upon completion of the course, students should maintain the tools necessary to begin working on their Concept Paper, the first of three benchmarks in the NSU/FSE dissertation process.

Prerequisite/s: EDD 9200
ARC 8912 Statistical Methods

Statistical Methods is a course in applied statistics that will introduce concepts and methods in descriptive and inferential statistics. The course is designed to provide students with the statistical background required for doctoral-level research while emphasizing the application of statistics.

Prerequisite/s: None

Choose one of the following (3 credits)

Course Number Course Title
ARC 8913* Program Evaluation

This course will examine key concepts, methods, and approaches in the field of evaluation research. Students will be exposed to the theoretical and methodological diversity inherent in current evaluation practice across a of substantive areas (e.g., social services, education, and business). The comprehensive range of activities involved in designing, implementing, and assessing the utility of social and educational programs will be a primary focus of the course.

Pre-Requisites: EDD 9300.
ARC 8915* Survey Research

The Survey Research course is designed to provide doctoral students with an overview of survey research methods. Topics in the course will include survey design, implementation, sampling, data collection, follow-up, analyses, and ethics. Students will design a pilot survey in preparation for their dissertation research.

Prerequisite/s: EDD 9300.
ARC 8919* Single Subject Research *Prerequisite EDD 9300

This course covers basic concepts and methods employed in single-subject research. Participants will learn about single-subject research designs including the case study, AB and its variations, changing criterion, multiple baseline, and alternating treatment. Important factors in designing and critically reviewing single-subject research will be presented, along with options for analyzing data from single-subject research studies. Ethical issues in single- subject research will also be reviewed.

Prerequisite/s: EDD 9300

Applied Dissertation (12 credits)

The applied dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer a research question directed toward the improvement of practice in the field of speech language pathology. Research is distinguished by a theory-to-practice model encompassing a diversity of disciplines. Each student is assigned a faculty committee to facilitate and supervise the process.

There are three benchmarks in the completion of the applied dissertation: (1) the concept paper, (2) the dissertation proposal and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, and (3) the dissertation.

Course Number Course Title
ARC 8966 Applied Dissertation Seminar 1—Concept Paper (2 CREDITS)

The content of Applied Dissertation Service 1 (Concept Paper) focuses on developing a preliminary literature review and formulating research questions of the concept paper. The committee chair and member roles are discussed as well as the roles and responsibilities of the Applied Research Center's faculty and staff. This service will culminate in the completion of the first corresponding benchmark: the concept paper. Credit for this service will be assigned following approval of the concept paper.

Prerequisite/s: None.
ARC 8967 Applied Dissertation Seminar 2—Proposal (5 CREDITS)

The content of Applied Dissertation Service 2 (Dissertation Proposal) emphasizes the formulation and writing of the dissertation proposal and the process for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Methodology and content for each of the proposal chapters are defined, including a thorough discussion of the role of the literature review to support or refute the dissertation topic. This service focusing on scientific inquiry will culminate in the completion of the second corresponding benchmark: the applied dissertation proposal. Credit for this service will be assigned following approval of the proposal.

Prerequisite/s: ARC 8966.
ARC 8968 Applied Dissertation Seminar 3—Dissertation (5 CREDITS)

Applied Dissertation Service 3 (Final Report) involves data collection and implementation, the applied dissertation (i.e., final report), and the final-approval process. Content and format issues, as well as recommendations for further research, are highlighted. Dissemination of the dissertation and possible outlets for publication are covered. This service will culminate in the completion of the third corresponding benchmark: the applied dissertation. Credits for this service will be assigned following approval of the applied dissertation.

Prerequisite/s: ARC 8967.

Continuing Dissertation Services

If the program is not completed within 24 months, continuing dissertation services will begin on the 25th month. Students will be automatically enrolled in ADS 8090 between the 25th and 36th months of their program and must enroll themselves in ADS 8091 beginning the 37th month of their program in order to receive dissertation services from their committee chair and or the applied research center.

Course Number Course Title
ADS 8090 Applied Dissertation Services I

Applied Dissertation Services I is continuing dissertation services for students who complete all of their doctoral coursework during the first 24 months of the program. Students are automatically enrolled in ADS 8090. No charges will apply for services.

Prerequisite/s: None.
ADS 8091 Applied Dissertation Services II

Dissertation services for continuing doctoral students previously enrolled in ADS 8090 who did not complete the applied dissertation. ADS 8091 is also for currently enrolled students who are entering the 37th month of the doctoral program. Students are responsible for registering for ADS 8091. Service fees will apply.

Prerequisite/s: None.

Transfer of Credits

A maximum of nine semester hours of post-master’s degree, doctoral-level credit, earned from a regionally accredited institution within the past 5 years, will be considered toward meeting the doctoral program's degree requirements. Grades for courses transferred must be at the grade of A or B or equivalent. Acceptance of transfer credit is not guaranteed.

Applicants who wish to request evaluatio nof prior coursework for consideration as transfer credit should note this on their application, send course descriptions, and request that official transcripts be sent to the Speech-Language Pathology Department. Current doctoral candidates should request and receive prior written approval from the chair of the speech-language pathology department before enrolling in any other institution's courses that are intended to be submitted for transfer credit. THis request should include an explanation and related course description(s).

Credits earned a Nova Southeastern University are transferable at the discretion of the receiving college, university, and/or program. Studetns who wish to transfer credits from NSU should contact the admissions office or program of the receiving school for information.

The SLP.D. program is a hybrid (face to face/online) program that represents and innovative, practical, and realistic approach to doctoral studies. A new cohort is developed once a year that consisits of 15 to 20 speech-language pathology professionals who live and work in a variety of settings. The cohort follows a program of study for matriculation through the courses. The cohort is intended to serve as both an administrative and educational vehicle for the program. The cohort format provides opportunities for sharing the expertise of individual cohort members and fosters professional dialogue.

The hybrid (face to face/online) format is provded to each cohort which includes formal instruction as delivered through hybrid (face to face/online), online only and one live summer residency. The hybrid instructors teach from the Ft. Lauderdale main campus. For these hybrid classes students are provided with software which allows them to hearn and view (instructor/class) online. Students participate in faculty-directed independent reading and wirting assignments between class meetings.

During the first summer in the program, all students are required to attend a week long SLP.D. Summer Residency (Institute) and/or a required SLP.D. class in Florida.

Computer Requirements

All doctoral students are expected to have a computer with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel software. Some programs used to augment coursework require a computer with the Windows operating system.

A program orientation will be included in the first course, SLPD 7000 Technology and Instrucmentation in Communication Sciences. The purpose of the orientation portion of the course is to provide students with the information needed to successfully begin and complete the SLP.D. program.

During the first summer in the program, all students are required to attend a week long SLP.D. summer residency (institute) and/or a required SLP.D. class (Florida location). The summer residency (institute) is a conference designed for first and second year doctoral students. During the summer residency (institute) class sessions will be provided in the areas of quantitative and/or qualitative research. In addition, during the SLP.D. class sessions students will have the opportunity to meet with invited national and international speakers on topics pertinent to the field of speech-language pathology and to the areas of leadership, learning, and teaching.

Faculty members for the Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition, many are also highly respected professional practitioners who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Faculty and Staff

  • Participation in the Summer Residency (Institute) in Florida
  • Satisfactory completion of all required courses
  • Successful completion of an applied dissertation
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for degree and satisfaction of all NSU/CHCS financial obligations

A maximum of nine semester hours of post-master’s degree, doctoral-level credit, earned from a regionally accredited institution within the past 5 years, will be considered toward meeting the doctoral program's degree requirements. Grades for courses transferred must be at the grade of A or B or equivalent. Acceptance of transfer credit is not guaranteed.

Applicants who wish to request evaluatio nof prior coursework for consideration as transfer credit should note this on their application, send course descriptions, and request that official transcripts be sent to the Speech-Language Pathology Department. Current doctoral candidates should request and receive prior written approval from the chair of the speech-language pathology department before enrolling in any other institution's courses that are intended to be submitted for transfer credit. THis request should include an explanation and related course description(s).

Credits earned a Nova Southeastern University are transferable at the discretion of the receiving college, university, and/or program. Studetns who wish to transfer credits from NSU should contact the admissions office or program of the receiving school for information.

Tuition

Initial tuition payments are based on $1180 per credit for the academic year. This tuition may be subject to a yearly change. Doctoral candidates register and pay for each component prior to entering that component. 

Fees

Application: A one-time, nonrefundable fee of $50 must accompany the application for admission.
Registration: $30 per term

Late Regisgration Fee: $100

Technology Fee: $110 per term
Degree Application: $75.00
Binding Fee: $300.00

Additional Program Expenses

Doctoral candidates will be responsible for the purchase of textbooks and for the cost of travel to classes during the summer residencey, as well as for other needs typically associated with advanced study. Material fees may be charged as necessary. If a student relocates, it is the student’s financial responsibility to re-establish ISDN lines. In order to access the university’s computing resources, all Nova Southeastern University students must provide their own internet access service through a suitable Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Payments should be sent directly to the Bursar's Office at the following address:

Nova Southeastern University
Bursar’s Office
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796