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M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology New Student Orientation

Winter 2018 Cohort!

Welcome to Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program!  You are now a part of the largest graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology in the nation!

Now that you have been accepted (and after the celebration), you have some planning to do and will be receiving information about the program!

    In your acceptance letter, you were provided with information regarding payment of the seat deposit.  Paying this deposit will hold a place for you in our program for up to one calendar year from the date of matriculation included in your admission letter.  Please be sure to make this payment by the due date.  Once you start the program, this deposit will be released to your student account to go towards tuition, books, etc.
    ONLINE PROGRAM: If you have been accepted to the Online program, meaning you live more than fifty (50) miles from a campus of Nova Southeastern University, your orientation is scheduled for December 1-3, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

     If you have been accepted to an on-campus program, meaning you live within fifty (50) miles from a campus of Nova Southeastern University, your orientation is scheduled for December 8-10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    NEW YORK 8 (NY8):
    If you have been accepted to the NY8 cohort, your orientation is scheduled for January 7-9, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York
    You will need a place to stay while you are here for the Orientation Weekend.  Please visit the NSU Travel Office to find hotels in the Fort Lauderdale area which offer a discount to Nova Southeastern University students.  It is suggested that you have a car while you are here. Information on car rentals is also available on the NSU Travel Office site.
    You will want to arrive in the Fort Lauderdale/Davie area by Thursday night, the night before the Orientation Weekend begins. Orientation will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day (please arrive by 8:00 a.m. to assure we can begin on-time).  We will finish by 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, you will be in class until approximately 3:00 p.m.  Attendance at the Orientation Weekend is mandatory.  You must, therefore, schedule your returning transportation so that you can attend the full class on Sunday.
    An ASHA requirement to complete the program is documentation of a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of clinical observation of (an) ASHA-certified speech language pathologist(s) (SLP)(s).  If you have completed these hours, you must bring a copy of the documentation with you to the Orientation Weekend.  DO NOT submit your original copy.  Keep the original for yourself and submit a copy.  Appropriate documentation is either a letter verifying completion of a minimum of 25 hours of observation, complete with the name, signature, date of signature, statement re: time period of when the observations were completed, and ASHA certification number of the person verifying completion OR a log of all completed observations, signed by each ASHA-certified SLP observed, with the ASHA certification number of each SLP observed.  Letters are to be on letterhead or some sort of official documentation.  There is NOT a standard form for logging hours.  You can create your own, following the guidelines above.
    You will be receiving information from Castle Branch.  This is the company used by the College of Health Care Sciences (CHCS) and the Health Professions Division (HPD) to manage requisite immunizations, physical examination, and background checks.  These requirements must be met before matriculation, or shortly thereafter.  Since some immunizations involve a series of inoculations over time (e.g., Hepatitis B), you will want to begin as soon as possible.  All questions regarding immunizations, physical examination, and background checks are to be directed to the Coordinator of Student Affairs of CHCS, Ms. Heidi Jameson at (954) 262-1087.
    The contact person for the Orientation Weekend and the Portfolio (we will discuss this during the weekend) is: Mrs. Brenda Miles.

Once again, congratulations and welcome. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Steven P. Vertz M.S., CCC-SLP
Associate Director and Instructor
(954) 262-7735

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