There's a growing need for speech and language services. With more young children and seniors in need of services, the demand for speech-language pathologists is great.
Mercy College's Graduate Communication Disorders (CD) program is a premier Master of Science program in the metropolitan New York area. The 57-credit program fosters ethical, competent, autonomous practice. It will prepare you for New York State licensure and for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) national certification in speech-language pathology.
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Students with a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisite courses can apply directly to the MS degree program
Students with a bachelor's degree in another field must take seven prerequisite courses as a foundation for graduate study
Students without a bachelor's degree can apply for a BS in CD which includes prerequisites or pre-professional CD training
Generally, full-time students complete the program in two years and two summers, and up to five years for part-time students.
For more information about the required prerequisites for the Communication Disorder program please download the Prerequisite Completion Form.
"Receiving my Graduate degree in Communication Disorders under the support of an outstanding team of Professionals at Mercy College has provided me with the experience and confidence to pursue a career in Speech and Language Pathology."
Adriene Flynn, '08 Hutchinson Elementary, Pelham, NY
Students who complete the Master of Science in Communication Disorders aspire to be speech-language pathologists and NYS Education Department Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD). (Note: This certification requires 12 additional credits in education coursework, workshop attendance in education, and completion of a student teaching experience.)
"I was very pleased with all services provided. The problems we had were addressed efficiently. I highly recommend the Mercy College speech pathology program to other friends in need."
Mercy Speech and Hearing Center Client 2008
Frequently Asked Questions
What career options are available in communication disorders?
Schools, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, private practice, health care agencies, and college/university settings. Our students have a 100% success rate in finding employment upon graduation. A free brochure entitled Careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology containing additional information about the profession is available from ASHA
What are the requirements for the professions of speech-language pathology?
A graduate degree in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, communication science and disorders or speech and hearing sciences. The degree includes academic coursework and clinical practicum, and culminates in eligibility for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA.) Most states, including New York, require licensure as well to practice as a speech-language pathologist.
Can I pursue a career/graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology as a change of career?
Yes. If you have a bachelor's degree, you may qualify for entrance into the Communication Disorders graduate program. Seven prerequisite courses must have been completed in the last ten years or are in the process of being completed during the spring semester of the application process:
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
Speech and Hearing Science
Introduction to Communication Disorders (Speech Pathology I)
Introduction to Audiology
Normal Speech and Language Development
Language Science (Intro to Linguistics)
*These two additional courses may be taken for undergraduate credit during the first year of graduate study.
The prerequisite courses can be completed in one year as a full-time daytime student. No entrance exams are required
Can I apply to the graduate program and take the required undergraduate prerequisite courses once I am accepted to the graduate program?
Students must have completed the required undergraduate prerequisite courses by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission to the graduate program.
Do you admit students to the graduate program in the spring?
No. Fall only.
Is the graduate program in Communication Disorders at Mercy College a fully accredited program?
Please see accreditation section above.
What is the clinical component of the graduate program?
It includes both in-house and externship practicum experiences in over 150 metropolitan area facilities. Students evaluate and treat people of varying ages and cultural/linguistic backgrounds who display a variety of communication disorders including articulation, phonology, oral motor, voice, fluency, hearing, and language disorders.
A total of 375 direct contact hours is required by ASHA for certification (a maximum of 50 hours can be accrued on the undergraduate level). The first, in-house practicum takes place in the Mercy College Speech and Hearing Center, where students are supervised by faculty and supervisory staff who are NYS licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Clinical externships are completed in a college-affiliated site in the New York metropolitan area, including New York City, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The age and disorder of the population that is served varies from site to site.
What do I have to do to apply to the Communication Disorders (CD) Graduate program?
Students must excel at the undergraduate level overall with a GPA of 3.2 or a 3.2 in the last two years; and in the seven pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a 3.20 GPA.
To ensure currency/relevancy, all CD major or prerequisite coursework must have been completed within 10 years of application.
How do I apply to the Communication Disorders (CD) Graduate program?
Apply online. Fill out the application and follow the instructions. You will need to send an official undergraduate transcript, a written statement which is no more than two type-written pages, the Pre-Requisite Completion form and a resume. Two letters of recommendation are required. Both letters of recommendation can be from professors in the Department of Communication Disorders or one letter can be from a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and one can be from an undergraduate clinical supervisor (who supervised you planning for, implementing and documenting speech/language therapy services). In addition to a letter, recommenders need to complete the “Recommender Form”. Download the
Recommender Form. Recommendation forms and letters will not be accepted online. They must be mailed to Mercy College, Student Services Support Center, 2651 Strang Boulevard, Yorktown Heights, NY, 10598.
Applications will not be processed by the department of Communication Disorders if any requirements are missing. The deadline for admission is February 15th.
Is the GRE required for admission to the graduate program?
No. The GRE is not required for admission to the graduate program.
Where can I find information about the New York City teacher scholarship program?
Go to www.teachnycprograms.net, click on the link for "scholarship program", and then click "speech language pathology".
Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the Communication Disorders Graduate program?
The 57-credit Master of Science degree curriculum includes coursework in both academic and clinical areas: speech and swallowing disorders, language disorders, literacy, audiology, neuroanatomy, diagnostics, speech and hearing science, research methods, Master's project and clinical practicum experiences (at the on-site Speech and Hearing Center and through externship experiences). Forty-five credits of the program are required courses, six credits are clinical practicum experiences, and six credits are taken in elective coursework.
For the Communication Disorders Program Strategic Plan click here.
"The graduate program for Communication Disorders was definitely challenging at times but it has also prepared us for the real world."
Lisa Ciarlo '08 Westchester Center for Speech Disorders, Mt. Kisco, NY
Joan Toglia, PhD
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"The faculty and students are extremely supportive and the courses are enlightening. These past two years have truly been one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of my life."
Stefanie DaCosta, '08 Speech and Communication Professionals, Amawalk, NY
Mercy has some of the area's top communication disorder facilities. These include:
An on-site Speech and Hearing Center
A speech and hearing science laboratory
An audiology suite
A hearing aid dispensary servicing children and adult clients from the community.
"Excellent! We have already recommended the service to friends."
Mercy Speech and Hearing Center Client 2009
The graduate program in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Mercy College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Program recently received re-accreditation until 2016.
The mission of the pre-requisite program is to provide you with the foundation you need to enter a graduate level program in speech pathology.
An introduction to a variety of academic, scientific and clinical methods in the evaluation, treatment and prevention of speech-language disorders.
All students from all fields of study are welcome.
Our faculty is comprised of doctoral and master's level speech language pathologists and audiologists with various specializations, providing Mercy students with first rate and well-rounded instruction.
Students who earn the 21 credits in the pre-requisite program are eligible to apply to the MS degree program. An MS degree is mandatory for entry level into the field. For more information about the pre-requisite program in Communication Disorders click here.