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 prerequisite program in Communication Disorders please download and read.
A student will be classified as a matriculant when admitted to the CD Program. Students may attend the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Students accepted as part-time can change to full-time status after one year with permission from the Program Director. All students must fulfill a full-time residency requirement of one semester that may be fulfilled during the summer. Students must complete all degree requirements within five years from the time of acceptance. A maximum of six transfer graduate credits comparable to graduate courses offered at Mercy College will be accepted. Request for transfer credit must be made at the time of application. Once matriculated, all graduate courses and clinical hours must be completed at Mercy College.
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).
The program has adopted a list of Essential Functions that outlines the necessary communication, motor, intellectual/cognitive, and behavioral/social attributes deemed necessary for program completion and clinical practice within the field. Students are expected to review this list and sign a form stating that they are or are not capable of performing the skills and abilities listed.
Communication Disorders Strategic Plan for 2014-17
Please note: The Communication Disorders Graduate Program strategic plan is based on analysis of the internal and external environments and may need to be revised as the College modifies its strategic plan and institutional goals.
The graduate program in Communication Disorders is accredited in Speech-language Pathology by the Council for Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Graduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy College may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the graduate degree. Transfer credit is limited to six credits taken within the last five years in which the student has received a grade of B or above. Transfer courses taken prior to admission will not be computed in the quality point average.