Speech Pathology Programs in District of Columbia - Washington, DC
By an allied health world contributing writer
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This hot spot of political activity and high profile residents draws educated professionals from every field, including speech language pathologists. Government employers and contracts give the Washington DC area a strong job market. It is one of the highest paying areas in the country with the average salary for a speech language pathologist at $74,250.
How to Become a Speech Language Pathologist in Washington, DC
To become a Speech Language Pathologist in Washington, DC, one needs a graduate degree from an accredited program, including 375 hours of supervised clinical experience; a passing score on a national exam, and a supervised clinical fellowship, and a license.
The first step is to earn a bachelor’s of science degree. While some universities offer a degree in speech-language pathology, many undergraduates earn a variety of degrees, but a strong science background is recommended. For acceptance into an undergraduate degree, look at the admissions standards for that specific school. Most will require a completed admissions form, payment of an application fee, an official high school transcript showing grade point average and class rank, ACT or SAT scores, letters of recommendation, and an admissions essay.It is important to find the right online or campus based Washington, DC speech language pathology graduate programs. It is advisable to find a program that is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Candidates who graduate from a Masters degree can pass the national exam and receive a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) by ASHA. This is the professional credential for speech language pathologists and is recognized throughout the nation.Many professionals continue their education and earn a PhD in Communications Sciences specializing in Child Language Disorders or Specializing in Adult Neurological Disorders.