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Arkansas Speech Language Pathology Schools - AR

Education for Speech-Language Pathologists Arkansas

The Council on Academic Accreditation in audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) provides accreditation for colleges and universities that offer education in this field. Arkansas has a number of undergraduate and post-graduate education programs. Note that a master’s degree and certification by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) are mandatories in the state of Arkansas.

Undergraduate degrees, such as a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders (BS CMD), offer curriculum such as anatomy and physiology, oral communication, psychology, anatomy and psychology of speech, phonetics, physical science, and speech and hearing screening.

Depending upon the college or university, a master of communication disorders degree requires at least 36 to 49 academic credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree. Additional hours for a clinical practicum are mandatory.

Typical graduate level courses offered by speech pathology schools in Arkansas include instrumentation, intervention and research in communication disorders, voice disorders, swallowing, augmentative and alternative communication, language and learning disorders, advanced audiology, motor speech, neurogenic language and associated cognitive disorders and language intervention for infants and toddlers.  Some institutions require a three-hour graduate course in statistics as well.

Students should plan to take a clinical practicum and the Praxis examination. The Praxis Examination in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology are part of the requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and for licensure in the state of Arkansas. It is also a requirement for teacher certification. Students should complete post-graduate courses and their clinical practicum before taking the Praxis examination. Additional information can be found at:

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Through campus or online programs, aspiring Speech Pathologists in Little Rock, Fayetteville and Jonesboro, Arkansas may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Baptist Medical Center and Arkansas Children's Hospital.

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