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New Mexico Speech Language Pathology Schools - NM

By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer

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Speech-language pathologists perform valuable services for those with communication disorders, whether the problem originates from birth, is seen later in development, or is the result of illness or injury. New Mexico has the highest concentration of Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States, with a total of 1060 licensed speech-language pathologists (2008 estimate). These professionals also earn a higher salary than the national average. In Albuquerque, the going rate is $81,000 per year. Speech-language pathologists in Las Cruces earn $83,000 annually. In Santa Fe, such professionals expect to earn $85,000 per year. Licensed pathologists in Los Alamos earn $101,000 per year. These salaries are much higher than the average national salary for speech and language pathologists, which is $66,000 annually.

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Education for Speech and Language Pathologists in New Mexico

Those who wish to become licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of New Mexico must receive their Master's or Doctoral degree in a speech/language/communications-related field. This program can take from three to six years total, and admission to such a program usually requires prior coursework or a Bachelor's degree in a speech/language/communications-related field. Both brick-and-mortar schools and online institutions provide programs in Speech-Language Pathology.  All successful careers begin with either online or campus based speech pathology schools in New Mexico.

A Clinical Practicum is also completed while still a student, usually for a minimum of 375 hours. This fulfills degree requirements and also the ASHA's requirement to receive a CCC. It is also a requirement to become licensed in New Mexico.

A year-long clinical fellowship, usually full-time and under the supervision of a professional who already holds a CCC, is also required.

Passing the national Praxis II exam is the next step to becoming a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in New Mexico.  You should be well-prepared to pass this exam after receiving your graduate degree and your CCC.

Once licensed, 20 clock hours of Continuing Education must be reported with your renewal every two years.

Through campus or online programs, aspiring Speech Pathologists in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and Roswell, New Mexico 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 St. Vincent Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Memorial Medical Center.

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