NYMC > School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP) > SHSP Academics > Degrees > M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (S.L.P.) > Message from the Department Chair

Message from the Department Chair

Kate Franklin

Greeting from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at New York Medical College!

We are glad you took the time to look at the program and we are happy to share with you what we believe are our strengths. 

Housed in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, the Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers a medically oriented program in Speech-Language Pathology, designed to prepare graduates to pursue a career in a health care setting. Graduates may choose to pursue employment in other clinical settings; our curriculum prepares students to work in all professional settings.

What Sets Us Apart from Other Programs?

Academic Program: Located in an academic health center environment, the program draws on unique academic and clinical resources of the university to teach the skills required of speech-language pathologists as they fill an expanding role health care settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and skilled nursing facilities.  The academic program has a well-designed sequence of courses to provide students with the foundational information needed to excel in subsequent clinical course.  Unique to our program are the following activities:

  • Course in Gross Anatomy taught by medical school faculty;
  • Course in Neuroscience to prepare students for clinical coursework related to neurological conditions;
  • Course in Speech Science with emphasis on teaching clinical instrumentation;
  • Two courses in swallowing disorders; one focused on adults and one focused on the pediatric population. Within these courses, students are provided with experience in completing the Videoflouroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) and complete the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP);
  • Students complete a comprehensive series of required clinical courses. View the program’s curriculum at (insert link to curriculum) to learn of our educational offerings;
  • Students complete a one-day course in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Students complete the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD Training
  • Ongoing Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities with Department of Physical Therapy
  • Opportunity for Overseas Clinical Experience

Clinical Program: The first two semesters of clinical work occur in the department’s on-site clinic, Boston Children’s Health Physicians Division of Speech-Language Pathology.  You can find more information about our on-campus clinic. The program offers three external rotation opportunities that occur during the final three semesters of the program and include:

External Practicum: Healthcare Setting (e.g., acute care hospital, acute, subacute, or long-term rehabilitation facility, pediatric inpatient facility, outpatient medical setting, etc.)

External Practicum: Modules for Medical Competencies  This experience is designed for students to achieve a variety of medically-based SLP competencies through a series of modular rotations  in health care settings.  These include experiences in adult and pediatric dysphagia, trachs/vents/critical care, AAC in medical settings, audiology and inpatient behavioral health. 

External Practicum: School-based Setting (e.g., preschool, elementary, secondary schools)

We believe that effective and ethical clinical practice in based on critical analysis of scientific and clinical evidence.  Our goal is to provide the clinical reasoning skills to meet the needs of individuals whose communication or swallowing deficit is part of a more complex congenital, developmental, medical disorder or traumatic injury. 

Enjoy exploring what we have to offer!