Department of Communication Disorders receives continuing accreditation

The graduate program in speech-language pathology in the Department of Communication Disorders has been awarded continuing accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

As of Feb. 22, the CAA voted to re-accredit the program for a period of eight years beginning Dec. 1, 2013 and continuing through Nov. 20, 2021.  The program was originally accredited in 1992.

Dr. Karen McNealy, chair of the Department of Communication Disorders, said accreditation was awarded as a result of an on-site visit from last fall and would not have been possible without the continued support of Marshall University and, specifically, the College of Health Professions.

“We are very grateful for the dedicated faculty within our department and the college administration,” McNealy said. “We have been re-accredited for a full eight years which is the maximum number of years for any speech-language pathology program. This is considered a national distinction and we are quite proud of that.”

McNealy said receiving continuing accreditation ensures the success of students within the Department of Communication Disorders.

“In order for students to practice in their field they must graduate from an accredited institution to obtain licensing and certification,” McNealy said. “Graduates of our program are employed as speech-language pathologists across the U.S.”

Dr. Michael W. Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions, said he commends his colleagues for their commitment to this program.

“As demonstrated by the efforts to receive program accreditation, we can see continuous improvement for health professions education at Marshall University,” Prewitt said.

Currently, the Department of Communication Disorders is home to the Speech and Hearing Center, the Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Program, The Luke Lee Listening, Language and Learning Lab, The Oshel Parent Education Program and the Stuttering Clinic.

For more information on the  Department of Communication Disorders, visit online.