Accreditation, Certification, Licensure
Is the COMSC Program accredited?
The Health Sciences curriculum meets the educational standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Faculty members holding the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology awarded by ASHA bring to students their academic, research and clinical expertise in their chosen specialties. Faculty members engaged in clinical supervision must maintain ASHA certification and New York state licensing credentials in Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology.
For general information about the professions of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, or the requirements for ASHA Professional Certification to practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist, contact the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (301) 897-5700. ASHA has introductory information packets about these professions available on request.
What is "professional licensure"?
Every state has its own laws regulating how professionals work called licensure or registration. These statutes are invoked to protect its citizens and professionals must meet specific requirements when applying to work in any state. Working without a license usually constitutes a violation of law with some type of penalty.
What is certification?
Professional organizations often choose to set a national standard of practice to which every member is held. Speech-language pathologists may apply for ASHA certification as it is a voluntary, nationally recognized credential. Because certification is voluntary, there are no penalties for professionals who do not obtain it.
When I graduate, will I get a license and certification?
After successfully completing the requirements to earn a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology, you will be able to look for a job and then apply for a license in the state in which you work and ASHA certification. Before ASHA and the state give your certification and license, you must first pass the PRAXIS examination and complete a 9-month post-graduate clinical fellowship year (CFY).
What are the COMSC program's statistics?
We report to the CAA the following information each year about our program:
Praxis Score Pass Rates per Academic Year
'10 - 100%
'11 - 100%
'12 - 100%
Retention of students per Academic Year
'10 - 1 individual who entered the program did not graduate (class of 43 students)
'11 - 1 individual who entered the program did not graduate (class of 37 students)
'12 - all individuals who entered the program graduated (class of 25 students)
Employment Rates per Academic Year
'10 - 100% (surveyed August following June '10 graduation)
'11 - 96% (surveyed August following June '11 graduation)
'12 - survey results will be announced for the June '12 graduation employment