IUP Speech-Language Pathology Vision and Mission

Vision

The IUP Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program aspires to:

  • Provide quality academic training that emphasizes evidence-based content using pedagogies that allow for synthesis and application of knowledge in a supportive environment

  • Teach students to value, critically appraise, and judiciously implement the best examples of current clinical research to continually update their practice paradigm

  • Foster a mindset of collaboration through interprofessional and clinical experiences that involve the community, clients, and families

  • Develop sensitivity to cultural, linguistic, and individual diversity

  • Serve as a community resource for individuals with communication, swallowing, and/or hearing disorders and their families

  • Contribute to the knowledge base of the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science program in speech-language pathology and audiology is to provide an innovative and high-quality academic program that prepares students to enter graduate programs in speech-language pathology, audiology, or other professions, with a strong foundation in human communication, swallowing, and hearing.

The mission of the Master of Science program in speech-language pathology is to provide excellent academic, professional, and clinical preparation which reflects the art and science of our discipline. Graduates will be prepared to engage in interprofessional collaboration to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by communication, swallowing, and hearing disorders.

Graduates of both programs will be lifelong learners who fulfill the university goals of becoming critical thinkers and effective communicators. They will demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors that adhere to the high standards of contemporary practice in a culturally diverse and global society.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of typical development as well as disorders of communication and swallowing.
  2. Manage clinical cases by applying principles of prevention, assessment, intervention, and evidence-based practice, and by analyzing data to make appropriate clinical decisions.
  3. Collaborate and communicate effectively with a diverse range of clients, families, supervisors, and other healthcare professionals both orally and in writing.
  4. Understand and demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in clinical practice.