Published on August 23, 2019 by Sara Roman  
Speech Language Pathology

Samford University’s School of Health Professions has received full accreditation for its Master of Science in speech language pathology program from Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The program received full accreditation for five years, which is the maximum length of time for initial full accreditation. Of particular distinction, the program was found to be in full compliance with all accreditation standards.

The speech language pathology program, housed within the school’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, seeks to prepare highly qualified speech language pathologist with the skills, compassion and motivation to make a difference in their community. The program currently has 37 students and is in its fourth year.

“This accomplishment is a true testament of the hard work, perseverance and a distinct dedication to excellence that is realized in the faculty, staff and students of our speech language pathology program,” said Alan Jung, professor and School of Health Professions dean.

The program is one of only two private speech language pathology programs in the state. It offers a unique faith-based academic course work that is founded on School of Health Profession’s theme verse 1 Peter 4:10, encouraging students to utilize their gifts and talents to serve others.

 “We are thrilled to have reached this milestone,” said Margaret Johnson, professor and communication sciences and disorders chair. “We will continue to reach for excellence and produce speech language pathologists who are prepared to impact the lives of many people in truly meaningful ways.”

Admission into the two-year program is competitive. Prospective students are invited to join the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for an open house Sept. 13 or Nov. 8.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.