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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Speech and Hearing Sciences Degree Program

Speech and Hearing Sciences Degree Program

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) prepares future generations of speech-language pathologists for medical, educational, and other careers. Students learn about speech, language, and communication problems in conditions such as autism, motor speech disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and central auditory processing disorder. Graduate students also receive hands-on clinical experience at an on-campus training facility that serves as a health care option in the community.

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is located at the WSU Spokane campus within the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, offering a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences in speech-language pathology. A post-baccalaureate program also is offered. The department has a cooperative agreement with Eastern Washington University to share faculty and resources; this program will conclude in summer 2023, at which point the department will have a stand-alone program. Washington State University students enroll through, and receive their degrees from, WSU.

A welcome from the Chair



Join an educational environment that helps you succeed


While in the program, students have opportunities to work with well-known scholars and master clinicians on current research and clinical innovations. Low faculty-student ratios also ensure individual attention, close supervision, academic innovation, and excellence.  Students also have access to state-of-the-art equipment, enabling them to experience cutting-edge applications in clinic and laboratory technology.

Train with specialized clinicians

Students will have the opportunity to train in the interdisciplinary Autism and Neurodevelopmental Program of Excellence in the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The program addresses the needs of children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders through comprehensive evaluation and clinical services, treatment planning, and family support.

Dr. Nalini Gupta and a medical professional from Range Community Clinic working with a child



The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology {residential} at Washington State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The Master of Science (M.S.) program is also recognized at the state level by the Washington State Board of Education.

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Laura DiFilippo
Laura DiFilippo
Program Administration and Operations

Kelsey Meyer
Kelsey Meyer
Academic Coordinator/Advisor