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Speech and Hearing Sciences

Help Improve Lives

Prepare for your future as a speech-language pathologist or scientist as you learn how we hear, speak, swallow, and communicate. Gain the skills to deliver personalized and compassionate evidence-based care to individuals across the lifespan as well as identify communication disorders and provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Learn about speech, language, and communication problems in conditions such as:

  • Speech sound disorders
  • Pediatric language disorders and delays
  • Language and literacy
  • Motor speech and neuromuscular disorders
  • Voice disorders and paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Speech, language, and cognitive problems resulting from brain injury, stroke, or neuromuscular disabilities
  • Dysphagia (swallowing)
  • Accent modification 
  • Gender-affirming voice and communication

Community-Based Clinical Experience

Partnerships with local clinics and advocacy groups provide a unique opportunity for students to gain clinical training in multidisciplinary teams and to learn through integrated experiences involving mentoring, advocacy, and clinical training.

Graduate students also receive hands-on clinical experience at an on-campus training facility that serves as a health care option in the community.

Why WSU Speech and Hearing Sciences?

Innovative Research

Work with well-known scholars on innovative research that spans both basic and translational research. Students also have access to state-of-the-art equipment, enabling them to experience cutting-edge applications in clinic and laboratory technology.

Clinical Expertise

Train with master clinicians in onsite and community-based clinical settings. Low faculty-student ratios also ensure individual attention, close supervision, academic innovation, and excellence. 

Interprofessional Learning Environment

Interprofessional, clinical, and classroom experiences are cornerstones of our curriculum. As a department embedded within a school of medicine, interdisciplinary learning is not only possible but integral to your education.

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Our Degree Programs

Earn a degree and build a strong foundation in speech science, language development, and audiology.

Additional Certifications

Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certification

ESA certification for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Washington is separate from ASHA CCC certification and is required by the state for employment in a public school setting. There are two levels of ESA certification: Initial and Continuing. Consult with Dana Algeo-Nichols for additional information at or 509-368-6587.

Get to Know Us

  • Located on WSU Spokane campus
  • Curriculum and research address the physiological, neurological, and behavioral dimensions of normal and disordered communication across the lifespan
  • State-of-the-art equipment for clinical experiences, practicums, and research

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. When you choose to study speech and hearing sciences at WSU, you become part of a diverse, inclusive, and academically rigorous community of dedicated scholars, teachers, and students. The department values diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our student and faculty populations and when advocating for and providing services to clientele.

The department’s position within the WSU College of Medicine gives our program a global reach with a focus on impacting our local communities. Our involvement with programs such as the Stephens County Mentorship and Outreach program and the Hearing Oral Program of Excellence School allows our students to learn more about the unique needs of populations who experience varying barriers to health care while working with other disciplines. Our program also offers our students an opportunity to work and learn with other health care professionals.

We are especially excited about our Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Program of Excellence, which gives students access to cutting-edge clinical experiences and research opportunities as well as delivering services and support for a population in great need. In fall 2023, we also launched a new on-campus clinic to provide evidence-based assessment and treatment and give our students new opportunities to grow professionally while serving our community.

The WSU Spokane campus is an excellent place to learn and grow as a future speech and hearing professional. Our campus has all the advantages of a major research university while maintaining a small campus sense of community and belonging. Through our active student organizations and vibrant Student Diversity Center, you’ll find a place to belong at WSU Spokane. If you ask our students, they’ll say that they value our supportive faculty, interdisciplinary collaboration, opportunities for student involvement, and campus-wide support for their future success.

When you venture off our campus on the banks of the Spokane River, you’ll find Spokane has a lot to offer. As the second largest city in Washington state, Spokane is the hub of the largest metro area between Seattle and Minneapolis – St. Paul. Spokane is home to a vibrant arts community, a thriving restaurant scene, and outstanding outdoor recreation activities.

Amy Meredith, PhD
Chair and Clinical Professor


Faculty expertise spans neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders affecting communication. We study and treat complex disorders such as autism, childhood apraxia of speech, speech neurophysiology, childhood deafness, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, translating research from the lab to the clinic to the community.

See the faculty experts page for more on our faculty research strengths.


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National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

Speech and Hearing Sciences students take the lead in community outreach efforts as members of our local chapter of NSSLHA, the pre-professional student organization affiliated with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA provides students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with opportunities for engaging in educational experiences outside of their coursework. Membership in NSSLHA guides preparation for entering the disciplines of audiology and speech-language pathology.

Led by a faculty advisor, NSSLHA offers community panel-based educational sessions known as “Ed Nights”, open to all students on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus, which address a variety of topics related to communication disorders and various health conditions. These sessions are supported by participating interdisciplinary healthcare professionals sharing their experiences in clinical practice. As part of their philanthropy efforts supporting the community, NSSLHA holds fundraisers to support organizations serving individuals with communication disorders across the lifespan. NSSLHA has donated funds to organizations such as the HOPE School, the Stuttering Foundation of America, the Isaac Foundation, the Northwest Autism Center, Vanessa Beehan Crisis Nursery, Ogden Hall, and many other community partners.

Alumni and Giving

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is proud of the students who have graduated from our academic programs. We want to hear from our alumni, and in turn, want our alumni to know what is happening with us in Spokane and beyond.

Our alumni and friends are invaluable as we strive to redefine education. Gifts to assist our students are always appreciated. Please consider a gift to make a difference for future generations. Gifts support student scholarships and financial aid, student travel expenses to attend professional conferences for presentations and networking, student and faculty research, the purchase of new equipment for laboratories, and recruitment and retention of faculty.


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

It also is recognized at the state level by the Washington State Board of Education. The program provides the basis for certification in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the certificate of clinical competence, and for state licensure.