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Gannon University-Erie Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology receives Accreditation Candidacy Status

Published: 08/28/2023

Robert H. Morosky Academic Center

Robert H. Morosky Academic Center

The Gannon University-Erie Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program has received candidacy status by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, effective June 12, 2023, for a period of five years.

As a result, Gannon is now officially enrolling students into this emerging program for Fall 2024. The program is designed for students to participate in a collaborative, experiential and integrative course of study and develop skills that prepare them for the highest standards of the scope of practice in speech-language pathology. 

Candidacy is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA and is awarded to developing or emerging programs that meet all institutional and programmatic eligibility requirements. Candidacy status allows students enrolled in newly established education programs to be eligible to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology upon graduation without penalizing the first class of students graduating from those programs.

The Erie program joins Gannon’s Ruskin, Fla. Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program in its candidacy, which was received in 2020.

Mary McDermott, assistant professor of speech-language pathology at Gannon, expressed her sentiments on the news.

“We are pleased to receive Candidacy status for this master’s program which completes Gannon’s vision for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a degree in speech-language pathology. This program joins the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences as we continue to empower students in interdisciplinary collaboration and service to our Erie community.”

For more information visit Erie’s speech-language pathology program page.

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