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Gannon Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Receives Accreditation Candidacy Status

Published: 03/26/2020

Gannon University, Ruskin Campus

Gannon University, Ruskin Campus

The Gannon University-Ruskin, Fla. 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 Feb. 1, 2020 for a period of five years.

As a result, Gannon is now officially enrolling students into this emerging program for Fall 2020. 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.

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

"We are very pleased and proud to receive candidacy status from the CAA for Gannon's inaugural program in speech-language pathology,” she said. “The teamwork and support we received to reach this status shows Gannon's profound commitment to be a leader in the field of communication sciences and disorders. We are excited to enroll our first cohort as they join the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences and embrace this new vision for the future of health care."

For more information visit the speech-language pathology program page