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Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology Degree at Nova Southeastern University

Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology Degree at Nova Southeastern University
August 11, 2003

Historical Perspective:
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is an independent, nonsectarian, nonprofit university charted by the state of Florida in 1964. NSU is located in South Florida in one of the largest and most culturally diverse counties within the state. NSU is currently ranked the 16th largest private university in the country.

From its inception, the university has been distinguished by its innovative outlook, its unique educational programs that provide traditional and non-traditional choices, and its multidisciplinary research aimed at solving problems of immediate concern to mankind. The university's centers and programs share a common mission, to prepare students to assume leadership roles in a variety of professions.

The SLP.D. program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) represents an innovative, practical, and realistic approach to professional doctoral studies. The program was initiated in 1996 as the first distance education delivery program for doctoral candidates.

Program Philosophy, Purpose and Goals:

The philosophy for development of the program was based on the identified needs of the working professional, including; being able to access an "earned" doctoral degree within their profession, at a time and place convenient for the student.

The program purpose is to improve the lives of patients and families by augmenting the professional and leadership skills of speech-language professionals. Additionally, the program was developed to improve the quality of service within the profession of speech-language.

The program goals are to improve the speech-language pathology professional in areas of clinical practice, research, knowledge, problem-solving, leadership, and perspective.

The Cohort Concept:

Each cohort is a group of 8 to 15 speech-language pathology professionals who live and work in a variety of settings and begin the program at the same time. The cohort is intended to serve both administrative and educational purposes. Each cohort operates under the direction of a cohort facilitator who coordinates administrative details and cohort activities and serves to support students through consistent and ongoing contact.

Formal instruction takes place during weekend seminars, on campus, at a variety of distance sites, or via a home-based distance option. Students participate in faculty-directed independent reading and writing assignments between class meetings. All instruction is delivered via live electronic communication and technologies into the distance students' homes.

Related Courses

Treatment Approach Considerations for School-Aged Children with Speech Sound Disorders
Presented by Kathryn Cabbage, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course: #9472Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course will address the theoretical underpinnings and research base related to differential diagnosis and treatment of articulation and phonological deficits in children with speech sound disorders. Special considerations for how to tailor evaluation and intervention to meet the needs of school-age children will be discussed.

The Ripple Effect of Stuttering: A Community-Based Approach
Presented by Craig Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, ASHA Fellow, Mary Weidner, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course: #9217Level: Intermediate2 Hours
This is Part 2 of a four-part series. The stuttering experience has a ripple effect that extends far beyond the child who stutters. Parents, teachers, peers, and others must possess both knowledge and skills to best support children who stutter. This course will highlight new clinical tools and resources to provide a community-based treatment approach for stuttering. (Part 1 - Course 9278, Part 3 - Course 9301, Part 4 - Course 9304)

Behavioral Frameworks for Dementia Management
Presented by Mary Beth Mason, PhD, CCC-SLP, Robert W. Serianni, MS, CCC-SLP, FNAP
Course: #9473Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course will focus on cognitive-communication intervention strategies for various dementia presentations and will provide a review of evidence-based treatment. Behavioral frameworks along with their rationales will be introduced and applied across several dementia types and mild, moderate and severe levels of impairment.

20Q: Infection Control Strategies for SLPs
Presented by A.U. Bankaitis Smith, PhD
Course: #9729Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Speech-language pathologists are expected by policy authorities to apply appropriate measures to protect patients, co-workers and themselves in clinical situations that may expose individuals to infectious microbes. This article provides practical guidelines for implementing infection control principles within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including discussion of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfecting and cleaning products.

Thickened Liquids in Clinical Practice: The Plot “Thickens”
Presented by Angela Mansolillo, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Course: #10497Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Clinicians who utilize thickened liquids in their clinical practice are aware of their benefits, but what about the risks and contraindications? Advantages and disadvantages of thickened liquids are reviewed in this course with a focus on clinical outcomes, including impacts on medication administration, lung health, and hydration. Product types are evaluated to facilitate appropriate choices for individual clients.

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