As the age of the general United States population continues to increase, so does the demand for qualified speech-language pathologists who can assess, diagnose and treat disorders such as aphasia — the loss of speech that often follows a stroke.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 27 percent increase in the number of vacant speech-language pathology jobs, resulting in an estimated 119,250 openings by 2012.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences (TTUHSC) Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program is making great strides in producing future speech-language pathologists, also known as speech therapists.
U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences’ (TTUHSC) Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program in the top quartile (60 out of 315) of speech-language pathology programs in the nation. The program is ranked No. 3 of 17 Texas programs, behind the University of Texas at Austin and UT Dallas.
“This ranking reflects not only the superior quality of our Speech-Language Pathology program, but the visibility of our students and faculty at a state and national level,” said Sherry Sancibrian, CCC-SLP, program director, Speech-Language Pathology.
Recent graduates from the TTUHSC Speech-Language Pathology program also achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on state licensure and national certification examination. The SLP Program has achieved 100 percent first-time pass rate in the last three consecutive years. Sancibrian added,
“The national average for first-time pass rate ranges from 75 to 78 percent, so I’m very proud that our students so far exceeded the national average for three years in a row.”