SLP Accreditation Status & Outcomes

At Misericordia, we pride ourselves on the quality of our academic programs and the success of our students. In essence, we base our success on the success of not only our current students, but the success of alumni, as well.

SLP Accreditation Status

SLP Accreditation Status

Accreditation is a voluntary process that professional programs in communication sciences and disorders (not individual people) undergo to ensure that their academic and clinical curricula meet the minimum standards of quality as delineated by a governing board. The governing board for speech-language pathology and audiology programs is the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA), a semiautonomous body of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Accreditation is a "seal of approval" by the CAA that the professional program in question provides a quality education to prospective students.

As part of the requirements for earning the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), a speech-language pathologist must obtain his or her education at a college or university professional program that has been accredited by the CAA. For new programs, the first step in the accreditation process is candidacy. Candidacy can be considered a probationary period during which the new program must come to compliance with all accreditation standards. Once all accreditation standards are met, the program is then awarded accreditation. Upon earning accreditation, professional programs must continue to meet all accreditation standards or run the risk of being placed on probation, or worse yet, lose accreditation altogether. If a student attends a professional program and graduates from that program while it is in candidacy, he or she is still eligible for the CCC, even if the program does not earn full accreditation after the student graduates.

The master of science program in Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University 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.

If you have additional questions about Misericordia University's ASHA accreditation status, please contact the Accreditation Department at ASHA at 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Student Outcome Data

Student Outcome Data


2018 33 3 0 92
2017 31 0 0 100
2016 37 0 0 100
3 year average 33.66 1 0 97.12


  # of students % employed
2018 36 100
2017 31 100
2016 37 100
3 year average 34.66 100


Program Data

2018 36 0 100.00
2017 31 0 100.00
2016 37 0 100.00
3 year average 34.66 0 100.00

SLP Strategic Plan 2019-2020

SLP Strategic Plan 2019-2020

The faculty and staff in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology are committed to pursuing excellence by continually monitoring, assessing, and improving the academic and clinical components of the training program. Through a department-wide process, faculty and staff within the SLP department established the following set of long-term strategic planning goals and objectives. Components of the current plan were developed to provide the SLP department with a focus that is in congruence with the university’s stated mission and values, as well as the academic and clinical training goals of the program, and are intended to reflect the role of the SLP Program within the community. Ongoing review, assessment, and revision of the long-term strategic plan will take place, as needed.

I. Long-term program goal
1. Ongoing Program Review
The SLP department continually assesses, reviews, and updates the academic and clinical components of the program as it endeavors to provide every student with the highest quality education through a rigorous and demanding learning experience. The result of this ongoing self- study is the identification of important issues that require further examination over the course of an academic year. The SLP department continues to increase efforts to ensure that student clinicians have opportunities to work with diverse populations as part of their internal practicum placements. This effort has enhanced Misericordia’s role within the community.

II. Specific Measurable Objectives
a) The SLP department will continue to actively pursue various methods for marketing clinical services and seminars to the community in an effort to increase the number and diversity of the type of clients that student clinicians are able to work with as part of their internal practicum placements.

III. Strategies for Attainment
a) Clinical service offerings and seminars will be marketed to the community through a variety of methods including the following:
a. Direct mailings to potential referral sources (physicians, daycare facilities, retirement communities, and school districts with diverse populations (e.g., Hazleton Area School District).
b. Newspaper stories and interviews with faculty and clinical staff.
c. College of Health Science Recruitment Fair
d. SLP Department Open Houses
e. Senior Expo
f. Speaker Series
b) Expand the scope of services offered through the Speech-Language and Hearing Center to attract a more diverse client population, such as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) users and individuals with sensory-motor integration disorders.
c) Explore inter-departmental (PT, OT) referral to diversify the clinical population as well as Interprofessional Education.

IV. Schedule of Analysis
a) Ongoing

V. Mechanism for Regular Evaluation
a) Monitor referral sources for clients who contact and/or enroll in the Speech-Language and Hearing Center.
b) Monitor Speech-Language and Hearing Center diverse population utilization through the SLP department’s Share Point software.

VI. Progress in Meeting Objectives
a) Speech and language services are being provided to culturally diverse clients through a joint program with Hazleton Area School District’s Office of Special Education Early Intervention Program, Wyoming Valley Children's Association, New Story school, and the Senior Expo.
b) Outreach efforts have resulted in an increase in the number and diversity of clients receiving services in the Speech-Language and Hearing Center.
c) The Speech-Language and Hearing Center is serving a greater number of clients who have language problems because of strokes and autism. Also, clients who have fluency disorders, voice problems, sensory motor disorders, as well as individuals who use AAC devices are now seen more at our Center.
d) Free speech-language and hearing screenings are now being offered to students, faculty, and staff at the university as well as members of the community.

I. Long-term program goal 2.
Updating Resources
The program is very dependent on equipment and materials for instruction and clinical service delivery. It is important that instrumentation and clinical materials be updated regularly to reflect current best-practice standards. It is essential that faculty, staff, and students receive on-line HIPAA training to remain in compliance with current health care policies. In addition, the SLP department has recently moved to a new facility complete with wireless capabilities that houses the entire Speech-Language Pathology Department as well as other departments and conference rooms. The new facility includes the SharePoint Networking System, a SLP classroom, faculty and staff offices, a student resource room, sensory motor gymnasium, several SLP research laboratories including a Speech-Science Lab, a Fluency Lab, an AAC Lab (i.e., assistive technology), Language Lab, Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table, and a Cognitive Science Lab. The new facility also includes our in-house state-of-the-art Speech-Language and Hearing Center. Our new clinic has a cutting-edge video-capture system to digitally record all clinical sessions for live and play-back analysis by students and supervisors; however, the SLP department believes in continuously updating resources.

II. Specific Measurable Objectives
a) Conduct an internal resource-assessment for the SLP department each semester.
b) Conduct an annual review of inventory and clinic materials to determine the need for new/updated instrumentation, clinical tests, programs, and tools.
c) Obtain external grant funding.
d) Implement a records management and data documentation system.

III. Strategies for Attainment
a) Solicit input from SLP department members, students, and faculty/staff in specialized areas (Speech-Language and Hearing Center, Speech Science, office support, etc.) to determine specific equipment needs.
b) Develop a formal mechanism for recommending equipment and materials throughout the academic year.
c) Devote time at the SLP department retreat to review, propose, and prioritize short- and long-term equipment and material needs for the SLP department.
d) Identify a member of the SLP department to maintain a prioritized list of equipment and material needs.
e) Investigate alternative funding sources (e.g., grants, donations) for new equipment.
f) Provide on-line HIPAA training for faculty, staff, and students.
g) Implement the SharePoint Network System for use by all faculty, staff, and students to complete all necessary clinical documentation and to enhance departmental collaboration.
h) Implement a data document system so that all clinical and academic records and files will be available in electronic format.

IV. Schedule of Analysis
a) August 2019: Complete SLP Departmental Resource Needs Survey.
b) August 2019: discuss short- and long-term equipment and material needs at the fall SLP department retreat.
c) September 2019 and January 2020, the SLP Department Administrative Assistant will conduct equipment and inventory updates.
d) October 2019: Continue scanning clinical and academic documents into an electronic database.
e) Explore alternative funding mechanisms through Misericordia’s Office of Grants and Sponsored Research as well as through the Office of Government, Corporate, and Foundation Relations.

V. Mechanism for Regular Evaluation
a) Regular review at Department-wide meetings.

VI. Progress in Meeting Objectives
a) August 2019: discussed short- and long-term equipment and material needs at the fall departmental retreat. More testing material was requested by the Clinical Director. The SLP department will purchase these materials in fall 2019.
b) The SLP Department Chair has already met with both Grant offices and submitted six grants to fund additional equipment and materials. All six grants were funded.

The Long-Range Strategic Plan for the Program will be formally reviewed and reassessed by faculty and staff in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology during the SLP department retreat. The plan and the results of the regular evaluation of the plan and its implementation is shared with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other interested parties.

Last Revised: August 25, 2019

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