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October 4, 2012

ULM Speech-Language Pathology graduates earn perfect scores; surpass national average

Students in the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Speech-Language Pathology masters degree program earned their second consecutive 100 percent passage rate on the spring 2012 Praxis exit exam.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the national passage rate for first time test-takers is 80 percent.

“Strong passage rates reflect the quality of the program,” said Dr. Johanna Boult, assistant professor and head of SLP

 “They are one measure of the readiness of students to practice in the field of speech-language pathology.” 

Passage of the Praxis exam means students are eligible to apply for both state licensure and national certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“Students go on to practice locally and throughout the country, serving clients in need of communication and swallowing services in both schools and hospitals,” said Boult.

ULM’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

The department also facilitates the Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center, which serves individuals with deficits in the areas of articulation, language, voice, fluency, swallowing, and hearing

The center is housed on the first floor of Sugar Hall on the ULM campus.

Designed as a state-of-the art facility, the Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center serves clients of all ages in either the Speech-Language Pathology Clinic or the Audiology Clinic.

Enhanced by individual observation rooms for each therapy room, a large group therapy room, a research lab, and a student clinical preparation room, the speech-language pathology tradition of excellence in service and student education was established at ULM more than 40 years ago.

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