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April 10, 2013

ULM Speech-Language Pathology students earn perfect scores and surpass national average

Students in the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Speech-Language Pathology master’s degree program earned a third consecutive 100 percent passage rate on the spring 2013 Praxis exit exam.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the national passage rate for first time test-takers is approximately 86 percent.

“A third consecutive year with 100 percent passage rates indicates the consistent quality of the master's program,” said Dr. Johanna Boult, assistant professor and head of SLP.

“Our students continue to prove themselves at a rate well beyond the national average.”

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 practice locally and throughout the country, serving clients in need of communication in both schools and hospitals,” said Boult.

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

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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