Speech Language Pathology


incoming grad class


The mission (strategic plan pdf) of the Northeastern State University Speech-Language Pathology Program is two-fold:

  • To provide pre-professional undergraduate education leading to a Bachelor of Science as a prerequisite for admission to a master's degree program in communication disorders
  • To provide graduate education leading to a Master of Science with the academic and clinical practicum experience necessary to meet requirements for:
    • The Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    • A license in speech-language pathology from Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
    • The Oklahoma State Department of Education Standard Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology

Why NSU?

  • The NSU Speech-Language Pathology Program was again one of only two Oklahoma SLP programs named one of the Best Accredited SLP Master’s Programs in the United States.
  • All NSU SLP courses are taught by licensed and certified speech pathologists and audiologists. That is very important. Courses in some other programs are taught by individuals who have never practiced speech pathology because they are not speech pathologists.
  • We have an Accelerated Degree Plan that allows students to complete the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in five total years, instead of the usual six!
  • NSU created a Health Professions campus in Muskogee to increase opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration, in line with reports published by the World Health Organization1 and the Institute of Medicine2. Agreeing that “health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team,” NSU’s Health Professions degree programs are working towards the development of a shared interprofessional clinic on the Muskogee campus.
  • The NSU SLP Program is a cohort program in that all SLP students travel through the program together – taking the same courses at the same time, following the RoadMap. This has several advantages. The instructors know what course each student has already completed, allowing the content of each course to build on the content of the previous courses. Cohorts contribute to the strength of the relationships among the students. Each cohort becomes close knit and strongly supports one another.
  • The NSU SLP faculty strives to build professionalism in our students. Academic and clinical strength are incredibly important, but these skills must grow and develop within attitudes and behaviors that reflect professional maturity. This emphasis on professionalism is built into every Program endeavor – and it begins at Orientation!

1 World Health Organization. Vol. 769. Geneva: World Health Organization; 1988. Learning Together to Work Together for Health. Report of a WHO study group on multiprofessional education for health personnel: the team approach. Technical Report Series; pp. 1–72.

2 Institute of Medicine Committee on the Health Professions Education Summit. Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality. In: Greiner AC, Knebel E, editors. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 2003.


Accreditation:  The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Northeastern State University (NSU) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, or veteran status in its programs and activities. These protections extend to employment with and admission to NSU, as well as, participant in university sponsored programs. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Compliance Coordinator (Title IX Coordinator)

Office of Student Conduct and Development
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Degree Programs

Courses Offered at NSU Muskogee Campus

2400 West Shawnee St., Muskogee, OK 74401
Phone: 918-444-3775
Fax: 918-458-9605

Email: slp@nsuok.edu

The Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700..


State Licensure Requirements

Completion of the Northeastern State University (NSU) Master of Science (M.S.) Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) degree program does not guarantee employment in the speech-language pathology profession.  Students are responsible for confirming all education, certification, and other licensing requirements prior to enrollment as the requirements vary state to state.  The NSU SLP graduate degree program is designed to meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and accreditation requirements and may not meet licensing requirements for all states.  Please check with the appropriate state licensing board where you wish to work for more information regarding accurate, up-to-date requirements.

For contact information for licensing boards, you may reference the ASHA website at https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/.

Speech Language Pathology Student Handbook