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Master of Speech and Language Pathology

Course Description

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology is a graduate-entry professional qualification to practice as a speech language pathologist/therapist. Students generally have a background in science, linguistics, engineering, psychology, education, or health sciences and this programme provides an opportunity to enter the speech-language profession.
In the MSLP, students study the areas of clinical linguistics, evidence-based practice, introductory neuroscience, speech and language development and disorders across the lifespan, typical and atypical hearing, swallowing, fluency and voice, and professional (clinical) practice.
This hands-on programme includes experiential clinical practice.

Qualification specific requirements
Candidates must have completed any Bachelor's degree or Master's degree (other than a degree specialising in speech and language therapy/pathology), with minimum of a B average.
In addition you must have passed one course in each of the following:
*Anatomy and Physiology

If one or two pre-requisites have not been met in prior study, students may take the 'missing' courses in their first year
Entry into Part 1 of the Master of Speech and Language Pathology is limited to a maximum of 20 students annually.

Qualification structure and duration
Students must pass courses with a total of 240 points from Part 1 and Part 2.
The Master of Speech and Language Pathology must be completed in two years full-time or up to four years part-time.

Subjects and courses
Students cannot progress to Part 2 until Part 1 has been completed.
Part 1
*CMDS661 Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition
*CMDS662 Fluency Disorders
*CMDS663 Introduction to Audiologic Assessment & Management
*CDMS664 Professional Studies & Clinical Practice 1
*CMDS665 Speech & Language Disorders in Children
*CMDS666 Voice Disorders
*CMDS667 Neuroscience of Communication & Swallowing
*CMDS668 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice 2 (Includes Oct – Jan Clinic)

Part 2
*CMDS669 Dysphagia & Related Disorders - Diagnosis
*CMDS670 Aphasia & Related Disorders
*CMDS671 Applied Research & Clinical Practice 3
*CMDS672 Spoken and Written Language Disorders in Educational Settings
*CMDS673 Motor Speech Disorders
*CMDS674 Dysphagia & Related Disorders - Management
*CMDS675 Complex Communication Disorders
*CMDS676 Professional Studies & Clinical Practice 4

Entry Requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

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