Our Speech-Language Pathology Degree Programs

Available:
Undergraduate Program
Online Program

Next Start Date: 
January 10, 2022 (All Programs)

The Speech-Language Pathology degree provides an engaging learning environment characterized by academic education and clinical experiences. Academic coursework will provide a foundation for understanding human communication and communication disorders. Clinical experiences will focus on describing speech and language characteristics and implementing speech and language therapy.

Students who complete either the clinical or non-clinical track will have the necessary prerequisites to apply to an accredited Master's degree program. Completion of the SLP program at Columbia College does not guarantee acceptance into a Master's degree program.

Clinical observations and two semesters of clinical practicum are required to complete the clinical track. This requires some availability during normal business hours (M-F 7 am-6 pm) (the equivalent of approximately 16 working hours per week). If this is not possible, students can complete the BA in SLP through the non-clinical track.

What is Speech-Language Pathology? 
Hear it from the professionals or attend one of our Virtual Open House or SLP Day events.

Highlights

  • SLP-As work under the direct supervision of a licensed certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).
  • Students are provided with hands-on experiences through clinical observations and clinical practicum and learn how to screen patients with speech, language, and hearing impairments and implement treatment plans developed by licensed/certified SLPs. 
  • High job placement rate—92%
  • 85% acceptance rate for graduates who applied to graduate programs over the past three years. 
  • Students received the 2019 SCICU Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Award
  • On-campus or online delivery of coursework

I feel very prepared for graduate school and working due to the opportunity to earn 116 hours of direct therapy with clients of various abilities.

Abigail Tempel '19

After Graduation

Licensure

Completion of the clinical track will prepare you for a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-A) license in South Carolina. Our clinical track includes the prerequisites necessary to apply to an accredited graduate program. You will need to obtain an advanced degree in Speech-Language Pathology to become a licensed, certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Our coursework will fully prepare you to take the next step in the process.

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Career Opportunities

Speech-Language Pathologist was ranked by US News and World Report (2020) as #6 in Best Healthcare Jobs and #8 in 100 Best Jobs.

Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2018 to 2028 (Bureau of Labor Statistics), much faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be more instances of health conditions that can cause speech, language, and/or swallowing impairments, such as strokes or dementia.

Speech-Language Pathologists
Median Pay (Master’s degree): $77,510
Job Outlook 2018-2028: Projecting 27% growth 

Job Placements

Recent graduates employed by:

  • All on Board Speech, LLC, Columbia, SC
  • Lighthouse Therapeutics, LLC, Lugoff, SC
  • Palmetto Early Beginnings, LLC, Columbia, SC
  • Children’s Chatter, LLC, Chapin, SC
  • Therapy Solutions, LLC, Aiken, SC
  • SpeakEasy Therapy Factory Speech-Language & Swallowing Services, LLC, Blythewood, SC

Acceptance into Graduate Programs

Our 2020 BA clinical track graduates who applied to graduate programs had a 100% acceptance rate and were accepted to the following graduate programs:

  • University of Central Florida
  • University of South Carolina
  • Jacksonville University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Baylor University
  • Francis Marion University

Our 2019 graduates who applied to graduate programs had an 85% acceptance and were accepted to the following graduate programs:

  • University of South Carolina
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Francis Marion University
  • Loyola University of Maryland
  • Emerson College

The professors challenged me to perform beyond what I thought I was capable of and now I am graduating and trying to decide between two job offers.

Latarsha Russell '19

Speech-Language Pathology Areas of Study

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Speech-Language Pathology degree course requirements are identical for undergraduate and online program students. Learn about the classes we offer and areas you can focus on when you study Speech-Language Pathology. 

Social

Instagram: @ccslpprogram

Facebook: SLP Facebook Group

Awards & Achievements

To provide a broad understanding of the nature, prevention, and treatment of communication disorders we ensure that you will receive the best training and classroom experience to prepare you for practical application in the field.

Through a variety of experiences and academic coursework, you will be prepared to serve a culturally diverse society in various employment settings.

Awards and Achievements

Bethany Stokes,  2021 SCSHA Jennifer Mungo Student of the Year and 2021 Columbia College Student Activities Senior Leader of the Year

Kayla Graham, 2021 SCSHA Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Scholarship Recipient

Jill Eversmann, MS, CCC-SLP, 2021 SCSHA Frank R. Kleffner Clinical Career Award Recipient

AnnMarie C. Knight, PhD, CCC-SLP, 2021 Columbia College Student Organization Advisor of the Year

Abigail Tempel, 2020 South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association Jennifer Mungo Student of the Year Award Recipient

Alexis Lawton 2019, South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Scholarship Recipient

Abigail Tempel and Dr. AnnMarie C. Knight, 2019 SCICU Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Program Award
Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience Education in Speech-Language Pathology: Opinions of Practicing Clinicians

Bethany Stokes and Dr. AnnMarie C. Knight,  2019 SCICU Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Program Award
Improving Communication Between Hospitality Service Personnel and Persons with Aphasia: A Pilot Study 

Faculty-Mentored Research

2020 ASHA Convention, San Diego, CA (cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • Stokes, B., Knight, A.M., & Keator, L. (2020). Improving communication between hospitality service personnel and persons with aphasia: A pilot study. ASHA National Convention (poster), San Diego, CA, Nov. 2020.
2019 ASHA Convention, Orlando, FL, Nov 20-24
  • Knight, AM, Sendler, B, Lawton, A, Comeau, C, & Barrineau, M (2019).  Enhancing the undergraduate experience through experiential learning.  Seminar, ASHA Convention, Orlando, FL, Nov 2019.
  • Knight, AM, Basilakos, A, Tempel, A, Guardino, K, & Barrineau, M (2019). Neuro (neuroanatomy & neuroscience) education in speech-language pathology.  Seminar,ASHA Convention, Orlando, FL, Nov 2019.
2019 Southern Regional Honors Conference, Memphis, TN, March 2019
  • Tempel, A. & Knight, A.M. (2019). Neuroscience Education in Speech-Language Pathology.  What Does it Look Like? Southern Regional Honors Conference (poster). March, Memphis, TN.
2019 SCSHA Convention, Greenville, FL Feb 2-9
  • Knight, A.M., Lawton, A., Comeau, C., & Sendler, B. (2019) Experiential Learning, Evidence-Based Practice, and Undergraduate Education in Speech-Language Pathology (poster). South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association. February, Greenville, NC.
  • Knight, A.M., Basilakos, A., Guardino, K., & Tempel, A. (2019). Neuroscience Education in Speech-Language Pathology.  What Does it Look Like? (poster).  South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association. February, Greenville, NC. 
  • Knight, A.M., Prescott, B., Russell, L., & Guardino, K. (2019).  Talkin’ Tots: A Smartphone Application for Parent Education (poster).  South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association. February, Greenville, NC.
2018 ASHA Convention, Boston, MA, Nov
  • Comeau, C., Lawton, A., & Knight, A.M. (2018).  Experiential Learning in Undergraduate Speech Pathology Education: Language and Literacy in an Elementary School (poster).  American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.  November, Boston, MA.
  • Sendler, B. & Knight, A.M. (2018). Experiential Learning in Undergraduate Speech Pathology Education: Cognitive Stimulation Activities for Adults with Dementia (poster).  American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.  November, Boston, MA.
Honors Program Students:
  • Bailey Sendler, graduated 2019
  • Abigail Tempel
  • Rachel Gillette
  • Rebecca Eubanks
  • Rachell Hargelrode
  • Mary Cate Baker

Faculty/Instructors

AnnMarie C. Knight, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Program Chair
BA, University of South Florida; MA and PhD, University of Florida
Areas of expertise: Adult dysphagia, acquired neurogenic disorders, scholarship of teaching and learning

Jill Eversmann, MS, CCC-SLP
Academic and Clinical Faculty
BA, James Madison University, MS, Towson University
Areas of expertise: sign language, language development, children with hearing loss, early intervention

Kerrie Allen Ammons, PhD, M.C.D., CCC-SLP '96
Adjunct Professor
BA, Columbia College; MCD and PhD, University of South Carolina
Areas of expertise: Language disorders, literacy development

Brittany N. Brown, MA, CCC-SLP, NBCT
Adjunct Academic Faculty
BA, Speech-Language Pathology, Columbia College;
MA, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, South Carolina State University
Areas of expertise: Autism, assistive technology, alternative augmentative communication 

Ellie Cooper, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Adjunct Professor
BS, University of Arkansas, MS, Fontbonne University, Current Doctoral Student University of South Carolina
Areas of expertise: hearing loss, aural (re)habilitation, listening and spoken language

Laurel E. Hafner, MSP
Adjunct Academic Faculty
BA and MSP, University of South Carolina
Areas of expertise: Elementary education, early childhood development, early intervention

Stephen B. Kneece, MA, CCC-SLP
Adjunct Academic Faculty
BA, University of South Carolina, MA, South Carolina State University
Areas of expertise: augmentative and alternative communication

Srikanta Mishra, PhD, CCC-A
BS, University of Calcutta, MS, University of Mysore, PhD, University of Southampton
Areas of expertise: pediatric audiology

Elisabeth A. Mlawski, PhD, CCC-SLP
Adjunct Academic Faculty
BA, Ohio State University; MS, Northern Arizona University; PhD, Seton Hall University
Areas of expertise: pediatric language development and disorders, diagnostics, clinical supervision

Julie Porth Smith, MCD, CCC-SLP
Adjunct Academic/Clinical Faculty
BA, Columbia College; MCD, University of South Carolina
Areas of expertise: Autism, assistive technology, alternative augmentative communication, early language development

Leah Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Adjunct Academic Faculty
BS, The Pennsylvania State University; MS, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of expertise: adult dysphagia, MBSS and FEES, acquired neurogenic disorders, traumatic brain injury, critical care

Erica Taylor, MS, CCC-SLP
Adjunct Academic Faculty
BA, Wake Forest University; MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of expertise: Dysphagia, diagnostics, laryngology, head and neck cancer/total laryngectomy, alaryngeal speech

Julie K. Tworzyanski, MSP, CCC-SLP
Adjunct Clinical Educator
BA, Columbia College, MSP, University of South Carolina
Areas of expertise: early intervention, early language development, articulation disorders