The Strengths of Our Program


We are very successful in producing alums who are prepared to launch their careers in the modern workplace.  Our alums are very competitive in the entry-level job market.  That outcome is directly connected to our high expectations on clinical competence, professionalism, critical thinking, independence in making high-stakes decisions about the course of care for individuals presenting with communication disorders, and real-world job skills.  In addition to teaching students about speech-language pathology, we groom them for on-the-job success.  Along the way to graduation, we do our best to provide a safe, positive, and enjoyable “UVA learning experience.”  

Our learning experiences, our projects, quizzes, and exams all center on practical hands-on, real-world clinical cases, decisions, and actions.  You will observe (a lot) and you will practice (a lot).  All students work closely with one another in observations and assessments under the guidance of our Clinical Instructors. 

In our clinic, you are no longer titled, identified, or treated as a student.  In our clinic, you are an Associate Clinician.  Our clinical learning experiences are all about your growth as a professional, a clinician, and as an independent decision maker.  We approach clinical instruction as two adults (Associate Clinician and Clinical Instructor) sharing the responsibility of providing best-practice to our clients.  Our expectations are high and achievable.

Our Track II curriculum, for individuals with an undergraduate degree in something other than communication disorders, is a very important, central, and integrated aspect of our Program.  Each year, approximately half of an incoming class consists of Track II students.

Importantly, we are a relatively small program.  Faculty members know each of our students very well.  Students get to know us very well.  We are a close knit and supportive community.  Furthermore, all faculty members are highly skilled mentors, teachers, researchers, and clinicians.

Our pass rate on the Praxis Exam has been 100% for many years.  Furthermore, our grads practice in entry-level positions in school and medically-based settings.

But the very best aspect of our Program is our students.  Our students are highly motivated, goal focused, mature, responsible, innovative, and dedicated in their pursuit of a clinical career.  We all work hard together and we have some fun along the way to graduation.