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Dec. 8, 2014

Speech Pathology program ranks in top 10 in U.S.

By Nicole Drake

Cleveland State University is among the top 10 schools in the nation for students pursuing a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, according to GraduatePrograms.com.

Myrita S. Wilhite has worked at Cleveland State for 17 years as an audiologist and more recently as director of the speech and hearing program. The program meets the requirements for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as State of Ohio licensure as a speech-language pathologist under the direction of Wilhite.

“I am so pleased by the recent national ranking,” Wilhite said. “I honestly feel that while we have been in transition over the past few years with a steady change in faculty and staff, that we currently have the finest group of professionals working in our program at this time.”

CSUThe Cleveland State Speech and Hearing Program was first accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1975. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

The program also offers academic and clinical education to undergraduate and graduate students. This includes student-training opportunities at hospitals, clinics and schools throughout Northeast Ohio.
Wilhite said the Pathology program is staffed with competent, caring individuals who understand the value of teamwork.

In 2015, Cleveland State will have a new location for the Speech and Hearing Program, currently located in the Main Classroom Building, as well as the Speech and Hearing Clinic. These two departments will merge into the new Center for Innovations and Health Professions. This is the most exciting change looking ahead to the future of the program that has continued to grow over the past 39 years, according to Wilhite.

“We have a fully functioning, comprehensive Speech and Hearing Clinic where people of all ages from the community with communication disorders are evaluated and treated,” Wilhite said. “Graduate clinicians typically provide services under the supervision of seasoned, licensed and certified professionals — our clinic offers day-time, evening, and Saturday appointments.”

Wilhite said the Pathology program is constantly looking for new ways to engage the students.
“Six faculty and staff members and 10 graduate students completed a service learning project in Barbados in the spring of 2014,” she said. “We are planning other new and exciting ventures for our students in the months and years to come.”