Division of the Sciences
Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
To inquire about this program:
Dr. Ann Jablon | 212-774-0725 | E-mail
Marymount Manhattan College offers a strong liberal arts program combined with the major in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology). The degree offered is a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. Students are exposed to a wide variety of courses in the liberal arts and sciences as well as a rigorous sequence of courses in the field. This combination provides students with a strong foundation and a rich academic experience.
In addition, MMC offers practical experience at the undergraduate level. This major can also lead to provisional certification as a teacher, when taken in conjunction with education courses.
Why choose this field? There is a growing demand for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Of the nearly ten million Americans, one out of every twenty people suffers from a communication disorder. Many speech-language pathologists or audiologists work in schools, hospitals, research laboratories, corporations, rehabilitation centers, clinics, government agencies or have their own private practice. The profession offers challenging and satisfying career and job opportunities with competitive starting salaries. You can have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped people with speech, language, or hearing impairments to live fuller, happier lives.
The MMC Advantage
Marymount Manhattan College is superbly qualified to launch your career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Audiologist, or language/hearing researcher. The program's strength lies in its course work and the extraordinary resources of New York City. Students are able to observe the evaluation and treatment of children and adults at the college and in a wide variety of clinical settings throughout the New York metropolitan area. Students begin their practical experience by observing and assisting in MMC’s Ruth Smadbeck Communication and Learning Center. The Center moved to a new, state-of-the-art facility in October 2003.
Field placements also provide for hands-on experience under the supervision of licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Thus, the MMC program combines theoretical understanding with practical experience for the undergraduate student.
Learning Goals for the Major in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Upon completion of the major in speech-language pathology and audiology, students will be able to:
- Understand professional issues and exhibit professional behavior and the pragmatic, social, and interpersonal skills needed in the field.
- Understand cultural differences, which includes the awareness of the range of normal, different, and disordered functions of the communicative system in cultural contexts.
- Write and speak effectively at the professional level and demonstrate a high degree of scientific literacy.
- Integrate ideas and think critically.
- Devise and research topics, employing state of the art technology.
Classes are small and are conveniently scheduled between 1pm and 7pm. You have the opportunity to interact with faculty and fellow students, both in and out of the classroom. You can share ideas and concerns and make close friendships in your years at MMC. You become part of a close-knit group of faculty and students. Whatever your interests and needs, our faculty are willing to spend the time to advise and help you tailor your studies to meet your academic and career objectives.
The National Student Speech, Language & Hearing Association (NSSLHA), an organization dedicated to the development of speech pathologists, audiologists and communication educators, is a national network whose goals are to give those entering the field practical experience. The members are exposed to professionals who, through conventions, lectures, field trips, and meetings, enhance their knowledge of various professions associated with the study of speech, language and hearing.
The local MMC Chapter NSSLHA provides additional educational enrichment to the students in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major.
Speech-Language Pathologists are committed to helping children and adults with a wide range of communication disorders such as stuttering, delayed language development, aphasia, voice and articulation problems. For example, you might help individuals who are unable to speak by using new computer applications, which are among the most exciting research advances in the field.
Audiologists specialize in assessment and rehabilitation of hearing disorders. You might assess an infant or child's hearing to rule out a hearing loss, or you might recommend and provide a client with a hearing aid after performing many sophisticated hearing tests.
With the strong preparation at MMC in both the liberal arts and sciences and the major area of study, our students are qualified to continue their professional training at prestigious graduate programs, such as Teachers College at Columbia University, New York University, Queens College and Hunter College.
Ruth Smadbeck Communication and Learning Center
The Ruth Smadbeck Communication and Learning Center is a training site for speech pathology and audiology students enrolled in the undergraduate program of the Marymount Manhattan College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since its inception in the 1970’s, it has grown to a state of the art facility including professional treatment offices, closed television circuitry observation facilities, and a speech research laboratory. The clinic also serves the greater NY community in providing preventative habilitative & rehabilitative services for children and adults with a variety of commuications disorders.
Students who are majoring in CSD are capable of observing professional training sessions and providing service to clients under the supervision of licensed staff. At the culmination of their studies, the students may obtain certification as teachers of the speech and language disabled, and continue for graduate degrees in slp.
What experiences in speech pathology are offered in the clinic?
Students will be able to learn diagnostic testing and treatment techniques in a wide range of pediatric and adult communication disorders. These include: language and phonological delay, language based learning disabilities, voice disorders, fluency disorders, aphasia and speech correction. Clients are referred from throughout the metropolitan area and represent all age groups. Students are closely supervised in client related activities as part of a two semester capstone course prior to graduation and certification.
Marymount offers one of the few undergraduate CSD majors in the NY metropolitan region. The ability to major at an undergraduate level provides a career path for preprofessional training to enter the NYC Department of Education, and affords a rigorous preparation for graduate school. In some cases, scholarship money is available for qualified students. All Marymount students receive the advantage of small class size and close working relationships with instructors. Faculty in the clinic and the department hold doctoral level degrees and maintain a fulltime association with Marymount and the department.
Margaret T. Kamowski, ‘01
Margaret graduated from Marymount Manhattan in 2001 as a Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major. She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center, and she is certified through the American Speech and Hearing Association as a speech language pathologist. She is the newest faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at MMC.
“After graduating from Marymount Manhattan in 2001 as a Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major, I applied to the CUNY Graduate Center to pursue a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I received my masters of Philosophy in Speech and Hearing Sciences in May 2004 my doctorate in 2008. I think that the support and encouragement I had from my professors throughout my studies at Marymount and even after I graduated have helped me get to where I am today (and have brought me back to teach there!)"
Directed Study Research
Speech & Hearing Science
Normal Language Development
Speech-Language Pathology I and II
ASL I and II
Introduction to Communication Disorders
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms