Medical Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Certificate

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College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :CRT
Department : Communication Sciences and Disorders Option : N/A
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This certificate program has been temporarily suspended effective Summer 2016. 

The UCF Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Graduate Certificate in Medical Speech-Language Pathology is designed to prepare speech language pathologists and students currently enrolled in the CSD program with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and treat individuals with medically-related communication disorders.


Current UCF CSD graduate students: 12 credit hours total (3 courses selected from the list below). Students currently enrolled in the UCF Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program are required to take 9 credit hours in addition to SPA 6565 Feeding and Swallowing, which is required to fulfill the regular degree requirements.

Certificate only, for speech language pathologists (professionals): 12 credit hours (4 courses to be selected from the list below). SPA 6565 Feeding and Swallowing Disorders is a required course toward this certificate if the student has not previously taken a course in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders at the graduate level. All courses toward the Medical Speech-Language Pathology Certificate program should be selected in consultation with the Master's Program Coordinator and medical certificate faculty adviser, Dr. Bari Ruddy. 

Total Credit Hours Required:
12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

Complete four of the following six courses:

  • SPA 6245 Communication Disorders in Cleft Palate-Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6417 Cognitive/Communication Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6565 Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6453 Management of Cognitive Communication Disorders in Traumatic Brain Injury (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6432 Issues in Autism (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6569 Management of Upper Airway and Aerodigestive Disorders (3 credit hours)


  • Courses from a previous graduate degree program or certificate program cannot be applied toward the completion of the Certificate in Medical Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Current students in UCF's Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program may only apply SPA 6565 Feeding and Swallowing Disorders toward both the Medical Speech-Language Pathology Certificate and the master's degree in communication sciences and disorders. Nine credit hours will need to be taken in addition to the regular master's program course requirements. 

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a master's degree in speech-language pathology from a regionally accredited institution and UCF graduate students currently enrolled in the Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.