Speech Pathology (SPP) Overview

Why Study Speech Pathology at NSC

The ability to communicate lies at the heart of being human. Speech-language pathologists work across the full spectrum of human communication by evaluating, diagnosing, and treating speech, language, and cognitive-communication disorders in their clients.

Your courses and lab work in the program will teach you to:

  • Help students learn to say speech sounds correctly
  • Assist students to develop proper control of the vocal and respiratory systems to correct voice production
  • Assist students who stutter to increase their fluency
  • Help children improve grammar, vocabulary, conversation, and story-telling skills
  • Assist students with aphasia to improve comprehension of speech
  • Assist students with severe communication disorders
  • Help students and their families understand the disorders


A degree in speech pathology from NSC will prepare you for a wide variety of careers options and settings. Speech-language pathologists work in public and private schools, hospitals, community clinics, private practices, and colleges and universities.

Employment of speech-language pathologists is expected to grow 11 percent from 2006 to 2016, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the members of the baby boom generation continue to age, the possibility of neurological disorders and associated speech, language, and swallowing impairments increases. Medical advances also are improving the survival rate of premature infants and trauma and stroke victims, who then need assessment and sometimes treatment.

Employment in educational services will increase with the growth in elementary and secondary school enrollments, including enrollment of special education students. Federal law guarantees special education and related services to all eligible children with disabilities. Greater awareness of the importance of early identification and diagnosis of speech and language disorders in young children will also increase employment.

In health care facilities, restrictions on reimbursement for therapy services may limit the growth of speech-language pathologist jobs in the near term. However, the long-run demand for therapists should continue to rise as growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function spurs demand for therapy services.

The number of speech-language pathologists in private practice will rise because of the increasing use of contract services by hospitals, schools, and nursing care facilities.

Interesting Classes

  • Articulation Disorders
  • Neurology and Speech Pathology
  • Communication and Language Disorders in Children
  • Methods of Clinical Management

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Beth Meyerowitz is a Lecturer of Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Education. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for almost 30 years and specializes in preschool speech and language. She has worked in rehabilitation hospitals, acute care facilities, private and public schools, University clinics, Arizona Department of Education and in private practice. Dr. Meyerowitz is a member of American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Where Alumni Work

Here are some of the places where NSC grads in Speech Pathology work:

  • Clark County School District
  • Nye County School District

Degree Details (Student Tools)