NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Iona College is proud to announce that this spring, its Master of Arts (MA) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) has received full accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The announcement aligns with Iona's continued investment into its health sciences programs including Speech Communication Studies and Occupational Therapy.
"We are proud of our Speech Communication Studies program and the accreditation in the CSD master's program," said Provost Darrell Wheeler, Ph.D., MPH, ACSW. "Iona offers a high-quality program that prepares students for jobs in the in-demand speech professions, and is very much in line with our Catholic mission of using one’s education in pursuit of helping others."
"The accreditation of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program is a proud moment for all," said Dorothy Leone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, '04, associate professor and coordinator of Iona's CSD Graduate Program. "We are so grateful for all the support we received during the process and we look forward to the program’s bright future."
"Our CAA accreditation is the proud result of the hard work and dedication of our exceptional faculty, staff, administration and students," added Jennifer Gerometta, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, associate professor and chair of Speech Communication Studies. "Meeting the high standards of our accrediting body underscores the quality of our phenomenal graduate program."
Iona College's master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree and appropriate prerequisite coursework. It is a 58-credit program that provides aspiring professionals with a firm understanding of the normal processes of speech, language and hearing; the competence to diagnose and treat the full range of communicative disorders in all age groups; and the opportunity to practice in a wide variety of clinical settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, special treatment centers and private practice. The CSD degree is a professional program that emphasizes the knowledge and skills requisite to practice speech-language pathology in an effective, ethical and inclusive manner. Additionally, this program prepares students for application for professional credentialing in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's degree programs in speech-language pathology. The CAA serves the public by promoting excellence in the graduate education of audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Through a peer review process, the CAA establishes accreditation standards and facilitates continuous quality improvement of the programs it accredits. Graduates of CAA-accredited and candidate programs are educated in a core set of skills and knowledge required for entry into independent professional practice. The CAA is committed to quality and dedicated to audiology and speech-language pathology programs’ success in preparing future professionals.
For more information on Iona College's Speech Communication Studies program and its MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders, visit www.iona.edu.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona's LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide.