WCU MSLP Student Gets Hands-On Learning From Online Program

As a mother and a speech-language pathology assistant, Camille knew that pursuing a master’s degree would be a significant commitment of time and effort. 

But, when she heard about West Coast University’s online Master of Speech-Language Pathology program, she decided it would fit her needs and her schedule perfectly.  

“The best thing about this program is that it is truly student-centered,” she said. “I’m a mom of three, I work, I do lots of things. But I’ve been able to manage my time to be part of the program, interact with my peers, but still do all the work.”  

An Orange County native, Camille was already familiar with West Coast University thanks to a strong family connection: Her mom works for the school as a simulation lab manager and her brother is a proud WCU nursing alumnus.  

“I also had several friends that went through different programs,” she said. “So, I’ve always heard such great things about all of the programs, and I figured speech-language pathology would be great.”  

For Camille, a benefit to the online program was the unique opportunity to receive hands-on training. She participated in a weekend immersive experience where she met her classmates and got to put what she learned to practice.  

“You get to see the materials, you get to work in groups, which is so great because that peer insight is so important,” she shared.   

Camille encouraged others who are considering an online SLP program to take the time to find the right school — and then to take the leap.  

“Don’t be afraid of it being online,” she shared. “Immersive class events really allow you to have that connection with your group and your professors. I think every experience is what you make it and, so far, this program has been great for me.”  

The Master’s of Speech Language Pathology (M.S.L.P.) education program in speech-language pathology distance education program at West Coast University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years. 

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