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Master of Speech-Language Pathology

Through the development of skills, knowledge, and values, an online MSLP degree helps prepare our students to pursue autonomous practice as a speech-language pathologist.

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Master of Speech-Language Pathology Program Highlights

<p>Innovative online curriculum that incorporates synchronous and asynchronous learning</p>

Innovative online curriculum that incorporates synchronous and asynchronous learning

<p>Participate in<strong> virtual hands-on skills labs</strong> to help you develop critical thinking and application skills</p>

Participate in virtual hands-on skills labs to help you develop critical thinking and application skills

<p>Two <strong>on-campus clinical intensive experiences </strong>for experiential learning</p>

Two on-campus clinical intensive experiences for experiential learning

<p>Get real-life experience through <strong>clinical hours</strong> with an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist</p>

Get real-life experience through clinical hours with an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist

<p><strong>Financial aid and scholarships </strong>available for those who qualify</p>

Financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

<p>Get career support<strong> beyond graduation</strong></p>

Get career support beyond graduation

Why Pursue a Master of Speech-Language Pathology?

Speech-language pathologists treat and prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. It’s a rewarding healthcare field where you can work with patients to improve their quality of life.

The online Master of Speech-Language Pathology program is designed for students who want to pursue autonomous practice as speech-language pathologists. Through a combination of online didactic learning and hands-on experience, the MSLP program scaffolds knowledge, skills, and values to help prepare you for this exciting and rewarding field.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, speech-language pathologists work in a range of settings, including:


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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Additional Information About our Speech-Language Pathology Master's Program

Earn your degree through online flexibility with a program that combines synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Our streamlined curriculum allows you to earn your degree in as little as 20 months — that’s less than two years!

The Speech-Language Pathology master's program is designed for hands-on learning with on-site clinical intensives in technologically advanced simulation labs and 400 hours of real-life experience through clinical placements.

We want you to have individualized support every step of your education — from dedicated admissions advisors to one-on-one mentorship with an MSLP faculty member.

West Coast University’s MSLP program aims to give you the flexibility and support you need to pursue your education.

  • Earn your Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in as little as 20 months
  • Gain hands-on experience through 400 hours of direct patient clinical work
  • Be paired with a MSLP faculty mentor
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and competency to take the PRAXIS II certification exam prior to program completion
  • Matriculate in a student-centric environment with one-on-one support from admissions, financial aid, and more
  • Financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify
  • Obtain support beyond graduation with professional and career development

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

To view the Master of Speech-Language Pathology program curriculum, please Click Here!

Our Pre-MSLP program was designed specifically for students who want to pursue their Master of Speech-Language Pathology but did not complete their bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders.  Click here to learn more

To be admitted to the MSLP program, applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in communication science and disorders or speech-language pathology 3.0 GPA requirement for the last 60 semester units.
  • Complete the following pre-master’s coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0:
    • Phonological Science (2.5 semester credits)
    • Language Development (2.5 semester credits)
    • Observations & Clinical Procedures (2.5 semester credits)
    • Anatomy & Physiology of the Communication & Swallowing Mechanism (2.5 semester credits)
    • Clinical Audiology (2.5 semester credits)

If you haven’t completed your bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders, click here to check out our Pre-MSLP program option.

Applicants may transfer the program-specific pre-master’s courses from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education with approval from the program dean. Please contact your admissions representative with any questions.

Additionally, applicants must complete the following steps and requirements for consideration into the program:

  1. Must complete the CSDCAS application and all components by the posted deadlines.  Click here to apply.
  2. Must complete CASPer test. Scores are valid for one year.
    1. Altus Suite - admissions assessments of non-cognitive skills
      1. All applicants are required to complete Altus Suite as part of their application. To complete Altus Suite, click here to create an account and complete the following assessments:
        1. Casper: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgment test (SJT)
        2. Snapshot: 10-minute one-way video interview with standardized questions
  3. Must have three (3) references: two (2) speech-language pathologists and one (1) faculty member, advisor, or employer.
  4. Must have a minimum of 25 direct observation hours with an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist.                       
  5. Required prerequisite courses for admission:
    1. Statistics (3-semester units)
    2. Behavioral Science* (3-semester units)     
    3. Physics or Chemistry w/ lab *(4-semester units)
    4. Biological Science* (3-semester units)

*Must have obtained a letter grade of C or better, completed the courses through a regionally accredited college or university, and within the last 10 years. Total cumulative prerequisite GPA must meet a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in order to be considered.

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The mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Program at West Coast University is to develop competent speech language pathologists who are committed to evidence-based practice, scientific inquiry, community outreach and excellence in patient-centered care. We prepare entry-level humanistic practitioners to serve competently on interprofessional teams, and to work for the advancement of the profession.


We envision a virtual academic environment comprised of innovative curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and a variety of clinical practica experiences which prepare students to serve a culturally diverse society. We continuously strive to inspire students to become servant leaders, critical thinkers, lifelong learners and reflective interprofessional practitioners.


The philosophy of the Speech-Language Pathology Program is to develop life-long learners who possess the knowledge, skills, and values required for the prevention, assessment and treatment of communication disorders using critical thinking in evidence-based academic coursework and clinical education within a student-centric environment. We are committed to preparing servant leaders, respectful of diversity and inclusion, to fulfill a humanitarian need of (re)habilitating children and adults with communication and swallowing disorders.

WCU's Online SLP Program helps students acquire the knowledge, clinical skills and professional values to begin entry-level practice as a speech-language pathologist. The program learning outcomes (PLOs) describe the expectation of the knowledge, skills and values that all graduates should demonstrate prior to graduation.  Students graduating from the online SLP Program should be able to:

  1. Evaluate communication and swallowing disorders using appropriate measures.
  2. Write professional documentation using organized structure and accurate content.
  3. Demonstrate application of legal and professional ethics during professional practice.
  4. Apply culturally competent professional communication skills.
  5. Provide competent intervention services to persons with communication and swallowing disorders using evidence-based practice.
  6. Collaborate with various professionals using effective communication skills in the provision of educational and health care services.

Hands-on experience is an important aspect of building students’ clinical skills. Students will begin acquiring clinical skills during didactic coursework with hands-on clinical skills labs that facilitate learning thorough the use of case studies for clinical practice in schools, clinical and medical settings. 

The hands-on learning opportunities continue during two extended weekend clinical intensive experiences. During that time, students will participate in a variety of simulations with high fidelity mannequins, mock therapy sessions, interprofessional collaboration activities and skills labs to prepare you for clinical experiences with an ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologists in your state of residence. 

The SLP Program has leveraged relationships with clinical partners to help place you in a rewarding and intellectually challenging learning environment to demonstrate the necessary competencies to become a speech-language pathologist.

Immersive experiences are offered at the WCU-Texas Campus as well as our Center for Graduate Studies in California.

Prepare for the next level of leadership.

Our online Speech Language Pathology program will give you the education you need to take the next step in your career, opening the door to a range of opportunities, which can be found in these settings:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Private Practice
  • Schools
  • Home Health Care
  • Early Intervention Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities

Speech language pathology is a wonderful health care career field! Students are taking the first steps towards entering a rewarding profession with roles in assessing, treating and diagnosing communication and swallowing disorders in both public and private education, hospitals and specialty offices.

Core Faculty

Regina Lemmon Bush, M.S.P., Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dean and Program Director of the Speech Language Pathology Program

Dean and Program Director of the Speech Language Pathology Program

Regina Lemmon Bush, M.S.P., Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Dean/ Program Director of the Speech Language Pathology Program. Clinically, she has worked as an SLP in a variety of clinical settings including schools, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, travel therapy and hospital settings. Since 2002, Dr. Bush has worked as an adjunct professor, Clinical Supervisor, Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, External Placement Director and Program Director in two CAA Accredited Speech-Language Pathology Programs and one undergraduate Speech Language Pathology Program. She has also served as an adjunct instructor in an Occupational Therapy Master’s Program to provide students with an interprofessional education. These experiences led to her teaching innovations which infuse clinical education into academic course instruction. Dr. Bush revamped the program curriculum during her tenure at Columbia College to include experiential learning, scenario-based learning, mock therapy sessions, student-mentored research, service-learning projects with a variety of newly established community partners and a summer camp for toddlers with language as well as hearing impairments. She has mentored new faculty members to provide these instructional techniques within their courses.

Dr. Bush is a proponent of student-mentored research to introduce students to research. Her student-mentored research interests are health literacy, non-mainstream dialects, language/ literacy and SOTL. Her students (graduate and undergraduate) have presented numerous student-mentored research at state and national conferences (ASHA and NBASLH) for over a decade. Dr. Bush honed her leadership skills in Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CAPCSD) Leadership Academy Cohort II and community service work in various organizations. She has served as the President of the South Carolina Speech-Language Hearing Association (SCSHA), ASHA Advisory Council member and Vice Chairperson of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Advisory Council. Dr. Bush received the University of South Carolina’s Communication Sciences & Disorders Department’s Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award, Columbia College’s Career Achievement Award as well as South Carolina Independent College & University’s Professor of the Year Award for innovative program development and instruction. She is a contributing author for the textbook Leadership in Speech Language Pathology. Dr. Bush enjoys painting, traveling and spending time with her family.

Nicole Oglevee


Professor Nicole Oglevee has over 17 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist providing treatment to diverse clients across the life span. She has provided therapy in various settings, including nursing homes, home health, outpatient clinics, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, early childhood intervention, and public schools. In addition to providing therapy to clients with diverse needs, Professor Oglevee has served in a teaching and mentoring capacity for over nine years as a supervisor to speech-language pathologist assistants and graduate student clinicians. Her favorite aspects of being a mentor are observing clinicians as they develop confidence in their skills and what she learns from them in return. Professor Oglevee is currently completing her dissertation to pursue her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Liberty University. She earned both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Abilene Christian University.

Professor Oglevee is married with two children and a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. While stationed in Italy, she developed a passion for exploring new cultures. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting with friends and family, and attending her children’s musical and sporting events.

Deana Lacy McQuitty, M.S., Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Online Faculty Manager

Dr. Deana Lacy McQuitty, M.S., Ed.D., CCC-SLP is the Online Faculty Manager of the Speech Language Pathology Program. Clinically, she has worked as an SLP in a variety of clinical settings including public, charter and lab schools, early intervention, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation hospital settings. Since 2002, Dr. Lacy McQuitty has worked as an adjunct professor, Clinical Supervisor, Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, External and Internship Placement Director and Program Director in one undergraduate Speech Language Pathology Program. She has also served as an interdisciplinary team member in establishing a Health Communications concentration focusing on health equity, diversity and inclusion among underrepresented populations. She is also currently Co-PI on an interdisciplinary grant funded by the National Communication Association which focuses on health disparity issues among underrepresented populations. These experiences led to her teaching and research philosophy, which ensures best practices in teaching pedagogy and clinical practica across the communication sciences and disorders. Specific emphasis is focused on culturally and linguistically diverse populations and the impact of health disparities. As a program leader, Dr. McQuitty has experience in revising and reengineering undergraduate program curriculum in speech language pathology to include experiential learning, scenario-based learning, mock therapy sessions, student-mentored research, and service-learning. She was also the program faculty-leader and creator of the inaugural study abroad project, Project SHARE (Speech Language and Hearing Reaching Everyone) in Hopkins, Belize at the undergraduate educational level. She has mentored faculty members regarding best practices in instructional design and student engagement strategies in both traditional face to face and online learning communities.

Dr. Lacy McQuitty is a proponent of student-mentored research to introduce students to the research process. Her student-mentored research interests span across the following: early intervention, school aged language disorders, health advocacy, health communication and health disparities among communication sciences and disorders of underrepresented populations. Her students have presented over 100 student-mentored research at local, regional, state, and national conferences (ASHA, AAC &U; SCAASI and NBASLH) for over a decade. Dr. McQuitty has honed her leadership skills by becoming a prominent leader in effective online course delivery. Such noteworthy acknowledgements include the following: Quality Matters "Designing Effective Online Courses"; Muma College of Business; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate Program.

Dr. Lacy McQuitty has been recognized with the Faculty Academic Advising Excellence Award and International Healthcare Professionals Top Speech Therapist. She has co-authored several textbooks in speech communications that is utilized worldwide for speech general education courses. Dr. Lacy McQuitty enjoys playing the piano, traveling, gardening and spending time with her family.

Sharita Williams-Crossen, Ed.D, CCC-SLP

Director of Clinical Education of the Speech Language Pathology Program

Sharita Williams-Crossen, Ed.D, CCC-SLP, is the Director of Clinical Education of the Speech-Language Pathology Program. She is a native of Greensboro, NC, and has been practicing in Speech-Language Pathology for over 25 years. Dr. Williams-Crossen earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Masters of Education in Communication Disorders from North Carolina Central University, and Doctorate of Education in Child, Youth, and Family Studies with a specialization in Exceptional Children from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Williams-Crossen is licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Examiners and certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Dr. Williams-Crossen specializes in early intervention and is a certified Infant Toddler Family Specialist (ITFS). She has been certified for over 15 years. This certification demonstrates her specialized knowledge, skills, attitude, and attributes suited to providing quality services to the many differing young children, families, caregivers, professionals, and communities she serves. Governor Roy Cooper appointed her to serve on the NC Interagency Coordinating Council responsible for public awareness, community needs assessment, system evaluation, and professional development related to early intervention.

Before joining WCU, she was the managing director of a private practice managing day-to-day operations of the business, including providing high-quality speech therapy services to individuals across the lifespan with various communication needs related to developmental delays, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and autism, to name a few. Dr. Williams-Crossen has a diverse background in speech-language pathology, including early intervention, Head Start, public schools, charter schools, nursing homes, and home health. Also, in this capacity, she provided clinical education to undergraduate and graduate practicum students, assisting in developing clinical and professional skills to conduct high-quality speech sessions

She has over 15 years of post-secondary experience in teaching and research. Teaching experiences include courses in communication sciences and disorders, phonetics, speech and language development, language disorders, observation in communication sciences and disorders, and computer applications in speech-language pathology. Her most recent research interests include increasing language and literacy through culturally responsive practices.

Dr. Williams-Crossen enjoys maximizing the communication of individuals of all ages by working collaboratively with families and other community professionals. Her passion is preparing future clinicians to make a difference in the lives of individuals with communication needs. Outside of work, Dr. Williams-Crossen enjoys reading, dancing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Kayla Alvarez, M.A.

Program Assistant

Kayla Alvarez, is the Program Assistant for the MSLP Program. Kayla Alvarez’s experience in higher education began in Texas in 2016. Her background is in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. She worked as a research technician at UTSW and a Biology Labs Coordinator at a Dallas College Campus prior to employment at West Coast University. She is also passionate about diversity. Her Master’s is focused on international development of non-profit, for profit, and NGO’s. Because of her experience in teaching a variety of students, Kayla is an excellent advocate for students of STEM and healthcare of all backgrounds.

Kayla has been with the program since its development stages and knows the in’s and out’s of what the program has to offer WCU students. Because she has given her input while building the program, she believes it will help students become the professionals they are meant to be. She looks forward to watching the growth of the program as a whole and its students’ progress into the successful clinicians they are training to be.

Kayla loves going on adventures and road trips with her husband and son. The three of them travel often as a reset to life. Kayla’s family also consist of fur babies and many different plant species!

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Speech-Language Pathologists