Rhode Island Speech Pathology Degrees

Last updated October 9, 2023
Rhode Island Speech Pathology Degrees By Amy Yacoub, MS, CCC-SLP
Amy Yacoub, MS, CCC-SLP
Current SLP, MS in SLP, Columbia University in the City of New York
School Program Admissions
Emerson College Master's in Speech-Language Pathology
No GRE required, prepares you to pursue certification as an SLP generalist. As few as 20 months to complete. CAA-ASHA accredited.
New York University Online MS Program in Speech-Language Pathology
Prepares students to pursue SLP licensure. Full-time and part-time plans of study. CAA-ASHA Accredited. No GRE Required.
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Speech-Language Pathology degree programs are offered in the state of Rhode Island. They are located in the cities of Kingston and Providence. Students living in Rhode Island who are interested in becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist have the ability to pursue an undergraduate and Master's level degree through a university that offers one of these programs. They can then then apply for state licensure and a certificate of clinical competency (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Online SLP Masters Degrees offered in Rhode Island and Nearby States

There are not currently any Universities in Rhode Island that offer an online Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology. You might consider a featured online SLP program.

Nearby states that offer online SLP Master's degrees

There are online New York SLP degrees. New York University (NYU) in New York City, New York offers an online Master of Science (MS) degree program in Speech-Language Pathology. In this program, Speech@NYU, students take 48 graduate-level credits if they have completed prerequisite courses. 14 additional foundational credits are required if the student has not yet completed specific undergraduate prerequisite courses.

There are online Massachusetts SLP programs. Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, offers an online Master of Science (MS) degree in Speech Language Pathology through their program, Speech@Emerson. Students can graduate in as little as 20 months. The program requires 54 graduate credits and 18 foundational credits (which included courses that may have been taken previously if the student has an undergraduate background in Speech Pathology).

There are also online Virginia SLP programs. James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, offers an online Master of Science (MS) degree in Speech Language Pathology. Students enroll in 2 to 3 courses per semester, over a period of 3 years.

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In Depth Review of the Top Rhode Island SLP Programs

There is 1 ASHA accredited Speech Language Pathology Program in Rhode Island: 1 SLP Masters and 0 SLP Doctorate Degree Programs.

University of Rhode Island Speech Degree Programs

  • Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders
  • Accelerated BS-MS Program

The University of Rhode Island offers 3 different degree options for students in the field of Speech Pathology. The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the CAA of ASHA. The program includes a total of 54 semester credit hours, including 10 that are earned through clinical practicums. There is a thesis or non-thesis option for the required capstone experience. The average time to achieve the degree is approximately 2 years (5 semesters).

Top Courses & Descriptions

  • The Real Reason for Brains: This course is offered for 3 credit hours. It provides students with a foundation in the typical anatomy and physiology of communication and movement. The course reviews neurological disorders and their impact, particularly clinically, on individuals.
  • Medical Speech-Language Pathology: Educates students on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment in adult and pediatric populations within a medical setting. This course is designed in particular for students who are interested in working in a medical setting upon becoming a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, such as a hospital or rehabilitation center.
  • Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Teaches the social communication and emotional regulation characteristics for children on the Autism Spectrum and those with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Discusses the role of the SLP as part of a comprehensive intervention model with this population.

Path to Licensure

Upon graduation from the Masters degree program, students will have completed the academic and clinical requirements necessary for Rhode Island State licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. Graduates are also prepared to pursue the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Admissions requirements include

1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (average scores for applicants offered admission: Verbal Reasoning: 151.7; Quantitative Reasoning: 150.1; Analytical writing: 4.3)
2. GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.3-4.0.
3. 2 Letters of Recommendation
4. 1 Writing sample/essay
5. Prerequisite courses are offered through the program

Rhode Island College Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication

Rhode Island College offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in communication that allows students to concentrate in Speech, Language and Hearing Science (1 of 5 areas of study that are offered). The minimum total credit count for this degree is 53 credits.

The curriculum covers courses that are considered by ASHA to be prerequisites for a graduate program in Speech Language Pathology or Audiology. Students gain a foundational education in speech, language and hearing to go on to pursue a Masters degree program upon graduation.

Top Courses

  • Speech and Language Development: This course teaches theories and stages that are involved in acquiring speech and language skills. It examines ages from birth through adolescence. Subsystems of language, as well as normal and atypical speech and language, are taught.
  • Speech and Hearing Science: Teaches the basic acoustics, speech production theory, and speech perception through lecture and a laboratory setting.
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Speech and Hearing: This course examines the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism. Teaches the neurological, muscular, and skeletal functions involved in the process of speech production and hearing.

Path to Licensure

Students who complete the BA in Communications program with a concentration in Speech Language Pathology will have completed several of the prerequisite courses required by graduate level programs.

Upon achieving the BA degree, graduates may apply to a Masters level degree program in Speech Language Pathology. After receiving this MA or MS degree, individuals must follow state-specific licensure requirements for the state they live in or plan to practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist upon graduation.


Requirements include:
1. Completed Application, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
2. Official high school transcript.
3. 18 college preparatory units from high school (see website for details).
4. 250 word college essay
5. Letter of Recommendation from a school (guidance) counselor
6. SAT or ACT scores are optional, and can be submitted if an applicant feels they would support their candidacy for admission.

Rhode Island audiology and speech language pathologist licensure overview

  • What SLP degree is required for licensure in Rhode Island? Doctorate
  • What are the Rhode Island SLP continuing education requirements? 20 hours per 2 years
  • Rhode Island SLP licensing information at ASHA.org: Website

List of Speech Pathology Programs in Rhode Island

There are 1 CAA-ASHA accredited speech language pathology programs in Rhode Island: 1 SLP Masters and 0 Doctorate.

School Program Admissions
Emerson College Master's in Speech-Language Pathology
✓ ASHA Accredited
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)
✓ CAA-ASHA Accredited
Arizona State University Online Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science
HLC Accredited.
New York University Online MS Program in Speech-Language Pathology
✓ CAA-ASHA Accredited
George Washington University Online Doctor of Public Health
Russell Sage College Online Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
✓ACOT Accredited
Calvin University Speech and Hearing Foundations Certificate
East Central University Online Bachelor of Arts in Human Services Counseling
Transfer credit friendly.
Arizona State University Online Doctor of Behavioral Health – Management
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CAA ASHA Accredited Rhode Island SLP Programs

CAA-ASHA Accredited SLP Programs in Rhode Island

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the premier programmatic accrediting board for Speech Pathology programs. Below is a list of ASHA accredited speech pathology and audiology programs in Rhode Island.

List of the Best Speech-Language Pathology Programs in Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island
Master's in Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

SLP Rhode Island Speech-Language Pathologist Licensure Overview

Individuals must be licensed by the state board as a Speech-Language Pathologist to practice in Rhode Island. In order to be licensed in this state, the individual must meet the following requirements:

Possess a Master’s or Doctoral level degree in Speech-Language Pathology from an institution accredited by the Council on Professional Standards of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Complete supervised professional employment in Speech-Language Pathology under the direct supervision of a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist for a minimum of 30 hours a week for 9 months; or

Meet the standards for Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) by ASHA (or its equivalent as approved by the board). To do this, the individual must take the Praxis, a national test in speech Language pathology from ASHA. A score of 162 on a scale from 100 to 200 is required to pass.

After applying for and receiving a provisional license as a Speech Language Pathologist in Rhode Island, an individual may apply to work as a Clinical Fellow (CF). Upon meeting the requirements for the Clinical Fellowship (which is 9 months), the individual may apply for state licensure and their CCC through ASHA as a Speech Language Pathologist.

Career Options in Rhode Island

The career outlook for Speech Language Pathologists in Rhode Island is positive. There is expected to be a 15% increase in demand for Speech Language Pathologists in the state from 2018-2028, according to ASHA. Currently, there are over 700 SLPs in Rhode Island.

Speech Language Pathologists in Rhode Island have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. Most of the current SLPs in the state (approximately 60%) work in education facilities. Approximately 35% work in Health Care Facilities and 5% work in other facilities. This data has been reported by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

SLPs in Rhode Island can work in the following settings:

  • Schools
  • Private Practices
  • Hospitals (inpatient/acute care or outpatient)
  • Nursing homes/Skilled nursing facilities
  • Early Intervention facilities

Speech Pathologists can provide treatment to people from a range of ages, from infancy to adulthood. Typically, SLPs work with individuals within a specific age range (for example, pediatrics or adults), according to their workplace setting.

Online Speech Pathology Programs

Speech Pathology Programs

States for SLP Degrees

Emerson College Online Master of SLP Program