Speech Language Pathology

The Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders with a concentration in Speech Pathology at East Tennessee State University is an accredited 2-year program focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, and research of communicative disorders in children and adults. The program's curriculum provides intense education on the disorders and conditions that arise in the field. The goal of receiving a Masters of Science at this is institution is to prepare students to enter the work force as competent, well-rounded Speech-Language Pathologists providing the best care to all patients.

ETSU has a wide variety of clinic placements in both child and adult settings. Each student is provided with multiple opportunities on and off campus in school, clinic, nursing home, and hospital sites. Students attending ETSU will be prepared to work with a spectrum of disorders in children including autism, cleft palate, auditory awareness, phonological disorders and specific language impairment as well as high risk infant care. If you are more interested in the adult settings, you will gain the knowledge necessary to provide therapy for individuals with tracheotomies, voice disorders, motor speech disorders, aphasia, and dysphagia, including performing modified barium swallow imaging studies at our local VA hospital.

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Answers to a number of commonly asked questions regarding the ETSU SLP program and admission process can be found in our FAQ page

The Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders with a concentration in Speech Pathology program at East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard # 310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program completed a multi-year self study that culminated with a site review in October, 2011. The most favorable outcome of such a review, which is re-accreditation for an 8-year period, was obtained.

Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology
East Tennessee State University
Lamb Hall
Box 70643
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-4272


Dr. Wilson recently received the 2014 Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology that was presented on March 27th, 2014 at Audiology Now convention in Orlando Florida. Below is a picture of Dr. Wilson and John Seamens at the AAA ceremonial dinner. In 1964, 50 years ago, they both graduated from ETSU with a speech and hearing major and both became audiologists. For my information, please click here.


ETSU SLP Program will have its first Open House on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 . To RSVP or request additional information, please email: or Dr. Chaya Nanjundeswaran ( ore information here. (9/5/14).