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The School of Speech Language Hearing and Occupational Sciences in the College of Health at the University of Montana prepare students to become competent professionals who study and serve the developmental, treatment, and assessment needs of individuals with disorders in speech, language, swallowing, and/or hearing.

The School educates students for employment in school (K-12 and higher education), medical, and human service settings. The mission of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is to prepare students for progressive, collaborative, and research-minded careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, and related fields through rigorous academic and clinical training.

NSSLHA Information:

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. National membership is available to undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students enrolled full- or part-time in a communication sciences program or related major.


So you want to become a Speech Pathologist?

Becoming a speech pathologist requires navigating master’s in speech language pathology (SLP) programs, examinations, licensures and more. Here’s a site to help you navigate through the process: Click here for more information.


Madison Larson

Tell us About Yourself!

I am a proud, small-town girl from Roundup, Montana. I enjoy being involved on and off campus. Currently, I am the pre-professional chair of the University of Montana’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and the student representative and social media coordinator for Montana’s Speech- Language-Hearing Association.  I also work in the DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic as a front desk staff member. I take pride in every role I hold and especially treasure the unique experiences I have had in such a short time with the School of Speech, Language, Hearing, & Occupational Sciences at the University of Montana.  I feel very grateful to be surrounded by phenomenal individuals who continue to help and inspire me to achieve my goals.

What made you decide to major in CSD?

Working in either a school or hospital setting had always interested me. I stumbled upon a profession which enabled the possibility of working in both settings and I knew being a speech-language pathology was my calling.  I transferred to the University of Montana my junior year from Montana State University Billings to pursue my ultimate dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist.  After taking a couple courses within the program, I fell in love and continue to fall in love with the field of speech-language pathology.   Although I am interested in the area of studying and working with people with acquired neurological disorders, I love the flexibility of the field and keep an open mind for all the possibilities that lie ahead in my journey.

What class/subject really inspires you or excites you right now?

This semester I have the privilege of volunteering in the Big Sky Aphasia Program directed by Professor Jenna Griffin, M.S., CCC- SLP.  I have taken three of my undergraduate courses from her and also study in the Brain Research for Aphasia and Intensive Neurorehabilitation lab where she works as a co-director.  Professor Griffin is one of those unforgettable professors who inspire all students, including myself!  My research partner and I are working together on a project in which we will have the opportunity to present at the Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Montana in March.


Any advice to anyone thinking of majoring in the field?

Embrace everything about yourself that makes you feel weird, special, insecure, beautiful, and different.  You are your own person and have your own unique story!  As Dr. Suess once said, “Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”  I believe in YOU!


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