Online Speech Pathology Programs

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School Surprises

"My Online Program Was More Thorough Than At My Local University...
The quality of this online program surpassed what I experienced at my local university which required all classes to be taught on campus and in person. USU's program is well-developed, informative, the professors accessible, and the school far more prompt, organized, and willing to assist than my local university. Further, the school is regionally accredited and recommended by some of the top graduate programs in the country as a way to complete leveling courses, which means one should not need to worry about classes not transferring or being viewed seriously." (Speech Pathology Assistant; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, female
School: Studied Speech Pathology at Utah State University in Utah in 2012

"Less Social Than I Thought...
Many of the courses involved absolutely no communication with other students and only revolved around listening to lectures and answering tests. I was surprised by this, and I felt classes were more rewarding when other assignments besides tests determined our grades." (Speech-Language Pathologist; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Pennsylvania, male
School: Studied Speech Language-Pathology at University Of Nebraska Kearney in Nebraska; completed Master degree in 2012

"Interactive Message Boards...
I was surprised at how interactive the message and discussion boards were. It was just as beneficial as having a classroom discussion. The ease of submitting assignments" (SPEECH PATHOLOGIST; 2013)

Career: , currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied HEALTHCARE at WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY in Texas; completed Master degree in 2007

"I Had An Unexpectedly Social Experience At Idaho State University...
The professors were very helpful and available. I enjoyed the flexibility of the online schedule. It was easy to get in contact with students and professors." (speech-language pathologist assistant; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in District of Columbia, female
School: Studied Communication Sciences And Disorders at Idaho State University in Idaho; completed Bachelor degree in 2012

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Speech Pathologist

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Best School Tips

"Time Management Of Online Courses...
Set a specific time to complete assignments. The flexibility is great, but its easy to get behind and get caught up in other things. Especially if you work and have family obligations" (SPEECH PATHOLOGIST; 2013)

"Stick To Deadlines...
Stick to deadlines very seriously. If an assignment is one minute late, it seems to be standard protocol to mark it late. This might be because nothing should really be even one minute late in a real job situation." (Speech-Language Pathologist; 2014)

"Reach Out To Succeed And Develop Study Tactics...
Develop good study habits: create a calendar of due dates and check it daily, and also learn how to study properly by using sites like flashcardexchange or quizlet. Do not overextend yourself: many just want to get through the program and not do well in the courses. Take time to absorb the information, do well in the class, and network with fellow classmates and faculty. It will be worth it in the long run." (Speech Pathology Assistant; 2014)

"How To Succeed In An Online Program...
Make a schedule so that you get all of your work done on time. The school's Moodle site is a great resource." (speech-language pathologist assistant; 2014)