2022 NSU Fact Book

2022 FACT BOOK 87 with more than 1,200 clinical hours and a wide variety of clinic rotations available. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC). The completion or postprofessional program, opened in 2012, is designed for the practicing registered respiratory therapist. The program is fully online, part time, and can be completed in 18 months. DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY The Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language and Communication Disorders was approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2012. Classes are offered daytime, evening, and online, for this dual admit program. Graduates of the program may continue on to graduate study or may become support personnel as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA). The Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology Program, which began in 1983, educates speech-language pathologists to provide a full range of services in a variety of settings to clients with communicative and swallowing disorders and their families. The program provides scientifically based academic and clinical curricula to foster critical thinking and application of best practices. The program prepares the student to meet the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology [CAA] of ASHA. Additionally, the SpeechLanguage Pathology Clinic provides assessment and treatment services to approximately 100 patients and families each week. Individual and/or group therapy services are available for those with issues such as speech sound delays/disorders, pediatric language delays/disorders (including autism), fluency and fluency disorders, voice issues, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease. The Speech-Language Pathology Doctorate (SLP.D.) was first offered in 1996 and was the first professional degree program for speech-language pathologists in the United States. This post-master’s, SLP.D. degree program fosters the development of knowledge, leadership, and problem-solving skills through curricula that incorporate research, ethical decision making, and models of best practice. Students are generally individuals with master’s degrees in speechlanguage pathology and ASHA certification who wish to obtain an advanced doctoral degree. The SLP.D. program is a hybrid (face-to-face/online) program that represents an innovative, practical, and realistic approach to doctoral studies. The SLP.D. program’s degree requirement is a total 53 semester credit hours. COMMUNITY OUTREACH The UM-NSU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) is one of seven university-based regional centers providing services to individuals with autism and their families. The NSU CARD Center serves constituents in Broward County. The NSU CARD Center is in its 16th year of continuous grant funding throughout Florida. In 2015, NSU CARD served 3,618 constituents in Broward County and offered 54 educational workshops, 32 webinars, and pro- vided 25 public education events to more than 26,000 participants. Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing With more than 4.1 million registered nurses nationwide, nursing continues to be the largest health care profession in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for registered nurses (R.N.s) is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, and nursing is currently the top growth occupation in the country. Most health care services involve some form of care by R.N.s. Although 60 percent of all employed R.N.s work in hospitals, many are employed in a wide range of other settings, including private practices, public