University of Texas at El Paso
UTEP Library


Rehabilitation Sciences

Subject: Speech-Language Pathology

Degrees offered:

MS in Speech-Language Pathology
Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Number of faculty:


Number of majors in the program:

Pre-Speech/Language Pathology 75*

Speech-Language Pathology 32*

Accreditation agency:

Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech, Language, Hearing  Association.

Faculty Liaison:

Amitava Biswas, Ph.D

Library Subject Specialist:

Kristin Sanchez

Department Chair:

Anthony P. Salvatore, Ph.D

* Fall, 2004 data as reported in The University of Texas at El Paso FACT BOOK  2004-05, Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research and Planning, University of Texas at El Paso, 2005.


Program Description

The MS in Speech-Language Pathology is a five-year plan which culminates with the Master of Science Degree.  Undergraduate students are designated as  Pre-Speech-Language Pathology majors.  Applicants with a BA/BS in Speech- Language Pathology from another university do not have to take the pre-professional courses.  Completion of the program requires 97 hours of undergraduate course work,  33 hours of graduate course work,  and five semesters of clinical practicum.  Students who complete the plan qualify for the Texas License as well as the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.

The Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences is designed to respond to the growing national shortage of doctorally-trained professionals in health-related fields and to address significant health research needs related to communities in the U.S.-Mexico border region.  This degree encompasses classes taught by faculty from the various disciplines within the College of Health Sciences.  Disciplines include Nursing, Physical Therapy, Health Promotion, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Kinesiology, as well as Public Health.  Graduates from this program will have research skills, core knowledge in health sciences, and knowledge in their areas of specialization.

Students are introduced to the following topics:  Phonetics, Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism, Language Development, Audiology, Treatment Efficacy, Augmentative and Attentative Communications, Neural Bases of Speech and Language, Sign Language, Voice Disorders, Aural Rehabilitation, Communication Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Aphasia Disorders, Language Disorders in School-Aged Children, Phonatory Disorders of Voice, Motor Speech Disorders,  Dysphagia, Articulation, Gerontology and Communication Disorders, Hearing Conservation, and Multicultural Issues.

Description of Existing Collection
NCIP Code: 2

Materials are located using the Library of Congress call numbers:

QC 220-246;  RC 423-428.8; RF 1-547; RJ 496; 

The “Selected List of books and Journals in Allied Health Sciences” by the late Alfred N. Brandon and Dorothy R. Hill, Journal of the Medical Library Association, Vol. 91, No. 1, January, 2003, pp 18-33, was used to check the holdings of the library.

The library was found to have 77% of the books recommended by the Brandon Hill “Selected List of Print Books and Journals in Allied Health Sciences” in the following area:  23 of the 30 titles for speech pathology/audiology.  Eight of the 23 titles are older editions.  The library also has access to 4 of the 6 journals on the list for speech pathology/audiology.

Current Collecting Intensity
NCIP Code: 2

The material selected supports the graduate program.  Current and retrospective material is sought to satisfy the needs of the students and faculty in Speech- Language Pathology.  Research material for the faculty and graduate students is also searched and obtained.  Most of the selections are in the English language.

Desired Collection Level
NCIP Code: 3

The library needs to purchase the basic and advanced journals in Speech-Language Pathology.  It also needs to consider the purchase of current monographs in the discipline.

Other Resources

Locally, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences in El Paso supplements the University of Texas at El Paso collection with medical texts and journals not being purchased by the university.  Other libraries available to the students and faculty are the El Paso Community College, the El Paso Public Library, New Mexico State University, and the medical library of the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.

The Interlibrary Loan Department of the Library provides material not available in the area.

The library is a charter member of the Del Norte Biosciences Library Consortium which meets regularly to dialog.

Last updated: 4/17/06