The MHSc. program is completed in 22 months of continuous study. Applicants should note that this does not permit students to be gainfully employed in the summer months between Years 1 and 2.
All requirements of the MHSc program must be successfully completed within two consecutive years. There is no thesis requirement, but students are required to complete a capstone portfolio at the end of the second year. The innovative curriculum links academic coursework to relevant clinical placements so that theoretical learning is immediately consolidated by practical experience. The 22‑month curriculum is organized into nine units (five academic and four clinical units):
- The first year consists of Units 1 to 5:
- Unit 1 (September‑December) provides coursework in anatomy, speech science, audiology, child language and clinical practice issues;
- Unit 2 (following the winter break) is an eight-week unit that contains coursework related to developmental disorders, including language intervention, articulation and phonology, and fluency;
- Unit 3 (March and April) is an eight‑week internship in developmental disorders;
- Unit 4 (May and June) covers augmentative and alternative communication, voice, and aural rehabilitation; and
- Unit 5 (July or August) is a four‑week summer internship in speech, language and/or hearing disorders.
- Entrance into the second year of the program is contingent upon successful completion of all first‑year courses and clinical placements. In the second year of the program, students complete Units 6 to 9 as below:
- Unit 6 (September – December) includes coursework in neurogenic and structurally related disorders;
- Unit 7 (January – February) includes an eight‑week internship in neurogenic disorders;
- Unit 8 (March ‑ April) includes advanced course work in the principles of clinical practice, research, and clinical analysis of communication disorders and swallowing. A capstone portfolio requirement that documents achievements and competencies in academic and clinical areas is also completed; and
- Unit 9 (May – July) is a 10‑week clinical internship during which students assess and treat clients with a variety of communication disorders.