Who We Are
What is NSSLHA?
“The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the only national student organization for pre-professionals studying communication sciences and disorders (CSD) recognized by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).”
NSSLHA is the bridge between students and ASHA professionals. You may join the national chapter and/or the BYU chapter as an undergraduate or graduate student. Becoming a member of the National NSSLHA reduces the cost of ASHA membership and certification (CCC’s) for those graduating from a master’s program. The annual membership fee is $60. This fee gives you access to ASHA journals and a discount on the cost of joining ASHA if you are a member for at least two years prior to ASHA membership (you will likely want to do this if you are staying in the field). NSSLHA membership also qualifies you for a reduced price on registration for the annual ASHA national conventions, access to job placement services, and social events.
BYU's NSSLHA chapter holds monthly events such as career panels, grad school nights, grad school interview practice, and fun socials! You can also follow the Facebook or Instagram pages to stay connected with events and other students. The membership fee for BYU’s NSSLHA chapter is $15.
What is ASHA?
“ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) identify, assess, and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Learn about the differences between professional associations and unions.”
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association, also known as ASHA, is the organization in which you may acquire your professional certification, network among other communication sciences and disorders professionals, and complete continuing education after finishing graduate school. ASHA handles the national certification effort; works with states to set professional standards; publishes journals containing research in communication disorders; and sponsors a national convention (useful for papers presented and products displayed) and other workshops and information dissemination efforts. In speech-language pathology, persons who complete a master’s degree (including specified coursework and clinical practice), complete a supervised, paid first-year on the job (the Clinical Fellowship Year, CFY), and pass the PRAXIS exam to demonstrate clinical competency are eligible to join ASHA and receive national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence – CCC).
By paying ASHA membership dues, you can have online access to the ASHA journals, remain certified, vote for officers, and receive other benefits. ASHA also sponsors a website (www.asha.org) and several special interest groups. For more information about ASHA, you can go to: www.asha.org
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Historian: Madie Freeze – email@example.com
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