Micaella’s dream career is to be in the speech-language pathology field in an adult acute care setting. That’s what brought her to Loyola from the University of Pittsburgh where she graduated in 2016. “I love the SLP program! From the clients that we service to the types of disorders that we treat, it’s so diverse!” Micaella has gained so much experience, from her pediatric rotations, adult ITAP sessions, and audiology comprehensive evaluations that she’s completed so far. All which have prepared her for her current externships at Good Samaritan and West Middle School. “I feel that Loyola has prepared me well for my career. I’m learning so much.” She is truly grateful for her experience at Loyola and said that she would absolutely recommend anyone to complete the program. “The facilities are very nice, and the supervisors are just great!”
After Brianna graduated from Loyola with a B.A. in speech-language pathology, she decided to pursue her graduate degree here – and she’s grateful she did. “I like that a lot of my classes have a specific focus and are specialized. I get to learn about adults and children and with the amount of content that’s covered, I get to learn a great deal about all kinds of disorders.” Her first year she gained experience at the Loyola Clinical Centers, where she saw adult stroke survivors and children with Autism. In her second year, she’s learning through an externship at St. Elizabeth. “You would be surprised how hands-on the program is. We started treating clients right away in my first semester. I was surprised myself, but it really does prepare you.”
Katelyn chose Loyola’s speech-language pathology graduate program after receiving her Bachelor of Science at SUNY Cortland because of the varied opportunities it would offer her. And from the experience she’s already gained, she’s so glad that she did. “This program is so flexible. I work with children on sounds and articulation, Autism, and Down Syndrome. I also work with adult stroke survivors and those who’ve had brain injuries.” She has two supervisors – one for pediatrics and one for adults. “The program prepares you all around in many ways, not just in the classroom. Having two supervisors really prepares me. It gives me experience with handling multiple supervisors with different expectations and personalities.” Katelyn hopes to work with the pediatric population during her career and knows that her externship at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital is preparing her well to achieve that goal.