Speech Pathology Licensure Applicant

Rochester, NY


General Description:

As part of an interdisciplinary team, the Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) would responsible for providing assessment, treatment, and education for individuals with acquired impairments in the areas of communication, cognition, and swallowing for both pediatric and adult acute care populations once the initial orientation, training and certification process were completed. The purpose of the CFY-SLP position is to enable the recently graduated SLP to gain their clinical competence certification (CCC)

Required Competencies:

  • SLP must hold Master’s degree from an accredited training institution

  • SLP must maintain ability to pass required mandatory in-service and staff competency training, including FIM administration.

  • SLP must maintain current knowledge in speech-language, cognitive, and dysphagia assessment and rehabilitation through ongoing continuing education.

Expectations Skills and Duties to be Acquired:

  1. The SLP will provide a battery of formal and informal assessments to evaluate patient’s candidacy and prognosis for treatment in the following areas:

  2. Motor Speech Disorders

  3. Communication with tracheostomy tube dependency

  4. Voice disorders

  5. Acquired language disorders

  6. Cognitive-linguistic disorders

  7. Adult swallowing disorders

  8. Pediatric swallowing disorders

  9. The SLP will design and implement an appropriate plan of care for treatment and revisions to meet a patient’s individual needs.

  10. The SLP will complete in a timely fashion documentation regarding the provision of SLP services to be included in the patient’s medical record, patient/family education record, FIM score booklet, SLP soft chart, Provider Portal, and daily billing record.

  11. The SLP will assist in the education of health professionals, patients, families, and community members about communication, cognitive, and/or swallowing disorders.

  12. The SLP will actively participate in interdisciplinary team conferences, team scheduling, family meetings, and discharge planning meetings, as well as initiate discussions regarding interdisciplinary team goals.

  13. The SLP will facilitate continuity of care by referring appropriate patients for on-going SLP service delivery through outpatient and home health agencies.

  14. The SLP will participate in program development and provide continuing education training sessions for 51200 staff.

Long Range Goals:

  • Provide the highest quality of acute care for Speech Therapy, using state-of-the-art practices and current standards of care.

  • Increase revenue generated by SLP service on each of the acute care floors now being serviced by increasing frequency and intensity of service for appropriate patients.

  • To improve patient functional outcomes and level of independence prior to discharge.

  • To provide efficient and effective communication and swallowing treatment across the continuum of care, from the acute setting to inpatient rehabilitation, to community re-entry and outpatient.

  • To expand the SLP’s role in cognitive rehabilitation as member of the interdisciplinary team.

Short Term Goals:

  1. Enable the Department to increase the volume of patients receiving SLP services on the rehabilitation unit.

  2. Develop skills in the screening and evaluation patients admitted for acute rehabilitation with new diagnosis of CVA, for speech, language, cognition, dysphagia, post-surgical and/or respiratory impairments.

  3. Participate in in-service training regarding cognitive-linguistic disorders to health professionals.

  4. Participate in increasing the frequency and intensity of SLP service on the acute care floors and rehabilitation unit.

  • Goal of 2 SLP sessions daily, per patient. Patients’ schedules will be customized to accommodate individual needs, per discussion at initial team meeting.

  • Implement group therapy approach for treatment where appropriate

  • Expand the quality of diagnostic and treatment approaches with use of instrumental tools after suitable instruction


  1. Swallow therapy

  2. Surface Electrode Myography (sEMG)

  3. Vital Stim

  4. Diagnostic service

  5. Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (FEES)

  6. VisiPitch

  7. Pediatric service

  8. Nasometry

  • Voice clinic
  1. Endoscopic assessment of laryngeal function

  2. Data acquisition, analysis and interpretation

  3. Acoustic analysis and airflow instrumentation

  • Promote integration of SLP goals with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Nurse Practioner goals
  1. Co-treatment sessions where applicable

  2. Dysphagia/feeding groups where applicable

  3. Use of external/internal aids and strategies where practicable

  4. Develop and provide formal in-service and competency training to 5-1200 staff on an annual basis when asked

Resources Requested:

  1. Staffing

  2. One full-time staff member, with the goal to expand service to full-time as revenue from SLP service increases

  3. Diagnostic Equipment

  4. Formal test batteries and protocols

  5. VisiPitch

  6. Nasometer

  7. Flexible endoscope

  8. Aerophone II

  9. Acoustic analysis

  10. Fluoroscopy

  11. Use of Therapy Equipment

  12. Lemon glycerin swabs

  13. Tongue depressors

  14. Toothettes

  15. Laryngeal mirrors

  16. Nosey cups/ other adaptive feeding utensils

  17. Vital Stim

  18. sEMG

  19. Television

  20. VCR or DVD player

  21. Video camera / DVD recorder

  22. Voice amplifiers

  23. Boardmaker Software

  24. AAC devices

  25. Dynavox

  26. Switches

  • Various communication and cognitive training kits

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 17.36 - $ 23.44 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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