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National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association that exists to benefit its members by continually improving the support, promotion and advocacy of the highest quality preparation in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science.

Many communication science programs form local chapters:

  • To encourage professional interest among college and university students in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior.
  • To assist college and university departments and local organizations interested in speech, hearing, and language behavior and disorders.
  • To provide professional information.
  • To provide a vehicle for student representation in matters of professional concern.
  • To develop leadership skills for students. Many NSSLHA chapter presidents go on to assume leadership roles on the NSSLHA executive council and in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association  (ASHA) or the state associations.

The USC Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is dedicated to supporting the clients served by our profession, the department and the students enrolled. The organization participates in several endeavors focusing on outreach, research and education, and also provides events for socialization and networking among students, faculty and alumni. The department’s NSSLHA chapter has raised money for a variety of worthy causes, including:

  • National Down Syndrome Society
  • Operation Smile
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • USC Angel Fund
  • Christmas gifts for needy families
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • American Heart Association
  • American Stroke Association

Other chapter pursuits include:

  • Co-sponsoring educational opportunities
  • Providing funds for student research
  • Defraying costs associated with support groups
  • Purchasing therapy materials
  • Providing support for a variety of department events and functions
  • Scheduling social events for students, faculty, staff and alumni

All students are encouraged to become NSSLHA members. Information regarding how to join will be provided during your first semester in our master's program. Visit the NSSLHA website for more information on the benefits of joining this organization.