Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

There are several organizations related to the CD Program that are usually of special interest to CD Students. You are invited to participate and experience an additional part of transitioning to professionalism.

NMSU Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
The local chapter consists of undergraduate and graduate students interested in human communication sciences and disorders and the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The purpose of NSSLHA is to provide a vehicle for student representation in matters of professional concern, and to encourage professional interest among college students in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior. The local chapter is active socially and in community philanthropic projects, as well as money raising activities. Annual dues are paid by members. For more information go to:

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

Membership in the national NSSLHA (additional dues) offers students subscription opportunities to various professional journals (e.g., The ASHA Leader, JSLHR, AJSLP, and CICSD), and reduced registration fees for professional conventions and meetings. If you apply simultaneously for membership and certification during the calendar year in which your Master’s degree is granted, you will get a reduced rate for ASHA membership. For more information contact:

    National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard Suite #450
Rockville, MD 20850-3289
Phone:800-498-2071 (members) or 800-638-8255 (non members)
Fax: 301-571-0481

New Mexico Speech Language Hearing Association (NMSHA)
Membership in the state organization offers students a closer look at how professional organizations operate. Students can have an active role in NMSHA by presenting Poster Sessions at the annual convention, attending the annual convention, or being selected to be a student representative on the NMSHA Legislative Council. For more information contact:

    New Mexico Speech-Language-Hearing Association
P.O. Box 90846
Albuquerque, NM 87199
Phone: 575-899-6674

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Its mission is to “promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities.” For more information contact:

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, Maryland 20850-3289
Members: (800) 498-2071
Non-Member: (800) 638-8255
Fax: (301) 296-8580

New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board 
The New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board regulates speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and hearing aid dispensers. Speech-language pathologists provide testing and treatment of speech, voice or language disorders. Audiologists test for and evaluate hearing problems and assist with hearing aid selection or other functions related to hearing disorders. Hearing aid dispensers test, fit, sell, and service hearing aids. For more information contact:

    Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board
2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Phone: (505)476-4640
Fax: (505) 476-4620