Speech Language Pathology

Speech Language Pathology (SLP)

WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES FOR SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY SCHOOL?

In making decisions about admissions, Speech Language Pathology programs consider a range of factors that may vary from one school to another. All prerequisite courses usually need to be completed with a grade of C or above.

It is recommended, and often required, that you complete the following courses:*

Psychology PSYCH 125, Developmental Psychology (PSYCH  241), Psychology of Hearing (PSYCH 222), Cognitive Psychology (PSYCH 237), Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYCH 339)
Linguistics Linguistic Studies 250 (LNGST 250), English Language and Linguistics
Biology 1 year w. lab (generally BIO 150 and BIO 227)

Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 243)

Genetics (BIO 233)

Physics 1 year with lab (PHYS 124 & 125)
Math & Stats Calculus (MATH 119 or 120)

Statistics – (STAT 212)

 

Prerequisites from different schools (to demonstrate variations in prerequisites)

WHO IS THE DESIGNATED ADVISING SPECIALIST?

Professor Jeremy Loebach (Associate Professor of Psychology)

Office: RNS 232 Phone: 507-786-3957 Email: loebach@stolaf.edu

WHAT STANDARDIZED TEST WILL I NEED TO TAKE?

WHAT CENTRALIZED APPLICATION WILL I USE?

WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENTIAL PREREQUISITES?*

  • Shadowing:  over 50 hours is generally recommended shadowing in a variety of settings with different practitioners to help you explore the field and learn about different career opportunities.
  • Research: It is highly recommended that you complete at least one 10-week research experience that is directly related to the speech and hearing sciences.
  • Volunteering:  It is highly recommended that you volunteer in a position, starting as early as your first year at St. Olaf. Although your volunteer role can be in healthcare or outside of healthcare, we recommend that you aim to volunteer in both capacities. Speech Language Pathology schools are looking for applicants with sustained and meaningful volunteer experiences. They don’t want students who are simply checking the “volunteer box.”
  • Internship(s): It is recommended that you gain experience in the field through interning with an SLP at a school, a clinic, or a hospital, etc. Internships outside of speech language pathology are highly beneficial as well.
  • Leadership: It is strongly recommended that you serve in a leadership capacity (president of an organization, academic tutor, service on an advisory board, etc.). Leaders can enhance their communication and organizational skills, as well as learn how to interact with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.

WHAT DO SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS ACTUALLY DO?

Speech-language pathology is the study and treatment of human communication and its disorders. Speech-language pathologists work with the full range of human communication to evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers and rehabilitation counselors.

Their responsibilities may include:

  • Preparing future professionals in colleges and universities.
  • Managing agencies, clinics or private practices.
  • Engaging in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes.
  • Developing new methods and equipment to evaluate problems. Establish more effective treatments.
  • Investigating behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders.
  • Working with employees to improve communication with their customers.

WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT ST. OLAF?

Study Abroad: Yes –  you CAN study abroad as a pre-health student! Speak with your advisor early in order to plan for when a semester or year abroad will fit into your academic plan.

Student organizations:

Full list

St. Olaf Speech and Hearing Association

Pre-health Moodle site

Pre-health Google calendar

Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

*Ultimately, it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they complete all prerequisite coursework and experiential opportunities required for successful admission to an SLP program.

 

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