Speech Language Pathology (SLP)
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 directly with clients to provide Speech and Language Therapeutic interventions.
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)
Sample Course Timeline
The following timeline is an example of how you might wish to schedule your prerequisite courses. Timing of these courses may change due to major requirements, study abroad experiences, timing of your application, and admissions guidelines at graduate schools. In addition to these courses, each student will fit in any classes required by their major. All students must consult with their academic advisors regarding final course selection.
Year 1: PSYCH 125, MATH 119 or 120, BIO 150 (or year 2)
Year 2: BIO 150 (or year 1), BIO 227, STAT 212
Year 1/2/3: PSYCH 241, PSYCH 222, PSYCH 237
Year 3/4: PSYCH 339, BIO 243, BIO 233, PHYS 124 & 125
Sample Prerequisite Course Requirements for Admission to SLP Programs
- Purdue University
- Vanderbilt University
- Emerson College
- University of Minnesota
- University of Iowa
- Northwestern University
*Please note, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they complete all prerequisite coursework in the time required for admission. Please consult each graduate school’s website for prerequisite requirements.
WHAT STANDARDIZED TEST WILL I NEED TO TAKE? Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
WHAT CENTRALIZED APPLICATION WILL I USE? Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized
WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENTIAL PREREQUISITES?*
- Shadowing: 50+ hours shadowing in a variety of settings with different practitioners is recommended 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 your community, 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 OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT ST. OLAF?
WHO IS THE DESIGNATED ADVISING SPECIALIST?
Professor Jeremy Loebach (Associate Professor of Psychology)
Office: RNS 232 Phone: 507-786-3957 Email: email@example.com
*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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