Speech Language Pathology

Speech Language Pathology (SLP)

 

WHAT DO SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS 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 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

 

*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
Application Service

 

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?

Study Abroad

Alpha Epsilon Delta: Preprofessional Health Honor Society

Pre-health Professionals Club

Pre-health Moodle site

Pre-health Google calendar

Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry

St. Olaf Speech and Hearing Association

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Minnesota Speech and Hearing Association (MSHA)

American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)


WHO IS THE DESIGNATED ADVISING SPECIALIST?

Professor Jeremy Loebach (Associate Professor of Psychology) 

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

 

*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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