Course Requirements to Matriculate
Individuals wishing to matriculate into the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology must demonstrate successful (B or better) completion of pre-requisite coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as Liberal Arts and Sciences. The breakdown of pre-requisite coursework is outlined below.
Fifteen (15) credits of foundations courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders are required. Each of the following must be at least 3 credits:
Introduction to Language
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms
Phonetics of American English
Introduction to Speech Pathology
Introduction to Audiology
Thirty (30) credits in Liberal Arts and Sciences courses are required of each applicant. Applicants should review catalog descriptions of courses they have taken to ensure correct matching of the following requirements:
All coursework must appear on the applicant's transcript.
Biological science (3 credits) - examples are biology, cellular biology, cytology, ecology, evolutionism, genetics, molecular biology, nutrition, physiology, zoology
Physical science (3 credits) - examples are chemistry, earth science, geology, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, physics, radiochemistry
Statistics (3 credits) - examples are research methods in statistics and psychological statistics (this must be a stand-alone course in statistics).
Behavioral and/or social science (6 credits) - study that pertains to understanding normal/abnormal human behavior, development across the life span, social interaction, and issues of culturally diverse populations) - examples include anthropology, criminology, sociology, psychology, human behavior, cultural diversity, gender issues
English (6 credits) (at least 3 credits of intensive writing and the other 3 credits can be in English literature
U.S. History or U.S. Political Science (3 credits) (note: this relates only to US/American issues; world or foreign subject issues are not permitted)
Art (3 credits) - examples include pottery, painting, drawing, theater performance, dance, musical instrument performance, art or music appreciation
Non-English language (3 credits) - American Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, etc.
When applying to become a matriculated student, applicants should understand:
- at least a B grade is required for all pre-requisite coursework
- Advanced Placement (AP) credit may be accepted only if the action has been recorded on the student's official undergraduate transcript(s)
- Pass/fail grades will not be considered as having fulfilled the Communication Sciences or Liberal Arts and Sciences pre-requisite requirements
- Courses must be taken at an accredited college or university; distance learning is permitted as long as the institution is accredited
- Being a native speaker of a non-English language will not fulfill the language requirement; the language requirement must be documented on an official transcript
- College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores will not be considered as having fulfilled admissions requirements
- If unsure that a class meets a pre-requisite course requirement, students applying to the COMSC Program may wish to include with their application a catalog description and/or syllabus for that course
Download this worksheet to track the pre-requisite courses you need to apply to the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. This worksheet reflects ASHA changes and the Department's admission policy of 2013 and forward.