Pre Speech-Language Pathology

Program Description

The PreSLP program provides post-baccalaureate students who do not have the required background in communication sciences and disorders with the prerequisite courses in basic human communication sciences needed to apply to a master’s degree program in speech-language pathology.

This unique program offers 10  recommended and required courses online, affording students the choice of a flexible schedule to pursue the needed prerequisites for a master’s program in speech-language pathology.

Upon completing the PreSLP program, students demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases.

Students are strongly encouraged to take all PreSLP courses unless their records indicate that they have taken equivalent courses and earned a B or higher in those courses. By completing the PreSLP program, students are prepared to apply to a graduate program in speech-language pathology. However, entrance into the PreSLP program does not guarantee acceptance into La Salle’s graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program.

Mission

PreSLP Mission Statement

The Pre-Speech-Language Pathology (PreSLP) program provides post-baccalaureate students who do not have the required background in communication sciences and disorders with the prerequisite courses in basic human communication sciences needed to successfully pursue a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Program Goals

  • Baccalaureate Students complete prerequisite courses in basic human communication sciences needed to apply to a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Upon completing the PreSLP program, students demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases.

Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. The student will demonstrate knowledge of the principles of the biologic sciences, statistics, and social/behavioral sciences.
  2. The student will demonstrate knowledge of basic communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
  3. The student will apply critical thinking to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information.
  4. The student will identify professional and clinical practice issues in the field of speech pathology.

Program Specific Information

General ASHA Certification Requirements

The current ASHA certification guidelines require students to complement their courses in basic human communication sciences with additional courses. These guidelines require students to have a course in biology, physical science (chemistry or physics), and statistics. In addition, students need to have courses in the social and behavioral sciences. Currently, La Salle does not offer most of these courses online. Students who have not completed these requirements on the undergraduate level may have to take these courses on either La Salle’s campus or another institution to gain the credits needed to be accepted into a master’s program.

To fulfill these requirements, La Salle University suggests the following:

  • BIO 164 WB - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (Biological Sciences)
  • PHY 205 - Essentials of Physics for Health Sciences  or CHM 161 Chemistry of the Life Sciences and CHL 161 Laboratory (Physical Sciences)
  • HSC 217 - Statistics for the Health Sciences (Statistics)
  • PSY 155 - Introduction to Psychology  (Social and Behavioral sciences)

Academic Requirements

The following courses are the recommended PreSLP courses and will be offered online. Note that W indicates online and P W courses are limited to students enrolled in the PreSLP program:

  • COSD 100P W
  • COSD 102P W
  • COSD 200P W
  • COSD 202P W
  • COSD 203P W
  • COSD 211P W
  • COSD 304P W
  • COSD 306P W
  • COSD 308P W
  • COSD 314P W

Course Sequence

  • COSD 100P W
  • COSD 102P W
  • COSD 200P W
  • COSD 202P W
  • COSD 203P W
  • COSD 211P W
  • COSD 304P W
  • COSD 306P W
  • COSD 308P W
  • COSD 314P W

However, students can complete one or more courses in PreSLP as needed and available.

Degree or Certificate Earned

none

Number of Courses Required for Program Completion

N/A

Number of Credits Required for Program Completion

N/A

GPA Required for Program Completion

N?A

Program Contact Information

 

Maureen Costello, PH.D, CCC-SLP

 Director and Advisor for  the PreSLP Program

costellm3@lasalle.edu

215.951.1888 / Fax: 215.951.5171

St. Benilde Tower 2208

 

Course Descriptions

COSD 100P W - Introduction to Language and Communication

This course presents an introduction to linguistics, which is the study of human language and communication.  Each major branch of linguistics is surveyed with an emphasis on the structure, content, and use of English.  This course also explores language variation and the relationship between language and culture, language and the brain, and how children develop language.  Students practice techniques for linguistic analysis, and clinical applications to the fields of speech-language pathology and psychology are discussed.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

COSD 102P W - Introduction to Communication Disorders

This course is an introductory survey of normal processes and disorders of speech, language, and hearing. The behavioral and social consequences of communication disorders in people throughout the life span are presented. Different categories, symptoms, and causes of communication disorders are examined. The roles of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders are discussed. Preferred American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) practice patterns pertaining to a variety of professional situations are surveyed.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

COSD 200P W - Phonetics

This course involves the exploration and study of American English pronunciation through the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Students will be trained in transcription of English phonemes and allophones and introduced to distinctive feature analysis, phonological rules, prosodic features, dynamics of articulation, American dialectical variants, and developmental phonology.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

COSD 202P W - Anatomy And Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the structural organization (anatomy), function (physiology), and neural control for speech production and hearing. The course will emphasize both normal and disordered systems. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

Prerequisites: BIO 158 or BIO 210 or BIO 161 and BIO 162, or BIO 164P WB, or permission of instructor.

COSD 203P W - Language Development

This course explores the specific nature, sequence, and patterns of language development from birth through adolescence and its relation to other aspects of child development. Conditions that place infants and children at risk for speech and language disorders are explored. Patterns of normal language development are discussed as a guide for the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental language disorders.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

Prerequisites: COSD 100, COSD 100P W, or permission of instructor.

COSD 211P W - Acoustic Bases of Speech and Hearing

This course explores the physical characteristics of speech sounds and the psychophysical processes involved in hearing and speech perception. Sound waves, resonance, decibels, and spectrogram reading are discussed. Computer applications with practical implications are explored.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

COSD 304P W - Introduction to Audiology

This course is a survey of the field of audiology, including the measurement of hearing and the nature and causes of hearing impairment in infants, children, and adults. Students are introduced to strategies used by audiologists and physicians in managing hearing impairment.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

COSD 306P W - Neurological Bases of Communication and Behavior

This course is an examination of the structure (neuroanatomy), organization (neurophysiology), and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems as they relate to speech, language, hearing, and cognition. Behavioral manifestations of normal and abnormal brain functioning are contrasted.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

Prerequisites: COSD 202 or COSD 202P W or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

COSD 308P W - Clinical Procedures in Speech and Language Pathology

This course introduces the speech-language-hearing science major to the clinical and supervisory process. Basic information regarding certification, professional standards, and ethics are discussed. Goal setting, lesson planning, methods of observing, describing and recording behavior, informal assessment, and related topics are also discussed. Behavioral observation and computer technology in the measurement and modification of speakerlistener attributes are examined. Students develop clinical writing skills appropriate to various speech-language pathology settings. This course is an introduction to the clinical practicum experience and requires observation of a wide variety of clinical cases.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

Prerequisites: COSD 102, COSD 200, COSD 203, COSD 102P W, COSD 200 P W, COSD 203 P W, or equivalents, or permission of instructor.

COSD 314P W - Diagnostic Procedures in Speech and Language Pathology

This course provides the student majoring in speech-language-hearing science with a framework for understanding the diagnostic process in speechlanguage pathology. General topics in the area of diagnostics are discussed, including obtaining and interpreting assessment information. Report-writing and presentation of findings are examined. Observations of diagnostic testing by an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)certified speech-language pathologist are required. Principles and procedures common to the diagnosis of most communication and swallowing disorders are considered. Assessments of culturally and linguistically different individuals are surveyed. The ASHA Code of Ethics is emphasized. Standardized testing as well as alternatives to standardized testing are explored.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: For PreSLP Students only. Not available to CSD day students. Students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

Prerequisites: COSD 102, COSD 200, COSD 203, COSD 102P W COSD 200P W, COSD 203 P W, or equivalents, or permission of instructor.