Pre Speech-Language Pathology

Program Description

The PreSLP program provides post-baccalaureate students who do not have the necessary 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 eight undergraduate-level courses commonly recommended or required for graduate school preparation in speech-language pathology. They are offered online, affording students the choice of a flexible schedule.

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 better 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 necessary background in communication sciences and disorders with the prerequisite courses in basic human communication sciences needed to pursue a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Program Goals

  • Post-baccalaureate students will 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

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

Program Specific Information

General ASHA Certification Requirements

The current ASHA CFCC certification standards require students to complement their basic human communication sciences courses with additional classes. These guidelines require students to have a course in biology, physical science (chemistry or physics), and statistics. In addition, students need to have taken a course in the social and behavioral sciences. Students who have not completed these requirements on the undergraduate level may take these courses at La Salle.

 

Academic Requirements

The following courses are the recommended PreSLP courses and will be offered online. Note that "W" indicates that the course is online and the "P" indicates that the course is 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

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

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

Advisor for  the PreSLP Program

costellm3@lasalle.edu

215.951.1888 / Fax: 215.951.5171

St. Benilde Tower 2208

 

Staff Contact Information

Latasha Lipscomb

grad@lasalle.edu

Office of Graduate and Adult Enrollment
La Salle University- Box 826
1900 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141

 

Faculty

Courses in the PreSLP program are taught by full-time CSD faculty, as well as adjunct faculty. 

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 typical language development from birth through adolescence. The social, biological, perceptual, and cognitive bases of language are presented, and various theories of language development are compared. Students gain knowledge of the typical sequence of development in the areas of phonology, semantics, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics through language sample analysis and video observation. Other topics include bilingual language acquisition, cultural and linguistic variation, and the relationship between oral language development and literacy. Processes of typical 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 speech production, hearing, and speech perception. This course introduces the physical properties of sound waves, resonance, the source-filter theory, spectrogram reading, decibels, and speech perception. 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 students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a framework for understanding the diagnostic process in speech-language pathology. Principles and procedures common to the diagnosis of most communication and swallowing disorders are presented. Students will gain practice obtaining and interpreting assessment information including case history interviews, standardized testing, and informal assessments. Professional report writing and the presentation of findings are emphasized. Culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices are presented. The ASHA Code of Ethics in relation to assessment procedures is 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

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