In order for students to meet current ASHA certification standards at the ASHA Web site: (http://www.asha.org/Certification/2014-Speech-Language-Pathology-Certification-Standards/), La Salle University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders includes prerequisites to graduate study. For each prerequisite, the pertinent subject matter can be acquired by taking the appropriate undergraduate course at La Salle University or an equivalent course at another institution. Applicants must have transcript grades for at least six communication sciences and disorders prerequisite courses, in order to be reviewed by the verification and application deadline of February 1st. We will not review applications from applicants who do not have the required background.
Once a student is admitted to the graduate program, their advisor scrutinizes their transcript and undergraduate course syllabi. If the student has not met all these prerequisite requirements (equivalent course title and description at the undergraduate institution) the student is required to meet these requirements at La Salle University prior to receiving the MS degree. In certain situations, students may complete some of the necessary prerequisites simultaneously with graduate study. Obtaining a grade of B or above is required. If your bachelor’s degree is not in communication sciences and disorders, you may be interested in La Salle University’s PreSLP Program.
The applicant must have transcript credit (which could include course work, advanced placement, CLEP, or examination of equivalency) for each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics. To meet the current ASHA certification requirements, students need a course in both the biological and the physical sciences. If not, they must take an undergraduate course in this area which does not count towards the master’s degree.
To fulfill these requirements, La Salle University suggests:
- BIO 161: Anatomy and Physiology I (biological sciences)
- BIO 210: Cellular Biology and Genetics
- BIO 164WB: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
- PHY 205: Essentials of Physics for the Health Sciences
- HSC 217: Statistics for the Health Sciences. Statistics is required for graduate study.
- PSY 155: Introduction to PSY
The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
To fulfill this requirement, La Salle University suggests:
At least 15 credits in approved and appropriately distributed courses in human communication processes:
- COSD 100: Introduction to Language and Communication
- COSD 200: Phonetics
- COSD 202: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Hearing Mechanisms
- COSD 203: Language Development
- COSD 211: Acoustic Bases of Speech and Hearing
- COSD 306: Neurological Bases of Communication
- COSD 102: Introduction to Communication Disorders
- COSD 304: Introduction to Audiology
- COSD 308: Clinical Procedures in Speech and Language Pathology
- COSD 314: Diagnostic Procedures in Speech and Language Pathology