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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) describes speech language pathologists (SLPs) as healthcare providers that work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Typically SLPs can work in a variety of environments such as research, education and health care settings. SLPs often work as part of a interdisciplinary team, which may include physicians, audiologists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, teachers and more. Please visit the ASHA website for details.
To become a speech language pathologist you must graduate from an accredited masters level speech language pathology program. Typically a SLP graduate degree is a two year program after your bachelor's degree. There are currently 298 accredited speech language pathology masters degree programs in the United States.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The Centralized Application Service for Communication Sciences and Disorders Programs (CSDCAS)
Typically students apply through a centralized application system called The Centralized Application Service for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDCAS).
Cost: The CSDCAS application is $133.00 for one school + $53.00 for each additional program.
CSDCAS Fee Assistance Program
**Some SLP graduate programs have their own internal application system and may not utilize the CSDCAS.
Most speech language pathology programs do not require an entrance exam. However, some may require the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require courses not listed below. For more information about specific programs, contact that program directly.
DePaul University (Coming Autumn 2021)
St. Xavier University
Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest.
Below is a sample timeline for a Health Sciences - Public Health Science Concentration major. Please be aware that speech language pathology programs do not require or prefer a specific major and the below timeline should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.
LD - SCBI - PSY 105
LD - PI
LD - A&L
LD - PI - PHL 229
Public Health Elective
LD - SCBI
LD - HI
LD - RD
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Students who take speech language pathology courses at DePaul University may be able to receive a minimum of 15 observation hours.
Information is coming soon. Page is currently under construction.
Most programs require that a student has a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA and a 3.0 prerequisite GPA, with a B- or above in prequisite courses.
For information about a specific program, contact that program directly.