The Speech-Language Pathology department offers post-baccalaureate coursework for students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than communication disorders who wish to complete some or all of the prerequisite courses necessary for admission into many master’s programs in speech-language pathology. While these courses satisfy the prerequisites for admission into Loyola’s graduate program, it is critical to note that completion of this coursework does not include automatic matriculation into the graduate program. It is the student’s responsibility to investigate the prerequisite criteria for non-Loyola master's programs. There is no limit to the number of post-baccalaureate courses in which a student can enroll (contingent upon completion of course prerequisites, if applicable, and space availability).
Post-Baccalaureate Coursework (Cohort) Note: The Cohort option will no longer be available starting Fall 2014. Any applications received after February 1, 2013 will be considered for the non-cohort option only.
Post-Baccalaureate Coursework Option (Non-Cohort)
Post-Baccalaureate, or 'Foundation' coursework consists of the following nine courses, which can be completed in one year of full-time enrollment.
- Anatomy and Physiology: Speech and Voice (3 credits)
- Articulation and Phonology (3 credits)
- Fundamentals of Audiology (4 credits)
- Observation Methods in SP/A (3 credits)*+
- Phonetics (3 credits)
- Professional and Technical Writing in SLP/A (2 credits)*
- Speech and Language Development (3 credits)
- Speech and Voice Science (3 credits)
- Survey of Communication Disorders (1 credit)
* Denotes a course that is recommended, but not required
+ Students who have not completed a course in Observation Methods must submit proof of 25 observation hours signed by an ASHA certified supervisor prior to enrolling in the graduate program.
Applicants interested in taking foundation coursework are encouraged to first contact the Speech-Language Pathology Department in order to discuss course availability (Ms. Emilie Aguilar, firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that while applications will be reviewed for entry in fall and spring, all spring courses have prerequisites. Students who have these prerequisites from another institution will be required to submit materials for review (e.g., syllabus, course description, final products) prior to enrolling in the post-baccalaureate course.
For specific admission policies and application procedures, please see our admission page and the financial aid website.The admission committee considers most favorably those graduates who maintained at least a B (3.000) average during the final two years of undergraduate coursework. Deadlines for admission are August 1 (Fall semester) and December 1 (spring semester). Please note that non-cohort post-baccalaureate students are only eligible for financial aid for one consecutive 12-month period, if enrolled at least half time (6 credits per semester).
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