Program Requirements

The information below applies to the Fall 2023 admission cycle.

In order to apply for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, students must complete all program, academic and practicum requirements, which include: successful completion of the department’s academic, supervised practicum, and research requirements, as well as passing the comprehensive examination.  Successful completion of the program does not itself insure certification and/or licensure.  Each student is responsible for familiarizing himself/herself with the applicable certification and licensure requirements.


Prerequisite requirements within the field of Communication Sciences & Disorders depend on your undergraduate degree as follows:

  • If you have (or will have) a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology, that degree satisfies your pre-requisite requirements.
  • Students with undergraduate degrees that are NOT in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology must complete a sequence of 30 hours of coursework in communication disorders prior to admission into the program. Recommended courses include:
    • Phonetics
    • Language and Speech Acquisition
    • Speech Anatomy and Physiology
    • Speech and/or Hearing Science
    • Speech Sound Disorders
    • Clinical Methods
    • Language Disorders
    • Neurology or Cognition
    • Audiology
    • Speech and Language Diagnostics

In addition, specific general coursework is required by to be certified as a speech-language pathologist and by some states to begin working as a speech-language pathologist. We recommend that these courses be completed prior to enrolling in the graduate program. These include an undergraduate course in each of the following areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Social Sciences /Behavioral Sciences

If you have further questions, contact The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at 501-603-1023.