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Speech-Language Pathology

Career Overview:

  • As defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) a speech-language pathologist (SLP) works “to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.”
  • SLP could work in clinics, schools, hospitals, or nursing homes, targeting skills in receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language, cognition, articulation and phonology, fluency, voice, feeding and swallowing.

Full Speech-Language Pathology profile

Speech-Language Requirements:

Bachelor’s Requirements:

  • Completed application form along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official high school transcripts with courses, grades, and graduation date, GRE equivalent.
  • International student’s official student (F-1) visa or exchange visitor (J-1) visa.
  • Official test scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT).

Master’s Requirements:

  • Official transcripts indicating conferral of a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average [GPA] required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • Completion of six (6) prerequisite courses with grades equivalent to 3.0 or better (eighteen credits). (See PREREQUISITE COURSES tab for more information).  Courses must be completed before the first day of the term just prior to the term of matriculation.
  • Completion of the four (4) ASHA Knowledge Outcome courses with grades equivalent to 2.0 or better. Courses must be completed before the first day of the term just prior to the term of matriculation.
  • Two written essays (essay prompts to be found in the online application)
  • Three letters of recommendation from three (3) different individuals (e.g., instructors, supervisors, etc.) who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a master’s degree program (see forms in the online application)
  • Completion of 25 hours of clinical observation of (an) ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist(s) with appropriate documentation. Appropriate documentation is either a letter verifying completion, including name, signature, date of signature, statement re time period of completion, and ASHA certification number of the person verifying completion OR a log of all completed observations, signed by each ASHA-certified SLP observed, with the ASHA certification number of each SLP observed.  Letters are to be on letterhead or some sort of official documentation.  There is NOT a standard form for logging hours.  You can create your own, following the guidelines above.
  • Completed application form along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee.

Doctoral Requirements:

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcripts indicating conferral of a master’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (minimum 3.2 grade point average required) 
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • Copy of current vitae/resume
  • Two professional letters of recommendation by two different individuals who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a doctoral program
  • Valid documentation of the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and a copy of current state SLP licensure 
  • Written responses to questions/essays provided in the application
  • Applicant interview
  • A test score report showing that the applicant received a raw scaled score of 391–396 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The test must have been taken within the past five years. If the score falls below the minimum requirement, the applicant must submit a rationale, in essay format, providing an explanation of why scores do not reflect the applicant’s academic potential

Speech-Language Pathology Programs:

  • Bachelor of Speech Language & Communication Disorders, B.S.
  • Master of Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.
  • Doctoral of Speech-Language Pathology, SLT.D.
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