Post-Baccalaureate Series Traditional Residential Program

Post-Baccalaureate Series

Students with a bachelor’s degree not in communication science and disorders or speech-language pathology and audiology must complete preliminary coursework prior to applying to graduate school in speech-language pathology at The University of Akron.   This includes 15 credits of post baccalaureate (leveling) coursework.  The coursework comprises speech and hearing science, language development, phonetics, and anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism. 

The post baccalaureate series is not a degree granting program; therefore, students are not accepted or rejected into the series.  Students do not “apply” to the program or “graduate” with a degree after completing the program.  This program covers the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Standards IV-A and portions of IV-B and ensures the necessary prerequisites to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology.

Admission to most graduate programs in speech-language pathology is highly competitive. Upon completion of the post-baccalaureate requirements, a student is eligible to apply to UA's graduate speech-language pathology program, provided they receive a C or higher in each prerequisite course.  However, admission is not guaranteed to the graduate program. UA’s post-baccalaureate program course sequence appears below. Courses are offered once a year.

Fall Semester

Course Number

Required course work (11 credits)


ASHA Standard


Intro to Clinical Phonetics


(ASHA Standard IV-B)

(basic human communication processes – linguistic)


Language Science and Acquisition (Online)


(ASHA Standard IV-B)

(basic human communication processes – developmental)




Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism


(ASHA Standard IV-B)

(basic human communication processes – biological, neurological)


Observations and Clinical Techniques (Online)


Clinical Methods Class


Spring Semester

Course Number

  Required course work (4 credits)


ASHA Standard


Intro: Hearing & Speech Science (Online)


(ASHA Standard IV-B)

(basic human communication processes – acoustic)


In addition to the above post-baccalaureate (leveling) coursework, students must meet ASHA Standard IV-A. This includes college level coursework in the following:

• At least one 3-credit hour course in statistics.

Biological Science:

• One 3-credit hour  course in the biological sciences (general human anatomy & physiology, biology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science).

Physical Science:
• One 3-credit hour course in physical sciences (must be chemistry or physics).

Behavioral/Social Science Coursework:
• One 3-credit hour course in behavioral social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health).

Guidelines Regarding Post-Baccalaureate Students’ GPA Calculation

Effective Fall, 2017

Applies to: students who have completed their original bachelor’s degrees in a field other than SLP/A, regardless of when that degree was completed.

GPA calculation for graduate admissions:

(a) The undergraduate GPA for our formula will be calculated from the last 3 full-time undergraduate semesters that the applicant has completed plus any post-baccalaureate credit hours. 

(b) The “in-field” GPA for our formula will be calculated using at least 9 credit hours from the post-baccalaureate coursework.

Students must submit transcripts for their post-baccalaureate courses to be considered for admission.

For additional information regarding our traditional (residential) post baccalaureate series, please email Marci Tomajko. 
For additional information regarding the post baccalaureate series for the distance learning program, please email Mrs. Caitlin Perry.

NOTE: For students completing post-bacc coursework at other universities, please refer to the Pre-Requisite Coursework requirements on the traditional graduate program Admission Standards page ( or the distance learning information page (  
See The America Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website for more information on coursework.