Post-Baccalaureate Series

Students with a non-communication disorders bachelor’s degree must complete preliminary coursework prior to applying to either of the speech-language pathology graduate programs at The University of Akron. 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. 

Students who wish to complete the speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate courses online or on campus through the University of Akron can do so by applying to the University of Akron as a post-baccalaureate student. Visit the following webpage for additional instructions: https://www.uakron.edu/admissions/undergraduate/who-are-you/post-baccalaureate.dot.

The post-baccalaureate 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. Please note that there are differences in the speech-language course requirements for students who plan to apply to the campus-based graduate program versus students who plan to apply to the distance learning graduate program.

Admission to most graduate programs in speech-language pathology is highly competitive. Applicants must achieve a C or higher in each prerequisite course in order to be an eligible candidate. However, this does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

All students, regardless of the program that they wish to apply to, must meet ASHA Standard IV-A. This includes college level coursework in the following:

ASHA STANDARD  IV-A: General Education Prerequisite Courses

Students may elect to take these prerequisite courses at another university, but the course syllabi should be evaluated by post-baccalaureate advisor.

Statistics:
• 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).

ASHA STANDARD IV-B: In-Field Prerequisite Courses

The following lists the speech-language post-baccalaureate course requirements for students who are interested in the campus-based graduate program. These courses, or their equivalents, must be completed within 7 years from the date the student plans to start the graduate program. Students may elect to take these prerequisite courses at another university, but the course syllabi should be evaluated by post-baccalaureate advisor.

Campus-based Program

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

ASHA Standard

Term(s) Offered; Format

7700:210

Intro to Clinical Phonetics

4

(ASHA Standard IV-B)

 

(basic human communication processes – linguistic)

  • Fall; campus (face to face)

  • Summer; online
     *starting 2021

7700:230

Language Science and Acquisition

4

(ASHA Standard IV-B)

 

(basic human communication processes – developmental)

  • Fall; online
     *online in 2020 only

  • Summer; online
     *starting 2021

  • Fall; campus (face to face)
     *campus offering 
       starting in 2021

7700:365

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism

3

(ASHA Standard IV-B)

 

(basic human communication processes – biological, neurological)

  • Fall; campus (face to face)

  • Spring; online
     *starting 2021

7700:446

Observations and Clinical Techniques

4

Clinical Methods class

  • Fall; online

  •  Summer; online
     *starting 2021

7700:215

Intro: Hearing and Speech Science

4

(ASHA Standard IV-B)

 

(basic human communication processes –acoustic)

  • Fall; online
     *online only in Fall
       2020

  • Spring; online
     *starting 2021
     
  • Fall; campus (face to face)
     *starting 2021

 

The following lists the speech-language post-baccalaureate course requirements for students who are interested in the distance learning (online) graduate program. These courses must be completed within 7 years from the date the student plans to start the graduate program.

Distance Learning (100% online) Program

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

ASHA Standard

Term(s) Offered; Format

7700:230

Language Science and Acquisition

4

(ASHA Standard IV-B)

 

(basic human communication processes – developmental)

  • Fall; online
     *online in 2020
       only

  • Summer; online
     *starting 2021

  • Fall; campus (face to face)
     *campus offering
       starting in 2021

7700:365

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism

3

(ASHA Standard IV-B)

 

(basic human communication processes – biological, neurological)

  • Fall; campus (face to face)

  • Spring; online
     *starting 2021

7700:215

Intro: Hearing and Speech Science

4

(ASHA Standard IV-B)

 

(basic human communication processes –acoustic)

  • Fall; online
     *online only in Fall
       2020

  • Spring; online
     *starting 2021

  • Fall; campus (face to face)
     *starting 2021

For additional information regarding our post baccalaureate series for the campus-based or distance-learning program, please email Marci Tomajko at marci5@uakron.edu. 

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 (http://www.uakron.edu/sslpa/gslpp/adm_standards.dot) or the distance learning information page (http://www.uakron.edu/sslpa/gslpp/dl-slp-program/collab.dot).  
See The America Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website for more information on coursework.