Post-Baccalaureate Series

For students not seeking an undergraduate degree through The University of Akron, but who are interested in applying to either to a speech-language pathology graduate program (including those offered through UA), a series of courses are available for credit. We offer an array of courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) discipline. Students do not need to formally admitted to the school's undergraduate degree program or major and they will not “graduate” from the series. Completion of these courses simply allows students with bachelor’s degrees in other majors to meet the eligibility criteria to apply for graduate programs in speech-language pathology

While many undergraduate majors and degrees (e.g., education, psychology, linguistics, biology, sociology, and human development) provide a good foundational understanding of related topics to CSD disciplines, they do not include preliminary courses required by accredited graduate speech-language pathology programs. The post-baccalaureate courses offered through our school meet the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Standards IV-A and portions of IV-B to help students achieve the necessary general education and in-field prerequisites to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology.

Students who wish to complete the speech-language pathology (SLP) post-baccalaureate series courses may do so online or on-campus through the University of Akron.

  1. First, you must apply to the University of Akron as a post-baccalaureate student: https://www.uakron.edu/admissions/undergraduate/who-are-you/post-baccalaureate.dot

  2. Once admitted, you will enroll in courses to match graduate school application requirements - it is recommended you check with your potential graduate programs to decide which courses you need

    • For additional information regarding how to apply, please contact:
      Post-Bacc Advisor: Marci Tomajko
      Phone: 330-972-7908
      Email: marci5@uakron.edu 

ASHA STANDARD  IV-A: General Education Prerequisite Courses

  • To meet eligibility criteria for admission to any ASHA accredited graduate speech-language pathology program, applicants must achieve a C or higher in each general education prerequisite course

  • Students may elect to take general education prerequisite courses at another university if applying to UA's graduate SLP program, but the course syllabi will be evaluated by a post-baccalaureate advisor

  • The following constitute the prerequisite general education courses and their categories:
     
    • 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, general biology, cell biology, molecular biology, cybernetics biology, computational biology, cytology, ecology, evolutionism, environmental biology, forensic biology, genetics, marine biology, morphology, microbiology, molecular biosciences, natural science, neurobiology, neurology, radiobiology, sociobiology, or zoology)
    • 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, ethnic and cultural studies, archaeology, area studies, criminology, geography organizational studies, economics, political science, gender and sexuality studies, or psychobiology)

ASHA STANDARD  IV-B: In-Field Prerequisite Courses

  • To meet eligibility criteria for admission to any ASHA accredited graduate speech-language pathology program, applicants must achieve a B- or higher in each in-field prerequisite courses (effective for applicants to UA's campus-based program in 2022 and distance learning program in 2023)

  • 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 will be evaluated by a post-baccalaureate advisor

  • For students interested in applying to the University of Akron's graduate SLP programs, there are different in-field prerequisite course requirements for students who plan to apply to UA's  traditional campus-based graduate program versus students who plan to apply to the collaborative distance learning (online) graduate program:

    • Campus-Based Program In-field Prerequisites

      • Introduction to Clinical Phonetics (7700:210) - 4 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Summer (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - linguistic)
      • Language Science and Acquisition (7700:230) - 4 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Summer (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - developmental)
      • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (7700:365) - 3 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Spring (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - biological; neurological)
      • Observations and Clinical Techniques (7700:446) - 4 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (online) & Summer (online); ASHA Standard Clinical Methods class
      • Introduction: Hearing and Speech Science (7700:215) - 4 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Spring (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - acoustic)

    • Distance Learning (100% Online) Program In-field Prerequisites

      • Language Science and Acquisition (7700:230) - 4 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Summer (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - developmental)
      • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (7700:365) - 3 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Spring (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - biological; neurological)
      • Introduction: Hearing and Speech Science (7700:215) - 4 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Spring (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - acoustic)

    • Recommended Additional (Non-required) In-Field Coursework

      • Organic Disorders (Neurogenic Disorders of Swallowing and Communication) (7700:422)
      • Articulation and Phonological Disorders (7700:321)
      • Language Disorders (7700:330)
      • Principles of Audiology (7700:335)


For additional information regarding our post baccalaureate series courses or how to enroll, please contact:

Post-Bacc Advisor: Marci Tomajko
Phone: 330-972-7908
Email: marci5@uakron.edu