Post-Baccalaureate Program

Students from other majors must complete preliminary coursework in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech and hearing science to be considered for UA's graduate program.

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 or any other graduate speech-language pathology program, however, admission is not guaranteed.

UA’s post-baccalaureate program course sequence appears below. Courses are offered once a year.

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 (  

Fall Semester

  • 7700:210 Introduction to Clinical Phonetics- 4 credits
  • 7700:230 Language Science and Acquisition- 4 credits
  • 7700:335 Principles of Audiology- 4 credits
  • 7700:365 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms- 3 credits
  • 7700:366 Anatomy and Physiology Lab- 1 credit

Spring Semester

  • 7700:215 Introduction to Hearing and Speech Science- 4 credits (Prereq: Intro to Clinical Phonetics)
  • 7700: 321 Articulation and Phonologic Disorders-4 credits (Prereq: Intro to Clinical Phonetics)
  • 7700: 422 Organic Disorders of Communication (Prereq: Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanism)
  • Must have 7700:215, 7700:321, 7700:422 and choose one of the following two:
  • 7700:345 Audiologic Treatment-4 credits (prereq Principles of Audiology) or
  • 7700:446 Observations and Clinical Techniques-4 credits (prereq SLPA elective)

See The America Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website for more info on coursework. The link is below.
In addition to the above coursework, students must meet ASHA Standard IV-A. This includes college level coursework in the following:

• At least one course in statistics.

Biological Science:
• One course in the biological sciences (general human anatomy & physiology, biology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science).

Physical Science:
• One course in physical sciences (chemistry, physics).

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

Guidelines Regarding Post-Baccalaureate Students’ GPA Calculation

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-bacc credit hours. 

(b) The “in-field” GPA for our formula will be calculated from whatever in-field courses the student has completed to date (generally, will be within the post-bacc program/transcript).

Students must submit transcripts from at least one semester of post-bacc courses to be considered for admission.

For additional information, please email Mrs. Nancy Harris.