Post-Baccalaureate Program

Post-Baccalaureate Program

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 program is not a degree granting program; therefore, students are not accepted or rejected into the program.  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.  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 (Online)


(ASHA Standard IV-B)

(basic human communication processes – biological, neurological)


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)


Highly Recommended Coursework (4 credits)




Observations and Clinical Techniques


Clinical Methods Class


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 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 (must be chemistry or 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. 

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.