The graduate program admits students with or without prior coursework in Speech-Language Pathology/Communication Disorders and Sciences.  Individuals admitted to the program who do not have the necessary prerequisites can take those courses at WPU as part of their initial graduate programming. Students without prior coursework in Speech-Language Pathology should expect up to two semesters of extra coursework compared to students who entered the program with the prerequisite background in SLP.

Prerequisite Courses (3 credits each unless otherwise noted)

  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Swallowing Mechanism
  • Clinical Observation and Methods
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Phonetics
  • Speech and Language Acquisition

Please note that as per ASHA guidelines, students must also have taken prerequisite courses in the following areas: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Statistics. See:

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