Thank you for your interest in WKU Pre-SLP!
We will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2021 program in October.
If you already have a Bachelor's degree but lack the academic background in Communication
Sciences and Disorders required to apply to graduate programs in speech-language pathology,
this leveling opportunity may be for you. Upon completing the Pre–SLP program, students
will have gained the foundational base of understanding in basic human communication
and swallowing processes including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological,
developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases. This program does not result in a certificate
or Bachelor's Degree, nor does it guarantee acceptance to the Master's program in
Criteria for Admission
• 3.0 cumulative GPA from your most recent completed degree, or in-progress degree if one has not been completed.
• Completed Bachelor's degree in any field by the time you would begin Pre-SLP courses.
The Pre-SLP program is entirely Web-based (all courses are online and require no visits to campus) and is offered sequentially, leading to completion in four semesters. It offers the 8 prerequisite courses required for admission to the WKU Master's degree program, for a total of 24 credits. CD 290 Observation is offered as an optional Pass/Fail course for one credit.
A cohort will begin each summer, with the following course sequence:
- Summer (May – August)
•CD 481 Normal Speech & Language Development
•CD 347 Science of Speech and Hearing (formerly titled: Bases of Speech)
- Fall (August – December)
•CD 405 Phonetics
•CD 486 Language Disorders
•CD 290 Clinical Observation**
- Spring (January – May)
•CD 483 Articulation Disorders
•CD 484 Speech Anatomy and Physiology
•CD 290 Clinical Observation**
•CD 482 Audiology
•CD 485 Assessment in Communication Disorders
•CD 290 Clinical Observation**
** CD 290 is offered each semester as an optional Pass/Fail course, but you would only enroll one time in the course. This course is designed to allow you to gain the 25 observation hours necessary for the graduate program. Prior to enrollment you would want to ensure that you have a site with an ASHA-certified SLP in which you would be allowed to observe therapy for 25 hours over the course of the semester.
Changes to this sequence may be made based on faculty and student needs. There is currently not an option for beginning the course sequence in the fall or spring semesters.
Read more about each course in the Pre-SLP course sequence here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How is the coursework presented?
Our faculty use Blackboard course management software and videoconferencing software as platforms for presenting learning materials, resource links, and instructional guidance. It also enables you, your professor, and classmates to communicate with each other in real time. Using Blackboard and videoconferencing, your professor can present materials using several multimedia resources (including audio, video, animation, charts, etc) so that your classes are presented in the most effective way.
You will have designated weekly or biweekly synchronous class meeting times for each course for which you will be expected to be logged into the course for instruction just as you would attend classes face to face.
When are classes held?
The specific days that classes meet vary from semester to semester, but are always Monday through Thursday evenings. The earliest start time is typically 5:00 pm Central Standard Time, however classes often have a later start time. Classes typically last 1 to 1.5 hours. You are expected to log in and attend class on a regular basis.
Are there any other required courses?
ASHA requires basic science courses in order to obtain certification. Successful completion of a 3 credit hour course must be completed in the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics. You can find more information about ASHA's certification standards HERE (See standard IV).
These courses do NOT have to be completed to apply to the pre-SLP program.
These courses are not a mandatory part of the Pre-SLP program, however they will need to be completed before applying to WKU's Master's of Speech Pathology Program. You may complete any needed courses before the pre-SLP program or concurrently with the Pre-SLP program.
These courses may have been taken as a part of your bachelors degree. If not, they may be completed at WKU or other institution of your choice.
What if I have already taken some of the prerequisite courses?
If you have already taken a prerequisite course, whether from WKU or another university, you do not have to retake the class as long as it has been approved as equivalent to the WKU course.
Will you accept CSD courses from another university?
Yes, WKU accepts many courses from other universities. To view a list of all the approved prerequisite courses from other schools that have been reviewed so far, visit the following webpage: Prerequisite Courses Approved for Equivalency
If your course is not listed, it will need reviewed by our committee.
Will the courses from the Pre-SLP Program transfer to other universities?
Yes, you can transfer WKU's prerequisite courses to another university. It is your responsibility to contact the university you are considering transferring them to in order to determine if they will be accepted by that particular university.
How much does the program cost?
Current tuition rates can be found HERE. The Pre–SLP courses are considered undergraduate distance learning courses. Distance learning tuition rates are the same for in–state and out–of–state students.
Note: The price listed is per credit hour. The Pre-SLP Program consists of a total of 24 credit hours (plus the optional 1 hour observation course).
Is financial aid available?
The Pre-SLP program is financial aid eligible. Tips for applying for financial aid. WKU also offers a tuition payment plan which allows you to break tuition payments up throughout the semester. For specific questions regarding financial aid, contact the Department of Student Financial Assistance
Do I need to take the GRE to apply to the Pre-SLP program?
No, the GRE is not required to apply to the Pre-SLP program.
Where can I find out more about distance learning?
The Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) offers excellent resources to assist online learners. Their website has a number of helpful topics including an orientation to online learning and helpful information to aid you in determining if online learning is right for you. Here is a link to their website: WKU Online
What computer and technology requirements are there?
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at WKU uses Adobe Connect Pro for most (if not all) of the on-line courses and web-enhanced courses. To be able to participate fully in these classes students should have the following computer hardware and software, along with DSL/Cable/or T1 internet connection (dial-up service is not acceptable) at a minimum:
Minimum Technology Requirements
Windows Operating System
- 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8; 2GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®
- Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
- 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8; 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended) for Windows Vista
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
- Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3
Mac Operating System
- 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor
- 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
- Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7.4, 10.8
- No Adobe Connect Add-in support for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). Users on Leopard can attend meetings in the browser.*
- Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
- Adobe Flash Player 10.3
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