College of Education and Rehabilitation
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Criteria and Prerequisite Coursework
A candidate must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university. These prerequisites are based on the latest credentialing standards set forth by the Council on Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (effective September 1, 2014) and the standards of Salus University.
It is recommended that an applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale from their graduating institution. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA should consult with the Salus University Office of Admissions prior to applying.
Prerequisite credits completed ten or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis.
The applicant must have successfully passed three semester credits of each of the following courses with a 3.0 (B) or better:
- Biological Science (Human Biology with Lab*, unless lab fulfilled with Physical Science) – 1 semester
- Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry with Lab*, unless lab fulfilled with Biological Science) – 1 semester
- Social/Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or Public Health) – 1 semester
- Statistics (Math, Biology or Psychology) – 1 semester
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism – 1 semester
- Phonetics – 1 semester
- Speech and Hearing Science – 1 semester
- Introduction to Audiology – 1 semester
- Normal Speech-Language Development – 1 semester
- Phonology & Language Disorders - 1 semester
*One lab required for either Biological Science or Physical Science.
The University highly encourages - but does not require - additional coursework in Neurology of Communication Sciences (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology), Voice and Fluency, Diagnostics, Treatment Considerations and Linguistics.
An applicant need not have completed all prerequisites prior to filing an application, but must be able to complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to enrollment.
To be considered an applicant must:
- Submit a properly completed application online, plus a non-refundable application fee in the amount of $50.00 via online payment.
- Should submit official transcripts from all colleges (undergraduate, graduate, professional) from all colleges attended. Partial transcripts should be submitted if courses are still in progress. Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the Salus University Office of Admissions from each institution. Transcripts will not be accepted from the applicant. A transcript marked “Issued to Student” is not acceptable, even when submitted in a sealed envelope.
- Complete 25 hours of directed Clinical Observation of a certified (CCC-SLP) speech-language pathologist. A minimum of two (2) different SLP settings are highly recommended. Observations may be performed as a volunteer and/or via employment in a non-speech-language pathology capacity.
- Satisfactory score results (50 percentile rankings or higher recommended) on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) offered by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
- Three (3) letters of recommendation reflecting on your ability to handle the rigors of graduate studies as well as characteristics you possess as a future health scientist in the discipline of speech-language pathology. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the Salus University Office of Admissions. They must also be written on letterhead and include the author's signature. Specifically, letters should be from the following individuals:
- One letter from a ASHA-certified, state licensed speech-language pathologist regarding your personality, work ethics, shadowing/observation experiences;
- One letter from a college/university faculty member at the undergraduate level, post-baccalaureate pre-requisite coursework level; or a research supervisor who can assess and write to your ability to complete graduate studies and those character traits that as a future speech-language pathology professional;
- One letter from another person of authority (i.e., faculty, clinically related work supervisor, speech-language pathologist) regarding your work and/or who can assess your qualifications for graduate studies, your ability to complete graduate work and the contributions you can make as a future speech-language pathologist to adult and/or pediatric populations who are mentally and/or physically challenged.
- All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the University and cannot be returned.
- ASHA.org - The ASHA Leder - January, 2014 Article - How to build a good SLP Grad School application
International Students and Practitioners
For international students and practitioners who have completed course work outside of the U.S. or Canada, please provide the Office of Admissions with the following information:
- A course-by-course credential review from an accredited agency, which evidences all post-secondary studies completed. Please consult agency’s web site for requirements to complete the evaluation. An official evaluation must be sent from the agency directly to Salus University, Office of Admissions, 8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. These services are provided by various agencies including: World Education Services, PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745, Phone 212-966-6311, waxwork
- Official results of a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language (www.toefl.org) examination.
- International practitioners should submit a letter of reference from a Department Chairperson or Supervisor along with two references from former faculty.