Pre-Professional Certificate in Pre-Speech-Language Pathology

The Speech-Language Pathology Pre-Professional Program is for students with a BA, BS, or higher degree in fields unrelated to Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Pre-Professional Program consists of undergraduate courses required for graduate-level coursework in Speech-Language Pathology, where an Academic Certificate is earned upon completion of the coursework.  The Academic Certificate provides evidence of completion of pre-leveling coursework for admission to graduate school and/or licensure requirements. The sequence below will provide the foundational coursework necessary to apply for, and if accepted, enter the regular course sequence of the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program at Idaho State University.

Program Requirements

CSD 3310Speech Science: The Acoustical Nature of Sound and Speech3
CSD 3315Clinical Processes Pediatric2
CSD 3321Clinical Phonetics and Phonology3
CSD 3325
Speech Sound Development and Disorders
and Speech Sound Development and Disorders Lab
CSD 3330Language Science3
CSD 3335Language Development and Disorders3
CSD 3341Audiometry and Hearing Science3
CSD 3350
Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Swallowing Mechanisms
and Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Swallowing Mechanisms Lab
CSD 4405Neuroscience for Communication Disorders3
CSD 4445Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 4420Clinical Processes Adult2
CSD 4460Educational Audiology3
The following courses are highly recommended, but not required.
Interdisciplinary Evaluation Team 1
Speech Language Pathology Methods and Application
Total Credits36

Prior to or during the Pre-Professional year, students applying to our Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology graduate program must show evidence of having taken the following:

  • Biological sciences: At least a 100-level university course with a content area related to human or animal sciences: includes anatomy, biology, cell and molecular biology, computational biology, ecology and evolution, environmental biology, forensic biology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biosciences, natural sciences, neurobiology, neurology, physiology, and zoology. CSD Anatomy and Physiology is not acceptable.
  • Physical sciences course: At least a 100-level university course. Must be either Physics (recommended) or Chemistry.
  • Statistics: At least a 100-level university course. An acceptable description would include topics such as descriptive statistics, probability, inferential, correlation, and regression, measures of central tendency, t-tests, ANOVA, and hypothesis testing for one and two parameters. The course may be under Math, Statistics, Psychology, or Business as long as it meets the above criteria. If your statistics course is older than 10 years, it is highly recommended you retake it.
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences course: At least a 100-level university course. Includes Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology

A background in Sign Language is strongly encouraged. There is not a specific course required, but basic sign language skills are beneficial to you as a communication professional.

Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Program does NOT ensure the student a seat in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program. Students must apply by February 1st of the year he/she would like to enter the Master’s Program.