Allied Health Professions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the speech-language pathology program accredited?
A. Yes. The speech-language pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The program does not offer an audiology degree.

Q. What are the entry requirements for a career in speech-language pathology?
A. A strong liberal arts focus is recommended at the undergraduate level. A master’s degree is required for clinical certification and licensure.

Q. Is an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders required?
A. No. The program welcomes applications from students with diverse backgrounds.

Q. What GRE score is required for admission?
A. During the 2012 admissions period, the program will accept scores from either the old or the new version of the GRE general test.

Q. Will it help my application if I retake the GRE?
A. Possibly. Our policy is to use the most recent GRE scores. Applicants who feel they can improve their scores significantly are encouraged to consider retaking the GRE.

Q. How can I prepare for the GRE?
A. Information about the GRE process is available on-line and at libraries. Familiarity with the GRE format is important. Knowledge of word formation (prefixes, suffixes, Latin and Greek root forms, etc.) helps one to deduce meanings of unfamiliar vocabulary. Review of mathematic fundamentals is important. One should avoid trial and error approaches to problem solving due to time constraints.

Q. How many students are accepted into the program?
A. The program can accommodate up to 16 new students each year.

Q. What prerequisite courses and experiences are required?
A. Applicants should have at least one (non-remedial) course in each of the following areas:
-mathematics (for example, statistics)
-biological science (for example, anatomy)
-physical science (for example, chemistry)
-social/behavioral science (for example, psychology)

All other coursework can be completed during the master’s program.

Q. What other undergraduate courses help to prepare applicants for the program?
A. Courses that emphasize spoken and written communication, critical thinking, and scientific reasoning help to prepare students for the graduate program. Courses in statistics, foreign language, grammar, linguistics, public speaking, behavior modification, psychology, and anatomy are recommended.

Q. Do you accept out-of-state students?
A. Preference is given to residents of Louisiana; however, out-of-state applicants will be considered for admission.

Q. Is financial aid available?
A. Yes. The program is fortunate to receive generous support from the community. Financial aid opportunities include scholarships that are funded by the Shreveport Scottish Rite Foundation, Quota Club International of Bossier City, and the Mollie E. Webb endowment. Applications for these scholarships, as well as other financial aid opportunities, are distributed to students several times each year. Additional financial aid information is available from the LSUHSC-S Office of Student Financial Aid.

Q. Is it possible to enroll in the program on a part-time basis?
A. No. Full-time enrollment is necessary to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the program.

Q. Is it possible to work while enrolled in the master’s program?
A. Academic and clinical assignments are scheduled during weekdays between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. While most students find it difficult to work during graduate school, some have been successful while working a part-time job on weekends.

Q. Are faculty members active in research?
A. Yes. The research interests of the faculty are varied, and students are encouraged to gain experience by working with faculty on projects. Research opportunities are available in many areas, including ethics, phonological disorders, craniofacial anomalies, voice disorders, autistic spectrum, animal-assisted therapy, early literacy, swallowing disorders, neurogenic cognitive-communicative disorders, technological applications, and linguistic diversity.

Q. Does the program specialize in a particular area of speech-language pathology?
A. The program provides students with a broad range of educational experiences to meet certification and licensure requirements. As part of a major health sciences center, the program enables students to participate in professional services such as the high-risk follow-up clinic, the Children’s Center, the cleft palate clinic, toddler and preschool language groups, an adult neurogenic group, Scottish Rite clinic, and many other clinical settings.
Q. How can I learn more about the profession of speech-language pathology?
A. The website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associationhas much information about the profession.

Q. Are graduates able to find jobs in the profession?
A. Yes. The demand for speech-language pathologists remains very high.

Q. What is the program’s passing rate on the PRAXIS exam in speech-language pathology?
A. The program’s pass rate on the PRAXIS has been 100% over the past five years.

Q. What should I do if I have additional questions?
A. Please contact Dr. Hayes at (318) 632-2015 or by e-mail ( for additional information.