Student Admissions

Requirements

Application: Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service
Deadline for verified* CSDCAS applications: Feb 1, 2020
Classes begin: May 18, 2020

*Once all of your required application materials are received, your application's status changes to Complete and your application is placed in line to be verified. Verifications occur in chronological order and on average take two weeks to complete. Once your application is verified, you will receive a notification and your application's status will change to Verified


The following are the minimum admission requirements for application to the Speech-Language Pathology Program:


1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class in the SLP Program. 

2. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). 

3. Undergraduate transcripts should document successful completion of one or more courses in each of the following four areas: #1) biological science, #2) chemistry or physics, #3) statistics, and #4) social/behavioral sciences. 

Visit Prerequisite Course Content Areas Related to SLP Certification Standards for more information. Any questions related to undergraduate prerequisites courses should be directed to the Admissions Committee. 

3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the last five years sent to GRE DI code 2231 by the application deadline. 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. There is no minimum score; however, the GRE score is heavily weighted in the evaluation and ranking of applications.The GRE scores have to be from within the past five years. For applicants who have taken the exam multiple times, the program only counts the most recent scores for all sections (no super-scoring).

5. After initial processing of applications, selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

6. Accepted students must certify that they meet the technical standards established by the program with or without reasonable accommodations. 

How to Apply

Application: Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service
Deadline for verified* CSDCAS applications: Feb 1, 2020
Classes begin: May 18, 2020

*Once all of your required application materials are received, your application's status changes to Complete and your application is placed in line to be verified. Verifications occur in chronological order and on average take two weeks to complete. Once your application is verified, you will receive a notification and your application's status will change to Verified


To complete an application for admission, send the following application materials via CSDCAS by the deadline:


1. Complete the CSDCAS Application. The CSDCAS application fee is $125.00 for the first graduate program applied to and $50.00 for each additional graduate program.

2. Official transcripts from all college-level institutions ever attended (including high school dual enrollment) sent to CSDCAS

Your registrar should mail your paper transcripts to the following address:

CSDCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

CSDCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not offer either of these services, your transcript must be sent by mail.

Please read the Transcript FAQ’s before submitting your application. 

3. Official GRE test scores sent to CSDCAS at GRE code 2213. 

4. Three letters of reference completed by instructors or supervisors via the CSDCAS Evaluation portal.

5. Resume uploaded to the Documents section of the CSDCAS application.

6. Admissions essay uploaded to the Documents section of the CSDCAS application responding to following prompt:

An issue frequently debated by the legislature concerns funding of various social/public programs, including speech-language pathology services. If you had the opportunity to present an argument to the legislature concerning the adequacy of funding of speech-language pathology services, what would your argument be?

Application Tips: 
  • Applicants should send all above materials directly to CSDCAS. Applicants should NOT send any application documents directly to the SLP program or LSU Health Shreveport.
  • Applicants may submit transcripts with coursework and degrees in-progress upon making application. 

FAQs

Is the speech-language pathology program accredited?

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.

What are the entry requirements for a career in speech-language pathology?

A strong liberal arts focus is recommended at the undergraduate level. A master’s degree is required for clinical certification and licensure.

Is an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders required?

No. The program welcomes applications from students with diverse backgrounds.

What GRE score is required for admission?

Yes. Applicants must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score from within the last five years to GRE DI code 2231 to be considered for admission. There is no minimum score; however, the GRE score is heavily weighted in the evaluation and ranking of applications.The GRE scores have to be from within the past five years. For applicants who have taken the exam multiple times, the program only counts the most recent scores for all sections (no super-scoring).

Will it help my application if I retake the GRE?

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.

How can I prepare for the GRE?

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.

Visit ets.org for more information. 

How many students are accepted into the program?

The program can accommodate up to 20 new students each year.

What prerequisite courses and experiences are required?

Undergraduate transcripts should document successful completion of one or more courses in each of the following four areas:

#1) biological science,

#2) chemistry or physics,

#3) statistics, and

#4) social/behavioral sciences. 

Visit Prerequisite Course Content Areas Related to SLP Certification Standards for more information. Any questions related to undergraduate prerequisites courses should be directed to the Admissions Committee. 

What other undergraduate courses help to prepare applicants for the program?

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.

Do you accept out-of-state students?

Preference is given to residents of Louisiana; however, out-of-state applicants will be considered for admission. Residents of Arkansas and Texas are eligible for non-resident fee waivers so that they may be considered in-state residents for the purposes of tuition.

Is it possible to enroll in the program on a part-time basis?

No. Full-time enrollment is necessary to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the program.

Is it possible to work while enrolled in the master’s program?

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.

Are faculty members active in research?

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.

Does the program specialize in a particular area of speech-language pathology?

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.

How can I learn more about the profession of speech-language pathology?

The website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has much information about the profession.

Are graduates able to find jobs in the profession?

Yes. The demand for speech-language pathologists remains very high.

What is the program’s passing rate on the PRAXIS exam in speech-language pathology?

The program’s pass rate on the PRAXIS has been 94.59% over the past three years (2017, 2018, & 2019).

What should I do if I have additional questions?

For additional information regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact faculty members Dr. Johanna Boult or Dr. Heather Anderson at jboult@lsuhsc.edu or hande1@lsuhsc.edu. Please consider a campus visit to meet the faculty and students, and to learn more about our graduate program in speech-language pathology.

The Speech-Language Pathology program assures equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or veteran's status. 


CONTACT

Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908
ShvAHStudentAffairs@lsuhsc.edu

Speech-Language Pathology 
Admissions Committee

Heather Anderson, EdD, CCC-SLP hande1@lsuhsc.edu
Johanna Boult, PhD, CCC-SLP
jboult@lsuhsc.edu