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Role of Speech-Language Pathologists

Pursuit of Speech-Language Pathology at Clemson

Speech-language-pathology is not a major. Therefore, you must choose a degree-granting major (and minor, if appropriate). Clemson offers basic science and social science prerequisite coursework required by Speech-Language-Pathology (SLP) graduate programs; however, courses in linguistics, anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, and audiology are not offered on our campus. Therefore, students must make plans to take these courses elsewhere in order to become eligible applicants for most SLP graduate programs. Be sure to accommodate prerequisite courses for your SLP schools of interest.

What is considered competitive?

Admissions criteria vary by institution and should be verified individually. A competitive GPA for the occupational therapy program at UNC in Chapel Hill has been a 3.6 in recent years, and a competitive applicant should score in the 50th percentile or higher on the GRE. Many programs require a minimum of 25 hours of documented observation with an SLP practitioner with ASHA certification.

Programs vary as it relates to when prerequisite coursework must be completed. Some programs require completion prior to application while others will provisionally accept students and allow completion of coursework at the program's institution prior to matriculation. Finally, a handful of programs will allow students to complete remaining prerequisite coursework alongside of the program curriculum. In some cases, this could add up to a year of additional time to your graduate studies.

Core Preparation Courses

      • General Biology BIOL 1030+1050 and 1040+1060 or BIOL 1100 and BIOL 1110
      • Physical Science PHYS 2070+2090 and PHYS 2080+2100 or CH 1010 and CH 1020
      • Behavioral or Social Science PSYC 2010, SOC 2010, or ANTH 2010
      • Statistics STAT 2300, STAT 3090, or MATH 3020

Courses To Be Taken Elsewhere

Categories listed here are not offered at Clemson and must be taken elsewhere.

      • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
      • Communication Disorders
      • Introduction to Audiology
      • Introduction to Language Development
      • Introduction to Phonetics

Note: Requirements vary by institution and should be verified individually.