To be considered, an applicant must:
Admissions requirements for the 2022-2023 cycle have changed. Please review the below requirements carefully. (updated: 7/13/22)
- Submit a properly completed application to the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Detailed instructions regarding the completion of the application and personal statement are provided on the CSDCAS website.
- Complete a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university. It is recommended that an applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale from his/her graduating institution. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA should consult with the Salus University Office of Admissions prior to applying.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or currently attending) directly to CSDCAS.
- Complete admissions prerequisites (see section below) at the college level at an accredited institution(s). No more than two prerequisite courses will be accepted with a minimum grade of 'C.' All other prerequisites must have a grade of 'B-' or better.
- Obtain a minimum of 25 hours of directed clinical observation of a certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP).
- A blend of live, in-person as well as recorded observation is accepted.
- 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.
- Submit three letters of recommendation; one letter must be written by a person with authority (e.g., professor, work supervisor, etc.) who knows you well enough to speak to your work ethic and professionalism, and can assess your qualifications for graduate education, ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for entering a health profession career. Letters from an ASHA-certified, state licensed speech-language pathologist as well as a professor who has taught you in a course are recommended.
- Arrange for required letters of recommendation to be sent directly to CSDCAS.
- International Students, please review any additional requirements in the drop down section below.
- All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the University and cannot be returned.
- Students will be required to meet University compliance requirements upon matriculation.
ASHA.org - The ASHA Leader - January, 2014 Article - Craft a Stand-Out Application
The following prerequisites are based on the latest accreditation standards set forth by the CAA (last revised April 2019) and the standards of Salus University. Please visit the ASHA website for more information.
All required course work must be completed at the college level at an accredited institution(s). No more than two prerequisite courses will be accepted with a minimum grade of 'C.' All other prerequisites must have a grade of 'B-' or better.
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.
Credit by examination (such as AP credits) is permitted for any prerequisites needed to apply for the speech-language pathology program. No credit is given for experiential learning.
The applicant must have successfully completed one semester of each of the following courses:
- Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science) – 1 semester
- Physical Science (e.g., physics or chemistry) – 1 semester
- Social/Behavioral Science (psychology, sociology, anthropology or public health) – 1 semester
- Statistics (math, biology or psychology) – 1 semester
- Introduction to Communication Disorders – 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
Please note: Courses in the biological, physical, and the social/behavioral sciences should include content areas that will assist students in acquiring the basic principles in social, cultural, cognitive, behavioral, physical, physiological, and anatomical areas useful to understanding the communication/linguistic sciences and disorders.
Prerequisite credits completed five or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis.
The University highly encourages - but does not require - additional coursework in Neurology of Communication Sciences (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology), Voice, Fluency, Diagnostics, Treatment Considerations, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, and Language Disorders.