The Health Sciences, Education & Rehabilitation actively seeks individuals with an undergraduate degree and diverse life experiences who desire to become speech-language pathologists.

To be considered, an applicant must: 

  • Submit a properly completed application to the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS)( Detailed instructions regarding the completion of the application and the essay are provided on the CSDCAS website.

  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or currently attending) directly to CSDCAS.

  • 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 their graduating institution. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA should consult with the Salus University Office of Admissions prior to applying.

  • Complete admissions prerequisites (see below) at the college level with a grade of ‘B-’ or better.

  • Report satisfactory score results (50 percentile rankings or higher recommended) on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) offered by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
    • Salus University utilizes a super score model for evaluating GRE performance, meaning that if the candidate has taken the GRE more than once, the highest score from each section is utilized when evaluating the candidate for admission. 
    • Results may be submitted directly to CSDCAS (Designated Institution code is 7157). 
    • Completion of the GRE is required within three years of your desired entrance date to the Program.
    • Applicants who have received a Master's degree are exempt from this admissions requirement. 
  • Obtain a minimum of 25 hours of directed clinical observation of a certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) in a live, interactive clinical setting with his/her client(s) present in that setting. Videotaped clinical session observations will not be approved to complete this prerequisite. 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 (3) letters of recommendation reflecting on your ability to handle the rigors of graduate studies as well as characteristics you possess as a future health scientist in the discipline of speech-language pathology. Arrange to have forwarded directly to CSDCAS the following letters of evaluation:
    • One letter from a ASHA-certified, state licensed speech-language pathologist regarding your personality, work ethics, shadowing/observation experiences;
    • One letter from a college/university faculty member at the undergraduate level, post-baccalaureate pre-requisite coursework level; or a research supervisor who can assess and write to your ability to complete graduate studies and those character traits that as a future speech-language pathology professional;
    • One letter from another person of authority (i.e., faculty, clinically related work supervisor, speech-language pathologist) regarding your work and/or who can assess your qualifications for graduate studies, your ability to complete graduate work and the contributions you can make as a future speech-language pathologist to adult and/or pediatric populations who are mentally and/or physically challenged.
  • International students, please review any additional requirements needed.
  • All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the University and cannot be returned.
Recommended read: - The ASHA Leader - January, 2014 Article - Craft a Stand-Out Application


The following prerequisites are based on the latest credentialing standards set forth by the Council on Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (last revised April 2019) and the standards of Salus University.

All required course work must be completed at the college level with 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 passed one semester of each of the following courses with a 'B-' or better:

  • 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.

The University highly encourages - but does not require - additional coursework in Neurology of Communication Sciences (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology), Voice and Fluency, Diagnostics, Treatment Considerations, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, and Language Disorders.

Prerequisite credits completed five or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis. 

Please note: Course prerequisites have changed for the Entering 2018 admissions cycle. The previous biological/physical science lab prerequisite is no longer required. (updated: 6/22/17)