SLP Undergraduate Emphasis


Students who choose to pursue a career in speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology need to know that the entry-level into the practice of either profession is a graduate degree (a master's degree in the case of speech-language pathology; a doctorate in the case of audiology).  Applicants for graduate study in speech-language pathology must complete a prescribed curriculum of foundational information prior to initiating the graduate degree.  The coursework described below will fulfill the prerequisite requirements of most SLP graduate programs and prepares students for graduate study.  Although not always required for graduate study in audiology, many programs prefer that their applicants have some or all of the courses below.  This curriculum also provides an excellent background for students who will pursue graduate study in related disciplines.

Admission to Program

GVSU students who wish to matriculate in the prescribed curriculum as part of their baccalaureate degree may either 1) declare a major in Allied Health Sciences with an Emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology, or 2) declare and complete the requirements of another GVSU major while concurrently completing the required courses below.  Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree, whether from GVSU or another institution, may also enroll in these courses.  Regardless of the track of entry, those who wish to enroll in these courses (except for SLP 200) must apply for admission by completing a Secondary Admission Application (available November 2016).  Application materials may be submitted either electronically (macauleb@gvsu.edu) or by regular mail to Dr. Beth Macauley, Coordinator of Admissions, Dept of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Grand Valley State University, 515 Michigan Street NE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Required Courses for the Speech-Language Pathology Emphasis:

Most of the subject matter covered in this emphasis is also offered in the majority of other undergraduate programs in speech-language pathology in the country, although some of these courses are not offered at other institutions for undergraduate credit.  The intent is to provide an outstanding preparatory experience for GVSU students that goes above and beyond what many other institutions provide. 

  • SLP 200 - Introduction to Communication Disorders Credits: 3
  • SLP 302 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism Credits: 3
  • SLP 303 - Language Development Credits: 3
  • SLP 304 - Phonetics Credits: 3
  • SLP 305 - Introduction to Hearing Science Credits: 3
  • SLP 306 - Speech Science Credits: 3
  • SLP 307 - Language Disorders Credits: 3
  • SLP 308 - Articulation and Phonological Disorders Credits: 3
  • SLP 309 - Basic Audiology Credits: 3
  • SLP 401 - Neurological Foundations of Communication Disorders: 3
  • SLP 402 - Voice and Fluency Credits: 3
  • SLP 403 - Diagnostics in Communication Disorders Credits: 3
  • SLP 404 - Aural Rehabilitation Credits: 3
  • SLP 405 - Clinical Methods Credits: 3

NOTE:  All information provided on this page is superseded by the official university catalog.  Current and prospective students are encouraged to review the program requirements as specified in the current catalog and in conjunction with departmental and university advisors.

Page last modified September 14, 2016