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Thinking About Becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages with speech, language and swallowing disorders. SLPs also have the opportunity to conduct research and develop new methods and equipment to treat patients. Many SLPs work in school settings, hospitals, rehabilitation centers or private practice.  Due to their work environments, SLPs are typically part of an interprofessional health team to assist patients.

 

Preparation and Requirements

Pre-SLP students are expected to establish a strong academic record and participate in activities that better develop their interpersonal skills, their knowledge of the speech-language pathology profession, and their leadership abilities. These type of activities often include things such as employment opportunities, SLP shadowing, volunteer experiences, organizational memberships, and community service.

Application Process

There are many steps and requirements to apply to speech-language pathology school, which might include an entrance exam, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Pay close attention to the instruction manual for the centralized application service and requirements for individual programs. Meet with a Health Professions advisor to make sure you’re on track.

Application Timeline

The application cycle can take up to one year to complete. Timeline planning will vary for each individual. Think about your ideal timeline: when do you plan to start speech-language pathology school? We recommend you meet with a pre-health advisor to assess your readiness to apply.