Online Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at Idaho State University

The online master of speech-language pathology degree program at Idaho State University prepares graduates to begin a career as a speech pathologist. Students learn how to help people with communication needs in a variety of settings, including medical, educational and other clinical environments.

The information below has been collected from Idaho State University’s website. Please be advised that program information and requirements may change, so check with the university for the most up-to-date information.

Idaho State University Online SLP Program Overview

The online master’s in speech pathology at Idaho State University is a virtual version of the on-campus program, with coursework and virtual classroom experiences that are as similar as possible to the on-campus program.

The program has a strong evidence-based practice clinical focus, with academic coursework that’s completely online so students can learn wherever it’s convenient to them. During the 36-month, part-time program, there are two on-campus clinical practicum experiences held during the summers. The first requires eight weeks of participation, and the other is one week. 

The online SLP program at Idaho State University consists of nine semesters, with 60-63 credit hours. Students have a thesis or non-thesis option. The non-thesis option consists of approved electives.

Courses include:

  • Advanced Issues in Language Disorders
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Clinical and Off-Campus Practicum
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Disorders of Swallowing
  • Early Language Development and Disorders
  • Externship in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Fluency Disorders in Children and Adults
  • Neurogenic Disorders of Language and Cognition
  • Neuropathologies of Speech
  • Principles of Research in Communication Disorders
  • Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology
  • School-Age Language Development and Disorders
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Voice Disorders

All students must complete a minimum of an eight-week, full-time externship in some professional program or agency during the final summer semester. The externship may be completed where the student lives. No relocation is necessary.

Idaho State University Speech Pathology Admissions Requirements

Students applying to the Idaho State University SLP program need to have completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, or a bachelor’s degree in any field of study with equivalent post-bachelor’s degree coursework in communication sciences and disorders.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Swallowing Mechanisms and Lab
  • Audiometry and Hearing Science
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Phonetics and Phonology
  • Clinical Processes Adult
  • Clinical Processes Pediatric
  • Educational Audiology
  • Interdisciplinary Evaluation Team
  • Language Development and Disorders
  • Language Science
  • Neuroscience for Communication Disorders
  • Speech Science: The Acoustical Nature of Sound and Speech
  • Speech Sound Development and Disorders and Lab

SPL applicants to the Idaho State University program must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on their most recent 60 credit hours. The school states the majority of applicants currently offered a seat in the program have at least a 3.4 GPA or higher.

All applicants are required to take the GRE test within the last five years. At least one subsection score (Quantitative, Verbal or Analytical) from the GRE must be at or above the 40th percentile. The school states successful applicants usually have more than one subsection score at or above the 40th percentile. If any subsection percentile score(s) are single digits, the school highly recommends retaking the GRE.

Other admissions requirements for the online master’s in speech pathology at Idaho State University program include:

  • College transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least two coming from college-level instructors. For the remaining letter, it’s acceptable to come from a college faculty member, employer, supervisor or volunteer work supervisor. The school highly recommends that two of the three letters come from SLP academic faculty members
  • CV/resume
  • Personal essay (400 words or less) based on a prompt the school gives

Classes for the online SLP program begin around the third full week in August. The application deadline each year is around the end of January/beginning of February.

Idaho State University Accreditation

The Idaho State University SLP program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Interested in an Online Master’s in Speech Pathology at Idaho State University?

If you’re interested in attending Idaho State University for a master’s in speech-language pathology, you can talk with admissions program representatives for more information.

Information last updated July 2020

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