Online Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of St. Augustine

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

University of St. Augustine Online SLP Program Overview

The master’s in speech-language pathology program is part of St. Augustine’s College of Rehabilitative Services. As a graduate school that specializes in health sciences, the mission of the University of St. Augustine is “the development of professional health-care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education.” Through interactive classrooms, individual work and supervised clinical work, students learn how to diagnose and treat children and adults affected by a variety of speech, language and swallowing disorders.

The SLP program curriculum gives students what they need to be effective professionals in the speech-language world. The online master’s in speech pathology at University of St. Augustine is divided into five trimesters, which can be completed in as little as 20 months. The 55 to 58 required credit hours include 15 hours of supervised clinical experience and 40 to 43 credit hours of core classes such as early language disorders; speech sound disorders; clinical neuroscience; adult neurogenic disorders; dysphagia; fluency disorders; motor speech and cognitive communication; autism and communication; augmentative and alternative communication; voice and velopharyngeal disorders; and professional issues. Students take three credit hours of clinical practicum per trimester.

Financial aid is available for prospective students; eligibility is based on the total cost of education and the student’s ability to pay. The university has a variety of clinics, hospitals and schools across the country where you can complete your required clinical experience.

University of St. Augustine Speech Pathology Admissions Requirements

To apply for the online master’s in speech pathology at University of St. Augustine, prospective students must have completed: 

  • Bachelor’s degree: From an accredited institution.
  • Basic science prerequisite courses: 12 credit hours of basic science courses.
  • SLP prerequisite courses: All applicants must complete several prerequisite leveling courses, including speech anatomy and physiology; phonetics; audiology and aural rehabilitation; normal speech and language development; and an introduction to communication science and disorders if your bachelor’s degree is in an unrelated field.
  • 25 hours of observation: A minimum of 25 guided observation hours in a speech-language therapy setting with an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified speech-language pathologist is required; volunteer or work experience doesn’t meet this requirement.

In addition to the above, prospective students must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts: Official transcripts of all completed coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Written by an individual who can attest to your suitability for the program .
  • GPA: A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is preferred.
  • GRE score: The University of St. Augustine recommends a GRE score of 294 for the verbal and quantitative sections.
  • Writing sample: An writing sample that answers the question, “Why do you think you can make a difference in speech-language pathology?”
  • Interview: Interview(s) by the graduate admissions committee, either on-site or virtual as needed.
  • Background check: Including fingerprints and drug screening, which will be administered during the admissions process.
  • English proficiency: For foreign students, proficiency with the English language is required; this can be evidenced by the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a score of 550 on the paper-based test, 210 on the computer-based test or 83 on the online test.

All applicants must submit their applications through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS), where you must create a profile. A completed supplemental application form is also required. 

University of St. Augustine Accreditation

University of Saint Augustine’s MS-SLP program is pursuing accreditation by ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). It is currently a “candidate,” which is a pre-accreditation status with the CAA; candidacy is awarded to developing programs for a maximum of five years. The CAA awards candidacy status based on the program’s development plan and on its demonstrated commitment and ability to implement that plan. To be a candidate, a program must meet all the CAA’s requirements and standards for a period of years. 

The university is tracking where it has determined that its program properly qualifies students for state licenses. The online master’s in speech pathology at University of St. Augustine is accepting applications from prospective students in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. 

Information last updated July 2020

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