The Communication Disorders post-baccalaureate (PB) program is designed as an avenue to graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than communication disorders.
This is a rigorous program, which requires a minimum of 35 hours of coursework, usually completed in two semesters (fall and spring). In order to complete this work in a timely fashion, students must take responsibility for their own learning since they will be taking courses and course prerequisites at the same time. They must also take responsibility for seeking faculty assistance when it is needed.
This coursework, along with completion of the master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, national examination and post-graduate professional experience prepares students for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and Kentucky Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. For students wishing to seek public school certification in Kentucky, additional coursework will probably be required. Some of this education coursework is available in the summer,and it is recommended that you complete this prior to entering the post-baccalaureate program. Your advisor will work with you to examine your transcripts in order to determine which courses need to be completed.
Entrance into graduate school in Speech-Language Pathology is very competitive. Students who complete the post-baccalaureate program are not guaranteed admission, but must compete with the pool of applicants in the spring prior to completion of the post-baccalaureate program. Students who completed a bachelor’s degree with less than a 3.25 Grade Point Average might have difficulty being admitted to the graduate program. It is important that you discuss this with a CDI advisor prior to beginning the program.
To enter this PB program you must be admitted to MSU and complete the Application for Admission to Post-Baccalaureate Studies in the Communication Disorders Program. Once you have completed this application you will be contacted by an advisor who will meet with you to plan your program. Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by March 15 to ensure course availability. Applications are due by July 15 for fall entry.