Undergraduate SLP Program

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The undergraduate SLP program at Misericordia University is a 5-year entry level masters degree program. A potential applicant can enter the undergraduate program in Speech-Language Pathology under one of two circumstances:

  1. As a Traditional Undergraduate student who has been accepted into the 5-year professional program.
  2. As an Undergraduate Transfer student who has not been conferred a baccalaureate degree.

Traditional Undergrad Students- Admissions Requirements

These students have graduated from high school but have not yet entered college. For these students, the Speech-Language Pathology curriculum is a 5-year program leading simultaneously to the baccalaureate and master's degrees.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Prospective undergraduate applicants must meet both Misericordia University's and the Speech-Language Pathology department's admissions criteria.

Misericordia University's general criteria for acceptance into an undergraduate program are:

  1. Evidence of the completion of 16 Carnegie Units, or evidence of a High School Equivalency Diploma.
  2. Results of either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from the high school principal, a guidance counselor, or a teacher.

The Speech-Language Pathology department includes additional admissions criteria. Traditional students entering the 5-year professional program must have the following criteria to be considered for acceptance into the Speech-Language Pathology department:

  1. Preference will be given to students who have graduated in the top 1/3 of their high school graduating class or achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA with a minimum combined SAT score of 1000 (math & critical reading) if SAT taken prior to March 5, 2016; or, if SAT taken after March 5, 2016, then a minimum combined SAT score of 1080 (math & critical reading) is preferred. The minimum ACT score is 22.
  2. The student must provide a typewritten essay of no more than 500 words indicating why the student wishes to pursue a career in speech-language pathology.

Evidence of exposure through volunteerism or service learning related to working with children and adults is highly desirable.

Graduate study begins in what is the fourth (traditionally the senior) year and continues through to the fifth year of study. For traditional students to advance to graduate study, certain pre-requisite criteria must be met:

  1. Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at all times.
  2. Receive a grade of "B" or better in the undergraduate speech-language pathology courses.
  3. Successfully master all course objectives for all speech-language pathology courses taken prior to the senior year (first year graduate school).
    • Students begin their speech-language pathology courses in their freshman year and will typically complete all undergraduate coursework by their junior year. Upon completion of each semester, the progress of each student in terms of which course objectives were and were not mastered during that semester will be reviewed.
    • For any course objectives not mastered, the student will be given an assignment to assist them in mastering those objectives. Students cannot take graduate level coursework if they have not mastered all objectives.

Once criteria (1) through (3) above are successfully met, the candidate is automatically granted permission to commence to graduate study (i.e., there is no need for the student to make a formal application to graduate school).

Transfer Undergrad Students - Admissions Requirements

Students who transfer into the program, either from another academic unit within Misericordia University or from another institution of higher education, will be required to meet the department's admission criteria. Students will be required to meet Misericordia University's requirements for a baccalaureate degree by taking the necessary coursework to ensure compliance with the requirements. Please refer to undergraduate admission requirements for traditional students for more details. A recommendation letter from a current professor may be substituted for a letter from a principal, guidance counselor, or teacher. Undergraduate students who are currently at Misericordia University must apply directly to the Speech-Language Pathology Department. The applications of these students should include the required documents from the admission requirements for traditional undergraduate students as well as Misericordia University transcripts.

Graduate study begins in what is the fourth (traditionally the senior) year and continues through to the fifth year of study. For traditional students to advance to graduate study, certain pre-requisite criteria must be met:

  1. Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at all times.
  2. Receive a grade of "B" or better in the undergraduate speech-language pathology courses.
  3. Successfully master all course objectives for all speech-language pathology courses taken prior to the senior year (first year graduate school).
    • Students begin their speech-language pathology courses in their freshman year and will typically complete all undergraduate coursework by their junior year. Upon completion of each semester, the progress of each student in terms of which course objectives were and were not mastered during that semester will be reviewed.
    • For any course objectives not mastered, the student will be given an assignment to assist them in mastering those objectives. Students cannot take graduate level coursework if they have not mastered all objectives.

Once criteria (1) through (3) above are successfully met, the candidate is automatically granted permission to commence to graduate study (i.e., there is no need for the student to make a formal application to graduate school).


Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete all academic coursework.
  2. Complete all clinical practicum requirements.
  3. Pass a comprehensive examination or complete a thesis during the last semester of graduate study.
  4. Show evidence of having taken the PRAXIS SLP

Students meeting criteria (1) through (4) above will be eligible for graduation. Traditional 5-year students and undergraduate transfers who have completed both the undergraduate and graduate curricula at Misericordia University will be granted both the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

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