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Admission Requirements

  • Application Process

    Gannon University and the Speech Language Pathology Department receives and reviews applications for the Master of Speech Language Pathology program and all applicant credentials exclusively through the Centralized Application Service for Communication Science & Disorders Programs (CSDCAS), provided by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science and Disorders (CAPCSD) and Liaison. Full application instructions can be found on the Gannon University - Ruskin, FL profile page:


    Admission Requirements     

    The program is designed as a full-time course of study. Transfers to the program will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of 6 credits may be accepted for transfer, if a grade of B or higher was achieved, and approved by the program director.

    Prior to matriculation in the program, students must complete and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or completion of equivalent coursework from an accredited college or university*
    • Cumulative prerequisite course quality point average (QPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; Grades below a "C" are not acceptable.
    • Overall undergraduate QPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale)
    • Prerequisite courses, as shown below, must be completed within ten years preceding entrance into the graduate program.
    • All prerequisite courses must be completed by June 1 in the year of enrollment.
    • A minimum TOEFL iBT score of 80 for all applicants from non-English speaking countries

    Prerequisite Course Requirements

    • Biological Sciences - 3 credits (e.g.. Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Biology)
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences - 6 credits (e.g. courses in Psychology, Sociology, Public Health)
    • Physical Sciences - 3 credits (e.g. college-level Chemistry or Physics)
    • Statistics - 3 credits (e.g. college-level Statistics course that is computational and not remedial or historical in nature)

    *Equivalent coursework includes a minimum of one course in each of the following six subjects:

    • Normal Speech and Language Development in Children
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
    • Phonetics
    • Speech and Hearing Sciences
    • Introduction to Audiology
    • Introduction to Communication Disorders

    Additional Requirements 

    • Personal interview.  Spoken English skills, as well as ethical, personal and professional qualities to fulfill the role of a speech-language pathologist will be assessed during the interview process.
    • Three letters of recommendation, which address the applicant's ethical, personal and professional qualities.
    • Twenty-five (25) hours of observation of clinical practice by an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist; observation hours should vary across settings, ages, and disorders.  These hours are only shadowing hours prior to admission; they are not part of the 400 hours required by ASHA, which should be completed as part of our academic program. View and print the SLP clinical observation hours template.
    • Personal Statement/Essay - Practice as a healthcare professional requires the ability to communicate in both verbal and written form. The Speech-Language Pathology Program expects admitted students to demonstrate graduate level competence in verbal and written communication. A writing sample, to be done on-sight, will be required to each applicant to assess his/her graduate level competence for written English.  Writing samples will be blinded and scored by SLP faculty as part of the admissions process.