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Masters of Science Program

Frequently Asked Questions


1.      When will the JU master’s program in speech pathology start?
We anticipate admitting our first group of students in fall 2014, pending approval from the Council on Academic Accreditation. Now is the perfect time to send in your application.
2.      How do I apply?
The application process will be primarily online. Please contact Dr. Christine Sapienza at csapien@ju.edu​ for further information. 
3.      What should I include in my application packet?
You will need to take the GRE and have your scores sent to Jacksonville University. You will also need to have official transcripts sent from your undergraduate institution. Additionally, you will need 3 letters of reference and a personal statement, 1 to 2 pages in length.
4.      Where will the program be housed?
The program will be housed in the new College of Health Sciences building located on Jacksonville University Campus.  This building is under construction and is slated for completion in July 2014. The building will house classrooms, speech pathology labs, and faculty offices as well as student study areas.
5.      How long will it take to complete the program?
The program consists of 60 graduate credit hours which will be completed over the course of 5 semesters for full-time students.  The final semester is a full-time 40 hour a week clinical externship.
6.      Can I be admitted without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders?
Yes, but you will need to complete the undergraduate pre-requisites either before or during the graduate program. These courses are currently offered on-line by Jacksonville University.
7.      Are part-time students accepted?
Yes, a limited number of part-time students will be accepted. Part-time students will need to meet with a CSD faculty member to plan their individual course of study and to determine the anticipated length of their program.
8.      Can I begin the program in the spring or summer semester?
No, we only accept students for admission in the fall semester.
9.      How many students will be accepted into the program?
We anticipate admitting up to 30 students per year.
10.   Can I choose a specialization as a master’s student?
The master’s degree is intended to be a general clinical degree which provides a wide-range of practical experience in the field of speech language pathology. However, if students wish to specialize in medically complex cases, there is the option to complete a 6th semester with additional clinical coursework.
11.   Can I be involved in research as a master’s student?
    Yes, there will be opportunities for students to be involved in research projects during their course of study.
12.   What courses will I take for the degree?
Click here to see the courses for the master’s program.
13.   Does the faculty have clinical experience?
Yes, all of the faculty members in the program have clinical experience and hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology. If you combine their experience, the faculty as a group has close to 70 years of clinical experience.
14.   When will I begin clinical work?
Clinical practicum experiences will begin in the 2nd semester of coursework and will continue throughout the remaining semesters. Students will be assigned to clinical sites in the greater Jacksonville community. Before graduation, you must complete a minimum of 375 practical hours in order to become certified as a speech pathologist by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. For more information visit their website at www.asha.org.
15.   What types of clinical experiences will I have as a student?
You will complete experiences with both children and adults. These experiences will be completed under the supervision of an ASHA certified and fully licensed speech language pathologist and will be arranged for you by faculty. Jacksonville has a wide variety of clinical experiences available for speech pathology students. For a current list of clinical sites, please click here.
16.    What kind of professional dress will I need for the clinical experiences?
You will be expected to dress professionally during your clinical experiences.  For women, this can include pants and a shirt, a dress, and sensible shoes. For men, pants and shirt are acceptable. Some sites may require you to purchase scrubs and will require closed-toe shoes for your protection.
17.   How do I schedule a visit to the campus?
Campus visits can be scheduled on-line at https://apply.ju.edu/portal/visitJU. 
18.   Are scholarships available?
Scholarships may be available for this program, please click here for further information.

19.   Will I be able to work part-time if I’m a full time student in this program?
Yes, but you will need to have flexibility in your schedule in order to accommodate your clinical experiences. Most clinics will require that you be on-site between 10 and 15 hours per week. It is often easiest to work in the evenings or on weekends in order to participate fully in clinical experiences.  You must finish 375 clinical hours prior to your graduation from the master’s program. These hours cannot be completed if you are not actively enrolled in the program.
20.   Will I be able to find a job when I graduate?
Yes, there is a high need for speech-language pathologists. They work in schools, outpatient clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation hospitals. In fact, federal law requires most healthcare facilities to provide speech pathology services. There are great needs in rural areas and school systems.
21.   Once I finish my degree, are there any other requirements that I must meet?
Yes, you must complete a nine-month clinical fellowship before you are eligible for certification by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (http://www.asha.org/certification/SLPCertification/). During the fellowship, you will work on your own but will have a mentor to evaluate and support you. Clinical fellowships are fully salaried. In many states, you will need a provisional license to work as a clinical fellow. You will also be required to pass the Praxis examination in speech pathology for certification. (http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/PRAXIS/taag/0330/about.htm


Undergraduate Course Offerings 

Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in our undergraduate courses? We are NOW offering exciting pre-requisite undergraduate courses! Come learn about the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Please email Dr. Christine Sapienza if you have questions at csapien@ju.edu


Question 1: What is a pre-requisite course in Communication Sciences and Disorders?
Answer: A pre-requisite course is a course required before you start a graduate program in speech-language pathology.
Question 2: Why do I need to take pre-requisite courses?
Answer: Most accredited graduate programs require these courses to qualify for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS SLP). JU’s proposed graduate program (anticipated start fall, 2014) will require completion of these courses and strongly recommends taking as many of them prior to admission into the graduate program. However, if they are not taken prior to matriculation into the JU graduate program, a student may complete them as non-graduate credits concurrent with the graduate study.
Question 3: How many credits of pre-requisite courses are required?
Answer: Typically 15 credit hours in the area of Communication Sciences and Disorders are necessary to qualify for the MS SLP at most accredited institutions http://www.asha.org/Certification. *Check each accredited program’s admission requirements to ensure successful application.

**The Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Jacksonville University will be requiring the following pre-requisites and offering them to our community

Spring 2014
CSD 200 – Phonetic Theory and Transcription (3 credits)
CSD 201 – Speech and Language Development (3 credits)
CSD 202 - Introduction to Speech Production Disorders (3 credits)
CSD 203 – Introduction to Clinical Management (2 credits)
CSD 300 - Neuroanatomy (3 credits)
CSD 301 – Speech Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits)
CSD 302 – Acoustics (3 credits)
CSD 400 – Clinical Observation (3 credits)

Summer 2014
CSD 200 - Phonetic Theory and Transcription (3 credits)
CSD 201 - Speech and Language Development (3 credits)
CSD 202 - Introduction to Speech Production Disorders (3 credits)
CSD 203 – Introduction to Clinical Management (2 credits)
CSD 300 - Neuroanatomy (3 credits)
CSD 301 – Speech Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits)
CSD 302 – Acoustics (3 credits)
CSD 400 – Clinical Observation (3 credits)
CSD 3XX- Special Topics Course

**The pre-requisite courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders are repeated each semester to ensure that students can access the necessary prerequisites in order to meet graduate admission criteria.​​