Sorrento, ItalyPathways to Speech Language Pathology

Sorrento Pathways

About the Program

Jacksonville University’s award-winning Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences is now offering a Pathways to Speech Language Pathology program. For one semester, coursework will be completed online. The program then continues in Italy where you'll travel for in-person field and study experience in May of 2024.

Pathways to Speech Language Pathology is specifically designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a field other than Communication Sciences and Disorders and need to complete specific required coursework before applying to a master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). The courses meet the pre-admission requirements necessary for consideration and potential admission into an accredited SLP university in the United States and can be completed in one summer.


CSD 204: Phonetics
CSD 205: Speech & Language Development:
CSD 404: Speech & Hearing Science
CSD 314: Anatomy & Physiology/Neuroanatomy

CSD 350: Speech & Language Disorders
CSD 400: Clinical Observation

important dates

Ta sk Deadline or date
Priority Deadline (with Italy field study) February 15, 2024
Italy Airfare Confirmation Deadline March 1, 2024
Final Registration Deadline (coursework only) April 1, 2024

Why Choose Our Program?

  • Students completing the Pathways to Speech-Language Pathology program with a 3.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed a priority interview for JU's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS in SLP) program should they choose to apply.
  • Historically, 100% of the Pathways to SLP students who applied to JU's MS in SLP program have been admitted.
  • Students can customize their program based on their academic needs and choose to study the three, four, or five courses they need.
  • All courses are offered online, providing students with the highest level of flexibility.
  • The prerequisite coursework in JU's Pathways to SLP program, prepares students for Speech-Language Pathology programs nationwide.
  • The study abroad trip in Sorrento, Italy, offers students international experiential learning and better prepares them for their future careers.

How to ApplyAdmissions

  • This program first requires acceptance into Jacksonville University. Applications are now open! 
  • Upon acceptance, you will receive further information from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and the Study Abroad & Away office. 

Important Dates

Priority deadline for course registration and field study in Sorrento February 15, 2024
Airfare confirmation deadline* March 1, 2024
Final deadline for registration April 1, 2024
Online coursework May 1 - July 28, 2024
On-site field experience May 5 - May 12, 2024


*Note: Airfare and meals are not included. All students will fly into Naples (NAP) and out of Rome (FCO).


5 Courses and Clinical Observation $9,750 + $750 (Italy program fee)
4 Courses and Clinical Observation $8,750 + $750 (Italy program fee)
3 Courses and Clinical Observation $7,250 + $750 (Italy program fee)
Italy program fee $750

Tuition and Program fee includes:

  • Double occupancy hotel
  • Program related excursions
  • 24-hour on-site support
  • International medical and accidental insurance

*Note: Airfare and meals are not included. All students will fly into Naples International Airport (NAP) and out of Rome (FCO).

Italy Field Experience Itinerary 

Tentative schedule for May 4 - 14, 2024

  • Day One (Saturday, May 4th): Arrival in Naples
    • Morning: Transfer from Naples Airport.
    • Afternoon: Program begins and check in.
    • Evening: Group dinner.

  • Day Two (Sunday, May 5th): Introduction to the Italian Healthcare System
    • Morning: Guided tour of Pompeii.
    • Afternoon: Tour and lunch at vineyard.
    • Early Evening: Lecture on Sorrento and Southern Italy with Dr. Kent-Willette. 
    • Evening: Dinner on your own.

  • Day Three (Monday, May 6th): Sorrento
    • Morning: Walking tour of Sorrento and lunch on your own.
    • Afternoon: Lectures on "The Public Healthcare System of Italy" and "Comparing and Contrasting Public vs Private Healthcare Systems."
    • Evening: Sunset boat cruise, dinner on your own.

  • Day Four (Tuesday, May 7th): Guided Tour of the Amalfi Coast
    • Morning: Breakfast in Positano included.
    • Day: Guided tour by private bus visiting Positano and Amalfi.
    • Evening: Dinner on your own in Sorrento.

  • Day Five (Wednesday, May 8th): Hike and Lecture
    • Day: Hike the Path of the Gods with guide. Lunch on your own.
    • Afternoon: Lecture with Professor Capeci.
    • Late afternoon: Cooking class and dinner at Villa Barone.

  • Day Six (Thursday, May 9th): SLP in Southern Italy 
    • Morning: Leture on Family Healthcare.
    • Coffee break in town.
    • Afternoon: Lecture with Dr. Wingate and a local Italian Speech Language Pathologist.
    • Evening: Free time to enjoy Sorrento on your own.

  • Day Seven (Friday, May 10th): Clinical Observations
    • Day: Clinical observations at local clinics and hospitals in Naples at Villa Ginestre and Villa Azzurra.
    • Group lunch included.
    • Evening: Free time to enjoy Sorrento on your own.

  • Day Eight (Saturday, May 11th): Full Day Trip to the Island of Capri
    • Day: Travel by ferry with a tour guide.
    • Lunch included.
    • Evening: Dinner on your own in Sorrento.

  • Day Nine (Sunday, May 12th) Depart Sorrento and Arrive in Rome
    • Morning: Leave Sorrento.
    • Afternoon: Arrive in Rome.
    • Evening: Guided tour and group dinner.

  • Day Ten (Monday, May 13th): Full Day in Rome 
    • Morning: Roman food tour.
    • Afternoon: Vatican tour.
    • Evening: Dinner on your own in Rome.

  • Day Eleven (Tuesday, May 14th): Departure from Rome (FCO)
    • Morning: Check out of hotel and depart for airport.

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