Speech-Language Pathology, BS
Speech-language pathologists assess and provide clinical services to people who cannot communicate clearly. These individuals may have problems with articulation, stuttering, voice, understanding and producing language, attention, memory and/or problem solving. Speech-language pathologists help clients develop, or recover functional communication skills so they can fulfill their rolls in society. They counsel individuals and their families concerning communication disorders and help them learn to cope with the stress and misunderstanding that often accompany these disorders. Additionally, they may work with people who have oral motor problems causing eating and swallowing difficulties. Audiologists assess and provide clinical services to people who have hearing or balance problems. Assessments include measuring the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, the person's ability to distinguish between sounds, and nature and extent of hearing loss. Audiologists interpret these results and may coordinate them with medical, educational and psychological information to make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment. The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program begins in the autumn quarter and is based on the completion of two years of prerequisite course work at any accredited college or university. The emphasis for the next two years is on professional courses and practical experience. Supervised clinical practicum is an integral part of the student's education. Completion of specific theoretical courses precedes placement for practicum.
REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION
In most states, including California, graduate study is required before entering the profession. After satisfactorily completing the Master of Science degree, the graduate is eligible to take the qualifying examination for licensure in the state of California and for the Certificate of Clinical Competence. After completing a one-year clinical fellowship, the graduate is eligible to apply for California licensure and for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The program is approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to prepare students for the California Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential in Language, Speech, and Hearing.
- 96 quarter units or 64 semester units in general education.
- Provide official transcripts from an accredited institution.
- Literate personal statement (part of the online application)
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably academic. (part of the online application)
- Minimum GPA of 3.0.
Religion (minimum 8 quarter units)
Must complete an average of 4 quarter units of religion for each year of residence at Loma Linda University
Arts & Humanities (16 quarter or 11 semester units)
Select from at least three of the following content areas: Civilization/history, art, literature, modern language, philosophy, religion, or general humanities elective
Natural Sciences (minimum of 12 quarter or 8 semester units). At least one natural science course must include a lab component
- One biological science required (Human Anatomy and/or Physiology, General Biology, Microbiology, or Life Science, or Life Science
- One physical science – Physics or Chemistry required
- Mathematics requirement: one General or Intro to Statistics course
Social Sciences (minimum of 12 quarter or 8 semester units). Must include two (2) of the following content areas: anthropology, economics, geography, political sciences, psychology, and sociology. Includes one course (or components integrated into several courses) in human (cultural) diversity.
Written & Oral Communication (9-13 quarter/ 6-9 semester units)
- English composition (complete sequence)
- Additional course: may include information systems, critical thinking, and public speaking
Health & Wellness (2-6 quarter/1.5 to 4 semester units)
- Health or Nutrition (personal health, personal nutrition, population health, global health, community nutrition, etc.) One course required
- Physical Activity: Must be at least two separate physical activity courses totaling a minimum of 1 quarter units or have military discharge papers (DD214)
Electives: To meet minimum total of 96 quarter/64 semester units
The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.
Required Program Costs
Academic Year 2023-2024
|Year of Program
|Tuition & Fees||$33,946||$31,522|
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
Other Educational Costs
Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.
NotesThe cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the department for up-to-date costs.
- Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
- Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
- To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.