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ISU offers a Pre-Professional Certificate Program (post-baccalaureate) for students that graduated with a bachelor's degree or higher in another field, or for those students whose bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is 8 years or older. Prior to applying to our graduate program, please contact the CSD department if your CSD coursework is older than 8 years to verify it will be accepted. The Pre-Professional Certificate Program is available online and on the Pocatello and Meridian campuses. Enrolling in the Pre-Professional Certificate Program will not guarantee you a seat in the graduate program.

This Pre-Professional Certificate Program will prepare students to apply to the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology or other accredited programs in Communication Sciences & Disorders. The curriculum is rich in audiological coursework, typical speech and language development and disorders, and includes clinical courses designed to prepare students to work with both children and adults in graduate training. 

Program Requirements for Pre-Professional Certificate in Pre-Speech-Language Pathology or Pre-Audiology

A department application is required for the Online Pre-Professional Certificate Program or to attend the Meridian Campus. *An application for the Pocatello campus is not required. The online and Meridian campus applications are different. Please follow the instructions and complete the appropriate program application. There is a priority application date of March 15 of the year in which you would like to enroll (classes begin in late August), but we will also accept late applications. Please contact our office if you are applying after March 15 to determine if applications are still being accepted. See contact information below.

The Pre-Professional Certificate courses are undergraduate courses, but for financial aid purposes, the courses are considered post-baccalaureate courses. Financial aid is available, if you qualify, through the financial aid department. If applying for financial aid, be sure to note on the financial aid application that this is a post-baccalaureate program and is required for entrance into a graduate program. If you have questions, please contact Financial Aid at 208-282-2756 or by email at finaidem@isu.edu. See Program Costs for detailed tuition information.

Online Pre-professional program and undergraduate courses online fee: $319 per credit hour (does not include tuition)

Questions regarding the Pre-Professional Certificate Programs:

Online Program: Please contact Donna Parker at olcsd@isu.edu or 208-373-1942.
Meridian Campus: Please contact Christopher Barraza at csdmeridian@isu.edu or 208-373-1908.
Pocatello Campus: Please contact Lexie Baker at csd@isu.edu or 208-282-4544.
 
Prior to applying to our online program, please check to see if your state is served.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Pre-Professional Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders should be able to: 

  • Understand the basic processes and influences related to human communication including developmental, biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological and cultural conditions.
  • Explain the basic foundational aspects of typical and disordered communication including areas of prevention, evaluation, intervention and treatment.
  • Demonstrate the emergence of effective written, oral, and critical thinking skills related to topics in communication sciences and disorders.
  • Have completed the necessary coursework to prepare them to apply for admission to graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

Pre-Professional Certificate Program Application Instructions

We offer our Pre-Professional Certificate Program at both the Pocatello and Meridian campuses and also online. A departmental application is required for the Meridian Campus and the Online Pre-Professional Certificate Program. The application is different, depending on which program you are applying to. Please follow the instructions and complete the appropriate program application. *Pocatello campus does not require a department application. 
 
Steps to Apply
1) Apply to Idaho State University.
  • Complete application, pay application fee, and submit all official college/university transcripts. Under ‘Enrollment Info-Academic Program’, select Comm Sciences/Disorders (Pre-Professional Certificate), under ‘Student Type’ select Post Bacc, under ‘Concentration’ select Pre-Speech or Pre-Audiology.
Note:  A bachelor degree is not awarded upon completion of the Pre-Professional Academic Certificate course sequence.
  • Send all college transcripts to the undergrad office at ISU. Transcripts must be official and mailed directly from your institution to ISU.

        Idaho State University, Admissions
        921 So. 8th Ave.
        Mail Stop 8270
        Pocatello, ID 83209-8270

2) Apply to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (*application for Pocatello campus not required)
  • Download, print, and complete the Pre-Professional Certificate Program Application. 
 
  • Attach a copy (please do not send official copies) of your college degree-bearing transcript. We will accept an internet copy if it shows when your degree was conferred.
  • Scan and email application and degree-bearing transcript to:
    • Online Pre-Professional Program:  olcsd@isu.edu (preferred) or mail application and degree-bearing transcript to: ISU Meridian - CSD, Attn: Donna Parker, 1311 E. Central Dr., Meridian, ID  83642
    • Meridian Campus Pre-Professional Program: csdmeridian@isu.edu (preferred) or mail application and degree-bearing transcript to: ISU Meridian - CSD, Attn: Christopher Barraza, 1311 E. Central Dr., Meridian, ID  83642
 
Questions regarding the Pre-Professional Certificate Programs:
Online Program: Please contact Donna Parker at olcsd@isu.edu or 208-373-1942. (Meridian campus)
Meridian Campus: Please contact Christopher Barraza at csdmeridian@isu.edu or 208-373-1908. (Meridian campus)
Pocatello Campus: Please contact Lexie Baker at csd@isu.edu or 208-282-4544. (Pocatello campus)
 
Fax: Meridian - 208-373-1811; Pocatello - 208-282-4571
 
 

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