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Pre-Professional Certificate Program

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 8-10 years or older. Please contact the CSD department if your CSD coursework is older than 8 years to ensure it will 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. 

A department application is required for the Online Pre-Professional Certificate Program or to attend the Meridian Campus. The applications are different, depending on which program you are applying to. Please follow the instructions and complete the appropriate program application.

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 See Program Costs for detailed tuition information.

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.

Prior to applying to our online program, please check to see if your state is served.

Questions regarding the Pre-Professional Certificate Programs:

Online Program: Please contact Donna Parker at or 208-373-1942.
Meridian Campus: Please contact Michelle Campbell at or 208-373-1908.
Pocatello Campus: Please contact Lexie Baker at or 208-282-4544.

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.