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Pre-Professional Certificate Program

ISU offers a Pre-Professional Certificate Program (post-baccalaureate) for students with a BA, BS, or higher degree in fields unrelated to Communication Sciences and Disorders, or for those students whose bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is 10 years or older. Enrolling in the Pre-Professional Program will not guarantee you a seat in the graduate program.

The Pre-Professional Program in pre-Speech-Language Pathology consists of undergraduate courses required for graduate-level coursework in SLP, where an Academic Certificate is earned upon completion of the coursework. 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. The Academic Certificate provides evidence of completion of pre-leveling coursework for admission to graduate school and/or licensure requirements. The program is available online and on both the Pocatello and Meridian campuses. Note:  If you're admitted into the Master's Program, your Communication Sciences & Disorders coursework should not be older than 10 years from the start date of your program of study. 

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

The CSD Intent Form is required for all students wishing to enroll in the Pre-Professional Program. Please complete the form in it’s entirety. If there are any questions, please contact our office. 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.

Pre-professional program and CSD undergraduate course fee: $192 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 Hannah Akina at csdmeridian@isu.edu or 208-373-1908.
Pocatello Campus: Please contact Lexie Baker at csd@isu.edu or 208-282-4544.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Pre-Professional Academic 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.

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