Speech Pathology

Speech-language pathologists assess and treat people who have speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders.

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Speech Pathology at a Glance

A medical Speech-Language Pathologist works in health care and diagnoses and treats a wide range of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. They work with patients affected by a variety of neurological events, such as brain damage, stroke, seizure, or cancer. They may also work with patients who suffer from chronic diseases or who have experienced a trauma.  

Pre-Admission Coursework:  Check Sheet (PDF)Accessible Check Sheet (PDF)

References: Typically, programs require two to three letters and most require that letters be written by faculty.  KU prefers that college instructors provide these recommendations, but past supervisors during employment or volunteer positions are also acceptable. 

Shadowing Experience or Introductory Course: KU requires twenty-five clock hours of directed clinical observation 

Healthcare Experience: Recommended – should have patient contact 

Community Service/Leadership Experience: Recommended 

Research Experience: Recommended 

Pre-Admission Standardized Tests: KU does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), but some programs do 

Student Organizations: National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, International Pre-Health Sciences Organization, Delta Epsilon Mu (co-ed healthcare fraternity), University of Kansas Women in Medicine, Future Leaders in Healthcare 

Application Deadline: January 5 

Resume Required: Yes 

Centralized Application Service: No 

Early Decision Option: No 

Interview Required: No