Post-Baccalaureate Prerequisite Sequence

Individuals interested in professional employment as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist must earn a graduate degree in speech-language pathology (M.A. or M.S.) or audiology (Au.D.).

The Post-Baccalaureate Prerequisite Sequence in speech-language pathology and audiology at Western Michigan University is designed for individuals who have earned an undergraduate degree in an area other than communication disorders or speech pathology and audiology and wish to prepare for future graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology. Upon completion of the two semester sequence, students will have completed the prerequisite coursework necessary for application to most graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology. Completion of the sequence does not guarantee admission into Western Michigan University's graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Typical Course Sequence

Fall courses

  • SPPA 2030 Normal Language Acquisition 3 cr.
  • SPPA 2040 Phonetics 3 cr.
  • SPPA 2041 Phonetics Lab 1 cr.
  • SPPA 2070 Clinic Laboratory (includes 25 hours of clinic observation) 3 cr.
  • SPPA 2080 Introduction to Audiology 3 cr.

Spring courses

  • SPPA 2051 Speech Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1 cr.
  • SPPA 2060 Hearing Science 3 cr.
  • SPPA 3510 Phonemic Disorders 2 cr.
  • SPPA 3540 Language Disorders in Children 3 cr.
  • SPPA 4560 Rehabilitation Audiology 3 cr.