Preparatory Program of Study Required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Leading to Speech-Language Pathology Certification (Based on ASHA 2014 SLP Certification Standards)
Standard IV-A: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.
Implementation: Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry. Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health. A stand-alone course in statistics is required. Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement. A course in biological and physical sciences specifically related to CSD may not be applied for certification purposes to this category unless the course fullfills a university requirement in one of these areas.
Courses specifically related to communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be applied for certification purposes in this category.
I. Biological Sciences (a minimum of two credit hours required)
Examples of Required Coursework : biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, human genetics, veterinary science
II. Physical Sciences (a minimum of two credit hours required)
Examples of Required Coursework: physics or chemistry
III. Social/Behavioral Sciences (a minimum of two credit hours required)
Examples of Required Coursework: psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health
Examples of Required Coursework: introduction to statistics, statistical principles of psychological research
AP credit will not be accepted for the statistics requirement only. All other AP credit will be acceptable for the above
Standard IV-B:The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to integrate the information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the lifespan.
Students who have not completed all of the below requirements may apply to the Master's program. However, admitted students are required to complete all prerequisite coursework prior to beginning graduate coursework.
I. Biological and Neurological Bases:
Examples of Required Coursework: Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
II. Acoustic Bases:
Speech science and audiology are both required by UNC-CH
Examples of Required Coursework: Speech Science; Intro to Audiology
III. Psychological/Developmental Bases:
A course in Language Acquisition is strongly recommended.
Examples of Required Coursework: Normal Language Acquisition, Child Development
IV. Linguistic/Cultural Bases:
Examples of Required Coursework: Introduction to Phonetics (required); Introduction to Linguistics (recommended)
Summary of Pre-Professional Coursework
Prospective applicants to The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences MS- SLP program are advised to take the following or similar courses
*Course Titles may vary at each institution.
- Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
- Introduction to Audiology
- Biology or Genetics coursework
- Physics or Chemistry coursework
- Psychology or Sociology coursework
- College level Mathematics
- Introduction to Statistics
- Normal Language Development
A full listing of courses offered at UNC-Chapel Hill may be found at
The following courses are offered during the fall semester:
-Introduction to Phonetics
-Introduction to Audiology
The following courses are offered during the spring semester:
-Introduction to Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
-Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
UNC does not offer prerequisite courses during the Summer terms.