Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisites online

College of Graduate & Professional Studies




Dr. Shannon Salley
SLP Online Coordinator
Associate Professor
Interim Department Chair SOWK/CSDS

Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisites Online

These online courses are the prerequisites you’ll likely need to apply to a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology.  We offer these courses during the fall, spring and summer semesters.


Longwood’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Communication Sciences are offered only on campus. We do not offer the BS or MS online.


The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) at Longwood University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


ASHA National Office 
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
(800)498-2071 or (301)296-5700
(2015 – 2023)

SLP Online Prerequisite Course Descriptions

An overview of various speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders; factors related to the causes and severity of communication and swallowing disorders; and the professionals associated with communication and swallowing disorders, specifically speech-language pathologists and audiologists. 3 credits

An introduction to the normal acquisition of language, including the components of language, the physical, social, and cognitive bases for language, theories of language development, and how language evolves from infancy through adulthood. Cultural influences on language development will also be explored. 3 credits

Learn the terminology and its application to analyzing language samples.3 credits

The phonetic structure of the English language, its dialects and derivations; clinical application of the International Phonetic Alphabet. 3 credits

Prerequisite: Biology 101 or equivalent

Anatomical structures of the human communications system and the physiology of inter-related movement. 3 credits

Prerequisite: PCSD 285 Language Development and PCSD 307 Phonetics

The identification and evaluation of phonological and language disorders in children and adolescents, etiological factors, and basic assessment and management procedures for a culturally and linguistically diverse populations. 3 credits

Prerequisite: PCSD 313 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (may be taken concurrently)

Physics of sound; physiology of hearing; types and amounts of hearing loss; hearing evaluation: audiometry. 3 credits

Prerequisite: PCSD 307 Phonetics, PCSD 313 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms, and PCSD 361 Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science

An introduction to speech science theory, instrumentation, and measurement. Emphasis on normal speech perception and production. 3 credits

Prerequisite: PCSD 313 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

An overview of neurology as it relates to communication and Communication Sciences and Disorders. 3 credits

Prerequisite: PCSD 314 Phonology and Language Disorders or consent of instructor. This course is offered during the summer ONLY.


Class instruction related to clinical methods and practicum experience plus 25 hours field experience with a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist. 2 credits

Prerequisite: PCSD 307 Phonetics, PCSD 313 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms, and PCSD 361 Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science.

This course introduces students to the theories and procedures used to provide aural re (habilitation) to individuals with hearing loss across the lifespan. Interventions aimed at minimizing the communication difficulties associated with hearing, cultural issues, early identification, early intervention, amplification options, and educational/vocational placements are discussed. Students will learn how treatment approaches are tailored to the needs of individuals and their families. 3 credits

This course is being piloted during the summer 2020 term.

This course introduces students to the nature, methods, and applications of biology. Conceptual topics include methods of biological investigation, molecular and cellular features of living things, mechanisms for the evolution and continuity of life, and ecological interactions among individuals, populations and their environment. Issues of contemporary and historical importance will be used to illustrate conceptual topics and demonstrate biology's relevance to the quality of human life and history and future of human civilizations.

This course does not meet the requirements for Biology or Liberal Studies majors.

  • Biology majors must take BIOL 120 as the entry-level introductory course
  • Liberal Studies majors must take BIOL 114 for the scientific reasoning pillar.

3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits

This course is being piloted during the summer 2020 term.

A survey of basic physics principles taught from a conceptual basis. A broad survey of physics will be demonstrated in this course with such topics as mechanics, fluids, heat, electricity, magnetism, and light. The course will apply basic physics principles to our daily lives.

3 lectures and one 2 hour lab period. 4 credits

About the courses

If you plan to take one of the following courses offered as part of the SLP Online coursework, you must have completed the required prerequisites listed below.


  • PCSD 313 (Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism) – Prerequisite BIOL 101, PBIO 101, or equivalent
  • PCSD 314 (Phonology and Language Disorders) – Prerequisites PCSD 285 and 307
  • PCSD 361 (Audiology) – Prerequisite PCSD 313
  • PCSD 370 (Aural Rehabilitation) – Prerequisites PCSD 307, 313, and 361
  • PCSD 450 (Speech Science) – Prerequisites PCSD 307, 313 and 361
  • PCSD 455 (Neurology for Human Communication) – Prerequisite PCSD 313
  • PCSD 489 (Introduction to Clinical Practice) – Prerequisite PCSD 314


If the prerequisites were taken at Longwood, you will not need to submit proof of having the prerequisite.


If the prerequisites were not taken at Longwood, you will need to submit a transcript (unofficial or official) from the college where you took the prerequisite course for evaluation.  Please also complete the SLP Prerequisite Waiver Request Form.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary, regional approach to state authorization in which affiliated higher education institutions in member states agree to adhere to specific policies and standards related to distance education, supervised field experiences, and certain other activities.  As of summer 2017, students may complete an internship, clinical placement, practicum or student teaching for Longwood credit in any of the 50 states.

For more information about SARA, see nc-sara.org.

College of Graduate & Professional Studies




Dr. Shannon Salley
Coordinator SLP Online
Assistant Professor


Our For-credit courses are typically offered 100% online, at our affordable, discounted rate of $280 per credit hour in-state, or $355 per credit hour out of state.

rates effective 2020