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Frequently Asked Questions

 

UNDERGRADUATE

Can I come to campus for a tour?

Yes, the CSD Department offers tours once every Fall and Spring semester.  The purpose of the session is to provide potential students and families with general program information, answer advising questions, and tour the Communication Disorders Clinic and Academic Complex.  Please visit the following link for information on the next Meet and Greet:  http://www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders/undergradadmission.php

Is my ACT score considered?

Yes, for all students admitted to WKU Fall 2015 and after.

What is the minimum ACT score?

There is no minimum ACT score.  Your GPA and ACT will be multiplied to create a GAP score.  Students will be ranked by score for admittance to the program.

What is the minimum GPA?

The minimum GPA for admittance is a 3.5 for all students admitted to WKU Fall 2015 and after.  Prior to Fall 2015, the minimum GPA is 3.2.  Your GPA and ACT will be multiplied to create a GAP score.  Students will be ranked by score for admittance to the program.

How many students are admitted to your program each year?

We accept approximately 30 students every spring semester to begin the following fall.

Can I begin the program at any time?

No, when formally admitted to the undergraduate major in the spring semester, students must start the following fall semester.

Why is my advisor not from the CSD Department?

Students are advised by professionals in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) until formally admitted to the CSD program.

How do I change my advisor/major/minor?

Complete form on TopNet and take to CSD Office 104B in Academic Complex.

I need course passes for my CSD courses.  Who do I need to contact?

The CSD Office Associate will give CSD course passes to all students during the first week of registration.

Should I take any specific general education courses for the major?

Yes, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires students have courses in four areas:

  • Biological sciences should emphasize content related to human or animal sciences.  Students are encouraged to enroll in BIO 131 – Human Anatomy & Physiology. This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Explorations: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World – Natural & Physical Sciences.
  • Physical sciences include physics or chemistry.  Students are encouraged to enroll in PHYS 130 – Acoustics of Music and Speech.* This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Explorations: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World – Natural & Physical Sciences.
  • Social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.  Students are required to enroll in PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology to meet the requirements for PSY 310 – Educational Psychology. This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Explorations: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World – Social & Behavioral Sciences.
  • A stand-alone course in statistics is required (a course in research methodology does not meet this requirement).  Students are encouraged to enroll in one of the following statistics classes: MATH 183 – Introduction to Statistics (This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Foundations: Intellectual and Practical Skills – Quantitative Reasoning), PH 383 – Biostatistics in Health Services, SOCL 300 – Using Statistics in Sociology or PSY 301 – Statistics in Psychology.

When should I take the GRE?

Students are encouraged to take the GRE during the spring semester of their junior year.  Students often take the GRE more than once and this will allow time to study and prepare before applying to graduate school.

Does WKU offer any GRE courses?

Dr. Reagan Brown offers a GRE Prep Course every fall semester.  Visit the following link for specific information:  http://people.wku.edu/reagan.brown/gre.htm

 

PRE-SLP

Is this program completely online and do I have to travel to campus for any portion?
The program is completely online. No travel is required.
Can I work as a SLP after completing this program?
This program will not prepare you to work as a SLP. You will not earn clinical hours or receive a bachelor’s degree after completion. This program is designed to provide the prerequisite coursework required for application to graduate school in the area of communication disorders.
Can I begin the program in fall or spring semesters?
At this time, students are only accepted into the program to begin courses during the summer.
What GPA is expected?
The department will look specifically at the last 60 hours coursework and determine the GPA for this portion of your coursework. We require a 3.20 GPA for the last 60 hours coursework.  This GPA is what will be used as a criteria for admission to the program. To figure your own last 60 hours GPA look at your college credits, begin at last semester completed and work backwards until you have 60 hours worth of credit, if this stops in the middle of a semester then you must add the remaining hours for that semester (this will give you more than 60 hours). Figure the GPA for those courses using strictly A, B, C, etc. No +/-.  We round up from the third decimal therefore a 3.17 does not qualify as that is less than 3.20.

GPA calculators are available on the internet to assist in calculating your GPA, however, please keep in mind that the GPA calculator provides only a "guesstimation" of the GPA.

What is the tuition rate for this program?
Current tuition information is available at http://www.wku.edu/bursar/. The Pre–SLP courses are considered undergraduate distance learning courses. Distance learning tuition rates are the same for in–state and out–of–state students.
Is financial aid available for this program?
The program is now eligible for financial aid.

 

GRADUATE

Do I have to take the GRE to apply to your program?
Yes, the GRE is required and scores must be less than 5 years old (no exceptions).
Where do I take the GRE?
For information regarding the GRE please visit www.ets.org
What is the minimum GRE score required to get into your program?
We require a minimum of 143 or if taken prior to August 2011 a minimum score of 350 on the Verbal section and a minimum of 3.5 on the Writing section. 
What GPA is expected?

The department will look specifically at the last 60 hours coursework and determine the GPA for this portion of your coursework. We require a 3.50 GPA for the last 60 hours coursework.  This GPA is what will be used as a criteria for admission to the program. To figure your own last 60 hours GPA look at your college credits, begin at last semester completed and work backwards until you have 60 hours worth of credit, if this stops in the middle of a semester then you must add the remaining hours for that semester (this will give you more than 60 hours). Figure the GPA for those courses using strictly A, B, C, etc. No +/-.  We round up from the third decimal therefore a 3.47 does not qualify as that is less than 3.50.

GPA calculators are available on the internet to assist in calculating your GPA, however, please keep in mind that the GPA calculator provides only a "guesstimation" of the GPA.

How many students are admitted to your program each year?

We accept 25 students into the on-line graduate formats and 24 students into the on-campus graduate format each year.

Can I begin the program at any time?

No, cohorts begin once a year and you must apply and be admitted into the program.

What prerequisites are required to be admitted to your Master’s program?

There are 8 core classes and 4 basic sciences that must be completed prior to beginning any graduate courses. Those courses are:

Core Classes:

CD 405 Applied Phonetics

CD 481 Normal Speech & Language Development

CD 483 Articulation Disorders (or CD 440 which combines Artic and Language Disorders)

CD 484 Speech Anatomy & Physiology

CD 485 Diagnostic Procedures for Communication Disorders

CD 482 Audiology

CD 486 Language Disorders (or CD 440 – which combines Artic and Language Disorders)

CD 347 Science of Speech and Hearing (formally titled: Bases of Speech)

Basic Sciences (one 3 credit course from each of the following categories; suggested course types are listed in parentheses): ASHA does not accept remedial-level courses, methodology courses (methods of teaching), or courses modified for CD such as speech science (which includes some acoustics, but would be credited as a basic CD processes course). **WKU only accepts CLEP exams or AP credit for credit by exam** **WKU does not accept DANTES exams unless a person is on active military duty**

Biological Science (Intro to General Biology, Human Biology, Ecology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, or CLEP: Natural Science or Biology)

Statistics: A 3 credit course in any STATISTICS course.  Research Methods courses are not acceptable.  Examples: Introductory Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Statistics in Social Work, Psychology Statistics, etc.

Social Science (Behavioral) Psychology (including Dev. Psych or Applied Behavioral Analysis), Sociology, Anthropology, Human Geography, Gerontology, CLEP: Psychology)

Physical Science Physics, Acoustics (not the same as speech and hearing sciences), Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, Environmental Science, Earth Science, CLEP: Natural Science or Chem.

I’ve taken some or all of these courses at other colleges, what do I need to do to be sure your program will accept those?

Look at the Department Application in the Graduate Admission section of this website.  There is a worksheet to determine how courses will match the prerequisite coursework along with course descriptions and instructions to assist.

 I have taken graduate coursework elsewhere, what do I need to do to determine if it will transfer to your program?

E-mail or mail to catherine.martin@wku.edu the course number and title along with a transcript and syllabus for each course you would like to be considered for graduate transfer credit. All graduate transfer credit must be evaluated by our Coursework Evaluation Committee. The cumulative GPA on the transcript must be 3.0 or greater in order for the course to transfer. All coursework towards the Master of Science in Communication Disorders must be completed within 6 years, therefore, courses taken more than 4 years before beginning the program would not transfer. The committee meets monthly and you will be e-mailed their decision as soon as your coursework is reviewed.

Are there any travel requirements for the distance education master’s degree program?

Yes, students are required to come to the WKU campus the first summer in the program for approximately 6 weeks for our Summer Clinic. This is a requirement of the program and is not optional.

Can I complete more than one externship during the same semester?

No, students can enroll in only one externship per semester.

How many clinical hours can I transfer?

A maximum of 25 observation hours and 50 clinical (treatment or evaluation) hours from undergraduate may be transferred to the graduate program with department approval. All clinical hours earned while enrolled in a graduate communication disorders program will apply toward the 400 hours required by ASHA. However, graduate students must fully complete SLP 590 Clinical Internship and six credit hours of SLP 591 Clinical Externship meeting the minimum requirements for each section completed. At least 200 hours must be completed through WKU.

Will I have to pass a comprehensive exam prior to graduation?

Summative evaluations are required by WKU Graduate School and our accrediting agency. This department uses the PRAXIS exam as part of its summative evaluation. Students must take and pass the PRAXIS exam in Speech-Language Pathology. The passing score is 600 and meets the ASHA requirement for certification. For students beginning the graduate program August 2009 or after, the PRAXIS exam can only be taken during the last semester of the graduate program. Those students who began the graduate program prior to August 2009 can only take the PRAXIS exam during the last 6 months of the graduate program. PRAXIS exams taken before this period will not be accepted as the summative evaluation required for graduation. Students who do not pass the PRAXIS exam must pass one of the CSD graduate program's comprehensive examinations.

Where can I find more information on Distance Learning to decide if this option would be right for me?

There are a number of resources available at www.wku.edu/online to help you decide if an online learning format would be a good fit for you.

How do I apply to the graduate program?

Click here to go to the admissions and application page.

 

RANK I

What is the Rank I?

Designed for public school employees, the Rank I is a Planned Sixth-Year program. It is an approved, specific program of studies (i.e., set of courses). Upon earning the Rank I, employees can apply for a change in rank, thus likely resulting in an increase in salary. Earning a Rank I in Communication Disorders does not give a speech-language pathologist more credentials.

Can I get the Rank I in Communication Disorder without having a Master's in Communication Disorders?
No. The Rank I in our department is only offered to people with current teacher certification in communication disorders.
Can I work on the Rank I at the same time as my Master's?
You can only be admitted to the Rank I program if you have a Master's degree in the field. You may apply to the program in the last semester of your Master’s degree coursework.
Is the Rank I recognized outside the state of Kentucky?

Rank I is a designation that Kentucky uses. While many states offer Planned Sixth programs, we cannot guarantee that a Kentucky Rank I will be recognized elsewhere.

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