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Speech-Language Pathology Admission Requirements

The following are specific requirements for admission to the medically-oriented M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program at New York Medical College. These requirements will ensure your ability to enter into successful practice upon graduation.  We do not require an undergraduate degree in communications disorders.  

  • Official transcripts from every accredited U.S. college or university attended. 
  • Three recommendations Two of your recommendations should be from college-level instructors with one being a faculty member from an SLP course. Recommendations from in-person courses are preferred.  Online professor recommendations will be considered with permission.
  • Personal essay See documents section of CSDCAS.
  • Prerequisites (specific prerequisites and instructions are found in the prerequisite and documents section of CSDCAS).
  • Resume

See How to Apply for application instructions and additional admissions information.  

Non Course-Related Requirements 
Our program also has two non-course related requirements:

  • CPR: Before beginning the program, students must submit evidence of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The CPR course must include skill practice on CPR and choking for the adult (1- and 2-person CPR), child, and infant.
  • Background Check:  Required after acceptance and before beginning the program.
  • Computer Literacy: Students are expected to be computer literate before entering the program. Several of the courses assume that the student is proficient in the following areas: general computer skills, spreadsheets, email, and Internet. Remedial instruction in computer literacy is available.

The Intangibles
In addition to excellent grades and strong GRE scores, our admissions committee is looking for evidence of the following:

  • motivation
  • maturity
  • stability
  • sound judgment
  • a sense of responsibility
  • good moral character

We also look for:

  • cognitive, motor and organizational skills
  • sensory perception
  • ability to synthesize and apply knowledge

Essential Functions
The Department of Speech-Language Pathology affirms it commitment that graduates must demonstrate essential functions for the education and practice of speech-language pathology.   Applicants must be aware of the SLP Essential Functions and skills.    

International Students
International Students must complete several additional requirements.  

Teach NYC Scholarship Program
The School of Health Sciences and Practice participates in the New York City Department of Education Graduate School Scholarship Program -  Information and Application.   

Please contact SHSP Admissions or 914-594-4510 if you have any questions about our application process. 

Mailing address:
SHSP Office of Admissions, Room 316
New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Fax: (914) 594-3961 

Prerequisite Courses for Speech-Language Pathology

The following are two sets of the prerequisite course requirements.  Prerequisite courses do not need to completed in order to apply to the program.  However, all prerequisite courses must be satisfactorily completed prior to starting the program and within approximately 10 years of the application deadline (exceptions may be made for individuals who work in a health field).  

ASHA Prerequisites Requirements

  • Biological Sciences - a minimum grade of 3.0 and 3 credits. Courses include Biological sciences content areas related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). Communications sciences courses may not be applied.
  • Physical Sciences - a minimum grade of 3.0 and 3 credits. Physics or chemistry - communications sciences and disorder courses may not be applied. 
  • Social Sciences - at least two courses - acceptable course include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health. 

Department of Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisite Requirements

  • Phonetics -a minimum grade of 3.0 and 3 credits. Course should include phonetic transcription component.
  • Child Development/Language Acquisition - a minimum grade of 3.0 and 3 credits. Acceptable courses include child development and child Language development.

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech - a minimum grade of 3.0 and 3 credits. Acceptable courses include anatomy and physiology of speech or speech/hearing.
  • Intro to Communication Disorders - a minimum grade of 3.0 and 3 credits. Any course that provides an overview of discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
  • Speech Science - a minimum grade of 3.0 and 3 credits. Study of the acoustic, aerodynamic, and physiological aspects of speech production.

Applicants may contact the Admissions Office with specific questions about whether certain courses meet the prerequisite requirements at 914-594-4510 or shsp_admissions@nymc.edu.