When you decide to pursue an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) or Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), you must consider that you cannot work independently with just a Bachelor’s. You must pursue a masters or doctorate in order to be considered a fully independent Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP).
So, what are the chances you will get into a graduate school for speech-language pathology? Here are some statistics:
- In 2010-2011 45, 790 *applications for Master’s SLP programs were received for the 249 possible programs in the United States (found here)
- Of the 45,790 *applications, only 11, 866 were accepted (info found here)
- Of the 11,866 *applications that were accepted, only 6,847 actually enrolled in a first year graduate program. (Info found here)
That means there is a *25.9% chance of getting admitted to a Master’s SLP program, based on the data.
Ouch. That pained me to write. But now you know. This is where the cut-throat applications come from. When programs only admit 20 or so people, the statistics makes you wish you had worked a little harder making those extra A’s for your GPA. Or it makes you rethink paying a little extra for the GRE prep classes. Or it gives you more reason to find a current SLP willing to take you under their wing.
If you are 100% serious about becoming an SLP, do whatever you can to boost your resume and GPA as an undergrad. Don’t worry if you look nerdy or lose time with friends here-or-there; it will be worth it if you can make it. And you CAN make it!
Find more statistics via The Higher Education Data System (HES) Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Education Survey
*Update: After viewing a comment and fixing the terminology of my post, a valid point is to be made: Many people apply to more than 1 University which skews these statistics. This could mean the odds could be upwards of 50% to 60%, depending on how many people applied to more than 1 program.
Reference: Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2011). HES CSD Education Survey. Rockville, MD: available at http://www.asha.org and http://www.capcsd.org
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