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Please take time to review the following pages for question(s) pertaining to the Speech-Language Pathology program offered in the department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at East Tennessee State University. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers to assist you through your application process and to further facilitate your exploration of our Speech-Language Pathology program. If the answers you are seeking are not on the following pages or elsewhere on the ASLP ( http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/ ) or ETSU ( www.etsu.edu ) websites, contact:

http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/

ASLP clinic website: http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/clinical

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  1. Where can I direct my ASLP Speech-Language Pathology questions? Answer
  2. Who can I contact for more information and/or to receive a tour of the facility? Answer
  3. How can I receive information about the program? Answer
  4. When is the application deadline? Answer
  5. Where should I mail my application packet? Answer
  6. What should I include in my graduate application packet? Answer
  7. What are ETSU’s ASLP undergraduate course requirements in Speech and Hearing? Answer
  8. What are my options if I don’t have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in Communication Sciences & Disorders? Answer
  9. What courses do you offer as part of the CDIS Speech-Language Pathology Master's program? Answer
  10. Are there multiple tracts to receive a master’s degree of Speech-Language Pathology? Answer
  11. Is ETSU’s program ASHA accredited? Answer
  12. How do you prepare students to become Certified ASHA clinicians? Answer
  13. Do you offer an M.S., M.A., or M.Ed. in CDIS-SLP? Answer
  14. Do you have a doctoral program available in Speech-Language Pathology? Answer
  15. Is a thesis or dissertation required for the Master’s SLP program? Answer
  16. Do you have an on-campus clinic? Answer
  17. What clinical and practicum student placements does ETSU offer? Answer
  18. What research opportunities are available in the department? Answer
  19. What financial opportunities are available to Speech-Language Pathology Master’s students? Answer
  20.  What is the cost to attend ETSU? Answer
  21. What is the average incoming class size? Answer
  22. What are the mean/average GPA and GRE scores of accepted CDIS Speech-Language Pathology students? Answer
  23. How large is ETSU’s ASLP faculty and what are their specialties? Answer
  24. What college is your program located in within ETSU? Answer
  25. Where is the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology department located on ETSU’s campus? Answer
  26. Does ETSU assist students in finding CFY (Clinical Fellowship Year) placements? Answer
  27.  Does ETSU offer an on-campus daycare program? Answer
  28.  What recreational activities are available in Johnson City, TN.? Answer

 

Where can I direct my ASLP Speech-Language Pathology questions?

You can e-mail questions to: SLPPROGRAM@etsu.edu


 

Who can I contact for more information and/or to receive a tour of the facility?

There are currently four dates set for open houses to view our facility:

  • October 25, 2014, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
  • January 24, 2015, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
  • February 21, 2015, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
  • March 28, 2015, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.


 

How can I receive information about the program?

Send your contact information to:  SLPPROGRAM@etsu.edu  and we will gladly send you an information packet, which includes: application, graduate catalogue, and brochure. You can also access application information at www.etsu.edu/gradstud

Contacts:

SLP Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Kerry Proctor-Williams 423-439-7187; williamk@mail.etsu.edu 
AUD Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Jacek Smurzynski 423-439-4536; smurzyns@mail.etsu.edu


 

When is the application deadline?

All application components must be received by February 1st for fall admissions. We only admit student’s for the fall semester.


 

Where should I mail my application packet?

All application materials must be sent to the School of Graduate Studies, instead of the Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Please have your application packet (including: transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, resume and paper application if applicable) sent to:

School of Graduate Studies
East Tennessee State University
309-B Burgin Dossett Hall
PO Box 70720
Johnson City, TN 37614-072022


 

What should I include in my graduate application packet?

The following standards and materials are required of all masters and certificate applicants regardless of program. All materials should be mailed to the School of Graduate Studies.

http://www.etsu.edu/gradstud

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degrees from non-accredited institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis.
    • If admitted, a final transcript must be sent to the School of Graduate Studies upon completion of undergraduate material. If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree before applying to our program, you must send a final transcript after graduating with your bachelor’s degree.
  2. A completed application form (can apply online or mail in paper application).
  3. One official transcript from every college or university where the applicant has taken courses, except for previous course work at ETSU. Transcripts must include evidence that pre-requisite coursework (see question below for information on pre-requisite course work for SLP program) has been completed or is in progress. Applications will not be considered without all transcripts.
  4. A non-refundable application fee of $35 ($45 for international students).

The following are specific requirements for application to the master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology (these should still be mailed in packet to the school of graduate studies):

  1. A personal essay of 150-300 words, detailing your interests in a graduate program at ETSU.
  2. Prerequisite coursework (see below for details pertaining to pre-requisite course work related to the SLP program)
  3. Submission of Quantitative, Qualitative, and Analytical writing score of the GRE.There is no minimum score necessary.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from previous professors, which evaluate the student’s academic abilities, communication skills, and interpersonal capabilities. Please submit all recommendation letters on ETSU’s recommendation form (http://www.etsu.edu/gradstud/documents/forms/recommend.pdf)

 Alternatively, you may use the electronic letter of recommendation system. We also have an electronic letter of recommendation system.

*Instructions for Online Letter of Recommendation System –  

http://www.etsu.edu/gradstud/documents/forms/onlinelorapplicantsguide.pdf

  • Click on the https://gradletters.etsu.edu/
  • Create a new account
  • Enter your information
  • Enter the information of individuals making the recommendations

 ETSU undergraduate ASLP minor students do not need to submit three letters of recommendation.


 

What are ETSU’s ASLP undergraduate course requirements in Speech and Hearing?

Coursework needed for conditional and unconditional admission consideration to the Speech-Language Pathology Program includes:

  1. A minimum of three (3) credit-hours in the biological sciences.
  2. A minimum of three (3) credit-hours in the physical sciences.
  3. A minimum of three (3) credit-hours in statistics.
  4. A minimum of six (6) credit-hours in the behavioral and/or social sciences that include study that pertains to understanding normal/abnormal human behavior, development across the lifespan, social interaction, and issues of culturally diverse populations.
  5. A least fifteen (15) credit-hours in basic human communication processes with at least two (2) credits in each of the following areas of speech, language, and hearing: the anatomic and physiologic bases; the physical and psychophysical bases; and the linguistic and psycholinguistic aspects.

ETSU’s ASLP undergraduate minor in Speech- Language Pathology offers the following courses (only online) in the area of Speech and Hearing:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders; 3 credit hours
  • Speech and Hearing Science I; 4 credit hours
  • Speech and Hearing Science II; 4 credit hours
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Systems; 3 credit hours
  • Language Development;3 credit hours
  • The Clinical Process; 3 credit hours
  • At least twenty-five (25) clinical observation credits under the supervision of an ASHA-certified professional.


 

What are my options if I don’t have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in Communication Sciences & Disorders?

ETSU offers two semesters of pre-requisite coursework in speech-language pathology solely online. You would register as a non-degree seeking special student, using the undergrad course. Then you would apply for the 2-year graduate program.


 

What courses do you offer as part of the CDIS Speech-Language Pathology Master's program?

Please visit this webpage: http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/speechpathology/prospective


 

Are there multiple tracts to receive a master’s degree of Speech-Language Pathology?

Our 2-year program is for students who have an undergraduate major or minor in communicative disorders that includes all our pre-requisites. Additionally, there are opportunities available for teachers working as speech-language pathologists in the state of TN without their master’s degree to complete the program on a part-time basis. Financial assistance may be available from the TN Department of Education.


 

Is ETSU’s program ASHA accredited?

Yes. The master's (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


 

How do you prepare students to become Certified ASHA clinicians?

The course work and clinical clock hour requirements are designed for the student to obtain the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and licensure. In addition to building a strong academic foundation, students also gain a diversity of clinical experiences in medical and educational settings for both adult and pediatric populations.


 

Do you offer an M.S., M.A., or M.Ed. in CDIS-SLP?

We only offer a Master’s of Science degree in our ASLP program for Speech-Language Pathology.


 

Do you have a doctoral program available in Speech-Language Pathology?

We currently only have a Master’s program of study in the field of Speech-Language Pathology or an AuD. Program in Audiology. We do not currently have a doctoral program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology at ETSU.


 

Is a thesis or dissertation required for the Master’s SLP program?

A dissertation is not required, yet a thesis or capstone literature review is necessary to complete the program.

Thesis Option for the Master’s Degree:

The thesis option is offered in speech-language pathology to provide students with the opportunity to develop and execute a research project with mentoring by their faculty committee. Guidance is given by the faculty advisor through all phases of a research project. The thesis requires a considerable commitment to writing and independence in meeting deadlines and should be undertaken with advice from the faculty.

 Non-Thesis Option for the Master’s Degree

The non-thesis option for the Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders includes (1) a written literature review, and (2) an oral presentation of a clinical case.


 

Do you have an on-campus clinic?

Yes, our on-campus clinic is located on the 3rd floor of our department building (John P. Lamb, Jr. Hall).


 

What clinical and practicum student placements does ETSU offer?

Some of our current clinical placements are....

http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/speechpathology/clinicalservices

We also provide off-campus placements at.....

http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/speechpathology/prospective/clinical


 

What research opportunities are available in the department?

http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/speechpathology/prospective/research


 

What financial opportunities are available to Speech-Language Pathology Master’s students?

Full tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships are available for approximately 50% of graduate students through the Department of ASLP, which require departmental assignments ranging from 8 to 10 hours a week. Numerous campus-wide tuition scholarships and assistantships are also available to students.

*Indicate on the application whether you want to be considered for Graduate Assistantship or Tuition Scholarship. Assistantship and Scholarship FAQ: http://www.etsu.edu/gradstud/  

There are also other funding opportunities within ETSU apart from GA andTS. Please visit this website for more information:

http://www.etsu.edu/gradstud/scholarships


 

 What is the cost to attend ETSU?

 

To be considered a full-time graduate student (9 credit hours) the fees for the 2014-2015 academic year are as follows:

9 credit hours-12 credit hours

  • In-state: $4,475.50 - $5,065.50
  • Out of State: $11,234.50 - $12,877.50

For instate tuition, residents include those living in the state of TN or in the following counties:

  • North Carolina: Ashe, Avery, Grayson, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga, Yancey
  • Virginia: Lee, Scott, Madison

*North Carolina and Virginia residents from these counties must request in-state tuition.

To calculate your estimated tuition cost:

http://www.etsu.edu/fa/fs/bursar/tuitioninfo

 For further information regarding tuition expenses, please refer to:

http://www.etsu.edu/admissions


 

What is the average incoming class size?

The average incoming class size is typically between 23-28 students.


 

What are the mean/average GPA and GRE scores of accepted CDIS Speech-Language Pathology students?


The mean GRE scores and GPA from the entering class of 2013 were

GRE Verbal : 149
GRE Quantitative : 147
GRE Analytical writing : 4.0

GPA – last 2 years of college: 3.81
Overall GPA: 3.74


 

How large is ETSU’s ASLP faculty and what are their specialties?

The faculty of Communicative Disorders covers a diverse field of specialties within speech-language pathology and audiology. The faculty is here to share with you current knowledge of human communication sciences and disorders.

Speech-Language Pathology: http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/speechpathology

Audiology: http://www.etsu.edu/crhs/aslp/audiology


 

What college is your program located in within ETSU?

The College of Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences.


 

Where is the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology department located on ETSU’s campus?

The Audiology Speech-Language Pathology department is located on the 2nd and 3rd floor John P. Lamb, Jr. Hall (#19 on ETSU main campus map) on the East Tennessee State University main campus. A visitor parking pass for the day may be obtained from the Parking Services Office on 132 Stout Dr. (#68 on ETSU main campus map)

Campus Map website: http://www.etsu.edu/etsuhome/maps


 

Does ETSU assist students in finding CFY (Clinical Fellowship Year) placements?

While we do not place our graduate students in their CFY, we are able to provide guidance as student’s search for their CFY.


 

 Does ETSU offer an on-campus daycare program?

Yes, ETSU has an on-campus daycare facility, Little Buccaneers. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 – 5:30 and serves children 3 months to 5 years of age.

http://www.etsu.edu/coe/child/littleBucs


 

 What recreational activities are available in Johnson City, TN.?

 

Johnson City is located in the mountain and lake country of southern Appalachia close to the state lines of North Carolina and Virginia. Area recreational activities include boating, snow-skiing, white water rafting, fishing, and hiking. Many outdoor recreational adventure programs are available through ETSU’s Center for Physical Activity.