FAQ

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 CDIS or ETSU websites, contact: SLPProgram@etsu.edu.

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

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

Q: How can I receive information about the program?

Q: When is the application deadline?

Q: Where should I mail my application packet?

Q: What should I include in my graduate application packet?

Q: What are ETSU’s CDIS undergraduate course requirements in      speech and hearing?

Q: What are my options if I don’t have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in Communicative  Disorders?

Q: What courses do you offer as part of the CDIS Speech-Language Pathology program?

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

Q: Is ETSU’s program ASHA accredited?

Q: How do you prepare students to become Certified ASHA clinicians?

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

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

Q: Is a thesis or dissertation required?

Q: Do you have an on-campus clinic?

Q: What clinical and practicum student placements does ETSU offer?

Q: What research opportunities are available?

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

Q: What is the cost to attend ETSU?

Q: What is the average incoming class size?

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

Q: How large is ETSU’s CDIS faculty and what are their specialties?

Q: What college is your program located in within ETSU?

Q: Where is the Communicative Disorders department located on ETSU’s campus?

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

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

Q: Does ETSU offer an on-campus daycare program?


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

A: You can e-mail questions to:

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

If you are interested in attending an open house, please R.S.V.P. at:   

Q: How can I receive information about the program?

A: Send your contact information to:    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. Vijaya K Guntupalli 423-439-4261

AUD Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Patricia Chase  423-439-5252   

Q: When is the application deadline?

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

Q: Where should I mail my application packet?

A: 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, 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 37614-0720

Q: What should I include in my graduate application packet?

A: 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/dome.asp

  • 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.
  • A completed application form (can apply online or mail in paper application).
  • One official transcript from every college or university where the applicant has taken courses, except for previous course work at ETSU. Applications will not be considered without all transcripts.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $25 ($35 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):

  • A personal essay of 150-300 words, detailing your interests in a graduate program at ETSU.
  • A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in the undergraduate major;
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 or a GPA of 3.0 in the last two (2) years;
  • Prerequisite coursework* (Conditional admissions may be considered for students with a bachelor’s degree who have not completed the prerequisite coursework.)
  • Submission of Quantitative, Qualitative, and Analytical writing score of the GRE.
  • 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/pdf/recommend.pdf )
  • ETSU undergraduate CDIS minor students do not need to submit three letters of recommendation.

Q: What are ETSU’s CDIS undergraduate course requirements in speech and hearing?

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

1. A minimum of six (6) credit-hours in the biological/physical sciences.

2. A minimum of three (3) credit-hours in mathematics.

3. 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.

4. 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 CDIS undergraduate minor in Speech-Language Pathology offers the following courses in the area of Speech and Hearing:

    Communication Sciences and Disorders (3hrs)

    Speech and Hearing Science I (4hrs)

    Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Systems : (3hrs)

    Speech and Hearing Science II: (4hrs)

    Language Development: (3hrs)

    The Clinical Process (3hrs)

5. At least twenty-five (25) clinical observation credits under the supervision of an ASHA-certified professional.

Q: What are my options if I don’t have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in Communicative Disorders?

A: We have a 3-year program for individuals with a degree outside of communicative disorders, needing pre-requisite communicative disorders coursework. Your first year would consist of completing your pre-requisite coursework at the graduate level, with your second and third years dedicated to completing your graduate coursework and clinics.

Alternatively you could take the prerequisites courses the fall and spring semesters before applying. You would register as a non-degree seeking special student, using the undergrad course. Then you would apply for the 2-year graduate program.

Q: What courses do you offer as part of the CDIS Speech-Language Pathology program?

A: Click Here

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

A: Yes, there are 3 tracts.

  1. Our 2-year program is for students who have an undergraduate major or minor in communicative disorders that includes all our pre-requisites.
  2. Our 3 year program is for individuals who already have a degree outside of communicative disorders and who do not have the pre-requisite courses. Your first year would include the pre-requisite courses at the graduate level and a few core courses. In the second and third years you would complete the core and elective courses and clinics.
  3. Finally, 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.

Q: Is ETSU’s program ASHA accredited?

A: 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.

Q: How do you prepare students to become Certified ASHA clinicians?

A: 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.

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

A: We offer a Master’s of Science degree in our Communicative Disorders program for Speech-Language Pathology.

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

A: 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.

Q: Is a thesis or dissertation required?

A: 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.

The Literature Review portion includes introduction of the case, a review of the pertinent literature, the presentation of a clinical question, and a description of the assessment and treatment methodology. The Oral Presentation includes a brief review of the case, a description of assessment and treatment results, and discussion of treatment outcomes as they relate to the clinical question, current literature, and personal experience.

Q: Do you have an on-campus clinic?

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

Q: What clinical and practicum student placements does ETSU offer?

A: click here

Q: What research opportunities are available?

A: click here

Q: 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 Communicative Disorders 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/gasch/gasch_faq-02.asp

Q: What is the cost to attend ETSU?

A: To be considered a full-time graduate student (9 credit hours) the fees for the 2010-2011 academic year are as follows:

                      9 credit hours       12 credit hours

        Instate: $3,415.50                $3,837.50

Out of State: $8,581.50                $9,749.50

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

• North Carolina: Ashe, Avery, 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: click here

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Q: What is the average incoming class size?

A: The average incoming class size is typically between 23-25 students.

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

A: The mean GRE scores from the 2010-2011 academic year was 990, with an overall mean GPA of 3.6 and in-major GPA of 3.74.

Q: How large is ETSU’s CDIS faculty and what are their specialties?

A: The faculty of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology covers a diverse field of specialties within speech-language pathology and audiology. The faculty are here to share with you current knowledge of human communication sciences and disorders.

Speech- Language Pathology Faculty  

Audiology Faculty

Q: What college is your program located in within ETSU?

A: The College of Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

Q: Where is the Communicative Disorders department located on ETSU’s campus?

A: The Communicative Disorders 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 908 West Maple St. (#153 on ETSU main campus map).

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

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

Q: Does ETSU offer an on-campus daycare program?

A: 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://child.etsu.edu/programs/littlebucs/lilbucs.htm

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

A: 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.