These online courses are the prerequisites you'll likely need to apply to a graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  We offer each of the nine available prerequisites during the fall, spring and summer semesters, plus a tenth course (Introduction to Clinical Practice) which is offered during the summer only. 

Longwood's bachelor's and master's degree programs in Communication Sciences are offered only on campus. We do not offer the BS or MS online.

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) at Longwood University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

ASHA National Office 
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
(800)498-2071 or (301)296-5700
(2015 - 2023)

Use the links below to find more information about cost, deadlines and the enrollment process.



These courses are the prerequisites you'll probably need to apply to a graduate program in communication sciences and disorders:

  • Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • Language Development
  • Morphology and Syntax
  • Phonetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
  • Phonology and Language Disorders
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Speech Science
  • Neurology in Human Communication
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice

View All Speech-Language Pathology Online Course Listing Descriptions. 


Tuition for SLPOnline Courses

Fall 2019:

  • In-state: $280.00 per credit
  • Out-of-state: $355.00 per credit


Longwood sends eBills to your Longwood email account; bills are not sent via regular mail. Be sure to check your Longwood email account regularly or set it to forward to an account you monitor frequently.

Important Dates

Fall 2019

  • Online application opens February 15, 2019
  • Registration begins March 19, 2019
  • Online applications due by August 30, 2019 (latest that we can accept online applications for fall)
  • Courses begin August 26, 2019
  • Courses end December 13, 2019
  • Last day to add/drop is September 3, 2019 by 5 p.m. ET
  • Last day to withdraw with no academic penalty (however all tuition and fee charges will still apply):  November 6, 2019 by 5 p.m. ET

Spring 2020

  • Online application opens September 23, 2019
  • Registration begins October 24, 2019
  • Online applications due by January 19, 2020 (latest that we can accept applications for spring)
  • Courses begin January 14, 2020
  • Courses end May 7, 2020
  • Last day to add/drop is January 22, 2020 by 5 p.m. ET
  • Last day to withdraw with no academic penalty (however all tuition and fee charges will still apply): March 31, 2020 by 5 p.m. ET


If you plan to take one of the following courses offered as part of the SLPOnline coursework, you must have completed the required prerequisites listed below.  

While some of the online courses have prerequisites, ALL but the Biology requirement for Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms can be completed within our sequence of available courses.

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
    • requires BIO 101 or equivalent
  • Phonology and Language Disorders
    • requires Language Development and Phonetics
  • Introduction to Audiology
    • requires Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
  • Speech Science
    • requires Phonetics, Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms, and Introduction to Audiology
  • Neurology in Human Communication
    • requires Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice (offered in summer only)
    • requires Phonology and Language Disorders as a prerequisite or co-requisite OR consent of instructor.

If the prerequisites were taken at Longwood, you will not need to submit proof of having the prerequisite.

If the prerequisites were NOT taken at Longwood, you will need to submit a transcript (unofficial or official) from the college where you took the prerequisite course for evaluation.  

Please contact Dr. Shannon Salley, Coordinator of SLP Online, for the following 

  • Evaluate transcripts and prerequisite completion  
  • Questions related to any course or its content
  • Coursework advising 

Coursework advising is done via email since these courses are online. 

Email inquiries to and will result in the fastest response to your questions

Dropping A Course

If your plans change after registration, please drop the course promptly.  Courses are in high demand and fill quickly.  

Drop by the Add/Drop deadline

  • Access your account through myLongwood  
  • Follow prompts to complete the Add/Drop process

Confirm that the Drop processed 

  • 'View Detail Schedule' found on the Student Tab 
    • If the course is still showing, you have not completed all the steps to Drop the course(s). 
    • Go back to the Add/Drop function and complete the process again

A Drop processed by the Add/Drop deadline removes tuition and fee charges. 

Failure to not login or access the course will not Drop the course. You must complete the Add/Drop process. 

Why can't I Drop my course? If course payment has not been received by the due date, a hold will be placed on your account, which will prohibit adding or dropping.

If you have a hold on your account and are still within the add/drop period, contact the Registrar's Office (434) 395-2580 to drop the course(s).

You will need to complete a Schedule Change Form (pdf) and submit it by fax or email to the Registrar's Office.

Withdrawing from a Course

Withdraw during Withdrawal Period (from add/drop deadline to withdrawal deadline)
*All tuition and fee charges will still apply. 

Withdrawal requests after the deadline (no academic penalty) 
Course withdrawal requests are considered for medical or other non-academic emergencies no later than noon on the last day of class. *All tuition and fee charges will still apply.

Please provide:

  • Written withdrawal request 
  • Supporting documentation from a physician or other applicable support 

Submit materials to the College of Graduate & Professional Studies

Please confirm receipt of materials. Call (434)395-2580 or e-mail for confirmation


How do these classes impact my current GPA?

Successful completion of these SLPOnline courses will NOT guarantee admission to graduate school at Longwood University or any other college/university.  Your performance in these courses will not affect or be averaged with your cumulative undergraduate GPA earned in a bachelor’s degree.  Your cumulative GPA earned with a bachelor’s degree must meet the minimum required for admission (3.0 at Longwood University) in order to be considered.  If you have earned a master’s degree, it supersedes the bachelor’s degree for admission criteria related to GPA.  Many graduate programs in speech-language pathology (including Longwood University) require a minimum grade of ‘B-‘ or higher in specific discipline courses.

If you are transferring these SLPOnline courses to another university, you should contact that university to understand the impact of your grade(s) on your GPA at that university. 

Is financial assistance available for the SLPOnline prerequisites?

Under specific conditions, financial aid is available for these prerequisites.  You must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Please contact the Longwood University Financial Aid Office at or 434-395-2077 or toll-fee at 800-281-4677.  You may also visit their website,

Do I need official transcripts?

No, you can submit a copy of your transcripts with the Application for Professional Studies form or via e-mail to or via fax to (434) 395-2750. 

Is there a certain sequence that must be followed in the coursework?

There is a recommended sequence of courses that follows the numerical order.  You may take any combination of courses of the nine offered, but pay attention to the prerequisites required for some of the courses.  We advise, based on feedback from previous students, to not enroll in more than 6 credit hours per semester.  We do allow a maximum of 9 credit hours per semester.

If I don’t take a course in a semester after I begin, what do I do to reactivate my access?

Send an e-mail to requesting to be reactivated for the term you wish to enroll.

Once registered, how do I access my course?

Longwood uses Canvas as its learning management system.  You may begin attempting to access the course a few days early, but many instructors don’t open the course until the day the class begins.  Be sure to log in to your Longwood email at least twice a week OR have it forwarded automatically to an account you check frequently.

Are these courses in high demand?

Yes, these courses are in high demand and fill quickly.  You are NOT automatically dropped for non-participation in a course.  If your plans change after registering, please drop PROMPTLY to allow another student to take your place.

SLP Prerequisites Online Welcome Guide

For More Information, please review the SLP Prerequisites Online, 2019 Welcome Guide.