Online prerequisite courses needed before attending a graduate program in speech-language pathology (SLP) or becoming a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA).
Our fully online, asynchronous prerequisite courses offer two pathways that allow you to start at any time from any location. Our speech-language pathology (SLP) online courses are offered every semester, allowing you to complete the leveling coursework you need to apply to a graduate program in communication sciences and disorders.
The speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) pathway can be completed in as few as three semesters, finishing with the SLPA course offered each spring. This would allow you to enter the field as an SLPA. The prerequisite courses are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Take that next step in your career or just learn something new — either way, we'll help. SLP online at Longwood was created in 2005, prior to the launch of Longwood’s Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program. Since then Longwood has enrolled students across the Commonwealth, the United States and the globe, including Canada, Germany, Haiti, Kuwait, Thailand and more. In 2022 Longwood created the SLPA course and launched the SLPA pathway, allowing students to pursue speech-language pathology assistant certification.
Choose Your Path
Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants:
To begin your career and work as a speech-language pathologist, a master’s degree and a clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) are required. If you are interested in applying for a speech-language pathologist (SLP) master’s degree program but have a bachelor’s degree in another field, a series of undergraduate prerequisite courses in communication disorders is necessary. We’ve designed our SLP online courses to help you with these prerequisites.
If you are pursuing a speech-language pathologist assistant certification, we have the resources for you to succeed with our quality online coursework! Those with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution can complete our SLPA pathway. This leveling coursework consists of six prerequisites. Use the path below to prepare for the SLPA exam and start your career!
View, download and print the SLPA factsheet (pdf).
We’re ready when you are! At Longwood you will find a path to your professional interests with a supportive and innovative learning community that will provide you with the tools and preparation needed to be successful as a speech-language pathologist in both medical and educational fields.
APPLICATION DEADLINES — Summer - May 3 | Fall - Aug. 10 | Spring - Jan. 3
- Online application.
- Unofficial transcript (only needed if leveling coursework was completed at a school other than Longwood).
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Longwood University offers an outstanding and affordable education. Tuition is discounted for our professional studies students at $280 per credit hour (in-state) or $355 per credit hour (out-of-state). Financial aid is available. Rates effective 2022-23.
Under specific conditions, financial aid is available for these courses. You must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Please contact Longwood University’s Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434)395-2077.