Course Plan

SLPĀ Online Prerequisites

Some of the SLP Online courses require prerequisites.

Prerequisites for several SLP Prerequisites classes:

  • PCSD 285
  • PCSD 307
  • PCSD 313

SLP Prerequisite Waiver Request

If you have taken the required prerequisite(s) at another college/university, please complete the SLP Prerequisite Waiver Request Form.


All advising is done via email.

SLP Online Prerequisite Course Descriptions 

PCSD 201 Introduction to Communication Disorders

An overview of various speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders; factors related to the causes and severity of communication and swallowing disorders; and the professionals associated with communication and swallowing disorders, specifically speech-language pathologists and audiologists. 3 credits

PCSD 285 Language Development

An introduction to the normal acquisition of language, including the components of language, the physical, social, and cognitive bases for language, theories of language development, and how language evolves from infancy through adulthood. Cultural influences on language development will also be explored. 3 credits

PCSD 307 Phonetics

The phonetic structure of the English language, its dialects and derivations; clinical application of the International Phonetic Alphabet. 3 credits

PCSD 313 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

Prerequisite: Biology 101 or equivalent

Anatomical structures of the human communications system and the physiology of inter-related movement. 3 credits

PCSD 315 Speech Sound Disorders

Pre-requisites: PCSD 307. Co-requisites: PCSD 316. 3 credits

Etiology, evaluation, and treatment of individuals with speech sound disorders including articulation and phonological disorders and an introduction of transcription for disordered speech with the use of diacritics. 

PCSD 316 Language Disorders Across the Lifespan

Pre-requisites: PCSD 285 Co-requisites: PCSD 315 3 credits

This course will examine the identification, evaluation, and treatment of language disorders across the lifespan in children, adolescents, and adults. The course will also explore etiological factors, and basic assessment and management procedures for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. 

PCSD 361 Introduction of Audiology and Hearing Science

Prerequisite: PCSD 313 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (may be taken concurrently)

Physics of sound; physiology of hearing; types and amounts of hearing loss; hearing evaluation: audiometry. 3 credits

PCSD 370 Aural Rehabilitation

Prerequisite: PCSD 307 Phonetics, PCSD 313 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms, and PCSD 361 Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science.

This course introduces students to the theories and procedures used to provide aural re (habilitation) to individuals with hearing loss across the lifespan. Interventions aimed at minimizing the communication difficulties associated with hearing, cultural issues, early identification, early intervention, amplification options, and educational/vocational placements are discussed. Students will learn how treatment approaches are tailored to the needs of individuals and their families. 3 credit

PCSD 450 Speech Science

Prerequisite: PCSD 307 Phonetics, PCSD 313 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms, and PCSD 361 Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science

An introduction to speech science theory, instrumentation, and measurement. Emphasis on normal speech perception and production. 3 credits



PCSD 455 Neurology in Human Communication

Prerequisite: PCSD 313 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms


An overview of neurology as it relates to communication and Communication Sciences and Disorders. 3 credits


PCSD 489 Introduction to Clinical Practice

Prerequisite: PCSD 315 Speech Sound Disorders & PCSD 316 Language Disorders Across the Lifespan OR PCSD 314 Phonology and Language Disorders or consent of instructor.

Class instruction related to clinical methods and practicum experience plus 25 hours field experience with a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist. 2 credits

PCSD 497 Roles, Responsibilities, and Competencies of the SLPA

A course including instruction on the roles, responsibilities, and scope of practice for a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) and how to effectively collaborate with an SLP. Pre-requisite: CSDS 489 or PCSD 489, 2 credits.

PBIO 101 Biological Concepts

This course introduces students to the nature, methods, and applications of biology. Conceptual topics include methods of biological investigation, molecular and cellular features of living things, mechanisms for the evolution and continuity of life, and ecological interactions among individuals, populations and their environment. Issues of contemporary and historical importance will be used to illustrate conceptual topics and demonstrate biology's relevance to the quality of human life and history and future of human civilizations.

This course does not meet the requirements for Biology or Liberal Studies majors.

  • Biology majors must take BIOL 120 as the entry-level introductory course
  • Liberal Studies majors must take BIOL 114 for the scientific reasoning pillar.

3 lecture and one 2-hour lab periods. 4 credits

PPHY 103 Conceptual Physics

This course is being piloted during the summer 2020 term.

A survey of basic physics principles taught from a conceptual basis. A broad survey of physics will be demonstrated in this course with such topics as mechanics, fluids, heat, electricity, magnetism, and light. The course will apply basic physics principles to our daily lives.

3 lectures and one 2 hour lab period. 4 credits

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary, regional approach to state authorization in which affiliated higher education institutions in member states agree to adhere to specific policies and standards related to distance education, supervised field experiences, and certain other activities.  As of summer 2017, students may complete an internship, clinical placement, practicum or student teaching for Longwood credit in any of the 50 states.

For more information about SARA, see