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SLPOnline Prerequisite Coursework

Master's programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders require either a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or an out-of-discipline bachelor's degree with the foundation coursework necessary to succeed in the advanced level courses in graduate school.

The Longwood SLPOnline prerequisites offer the necessary discipline preparatory courses. You may take any combination of the nine prerequisite courses.  Some of the SLPOnline prerequisite courses require a prerequisite(s).  Those prerequisites include courses in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Mathematics. That coursework is not offered through this series of online prerequisite courses.


Course Descriptions

IMPORTANT DATE NOTES - Visit "How Do I Get Started?" for more info:

  • Registration for the Fall 2016 semester began March 17, 2016 and ends August 19, 2016.
  • Summer 2016 classes began May 23, 2016 and end August 5, 2016.


Each of the nine courses below is offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  To look up your courses, please visit Course Search on the Registration Office website.  Courses are listed under the subject 'CSDS - Professional'.  Summer courses are listed under the Summer II term.

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.  (Please note that PCSD 201 is recommended but is not required for graduate school.)

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 290  Morphology and Syntax
Learn the terminology and its application to analyzing language samples. 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
Anatomical structures of the human communication system and the physiology of inter-related movements. 3 credits.
Prerequisite: Biology 101

PCSD 314 Phonology and Language Disorders
The identification and evaluation of phonological and language disorders in children and adolescents, etiological factors, and basic assessment and management procedures for a culturally and linguistically diverse populations. 3 credits.
Prerequisites: PCSD 285 & 307

PCSD 361 Introduction to Audiology
Physics of sound; physiology of hearing; types and amounts of hearing loss; hearing evaluation: audiometry 3 credits.
Prerequisite: PCSD 313

PCSD 450 Speech Science
An introduction to speech science theory, instrumentation, and measurement.   Emphasis on normal speech perception and production. 3 credits.
Prerequisites: PCSD 307, 313 and 361

PCSD 455 Neurology in Human Communication
An overview of neurology as it relates to communication and Communication Sciences and Disorders. 3 credits.
Prerequisite: PCSD 313

PCSD 489 Introduction to Clinical Practice*
Class instruction related to clinical methods and practicum experience plus 20 hours field experience with a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist. 2 credits.  Prerequisite or co-requisite:  PCSD 314 or consent of instructor.   This course is ONLY offered each summer.

*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 spring 2016, students may not complete a clinical placement for Longwood credit in the following states:  California, District of Columbia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.  This list will be updated as states join SARA or Longwood secures authorization.  For more information about SARA, see nc-sara.org.

We advise, based on feedback from students in previous semesters, that students not enroll in more than 6 credit hours per semester.


Interested in online courses? Download the Online Learning Strategies guide (pdf)


SLPOnline Prerequisite Coursework

There is a high demand for these courses and the earlier you submit your SLPOnline enrollment form, the better your chance of obtaining the courses of your choice.  If your plans change after registering, please drop promptly.  These courses are in high demand and fill quickly.  Dropping promptly will allow someone else to have the space.

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. 


Attention Students Taking Phonetics (PCSD 307)

Students must have the text for the course as well as the accompanying CD-ROM and have installed pepperfont on their computer within the first week of class .

The text for the course is: 
Shriberg, L., & Kent, R. (2003). Clinical Phonetics (4th Edition). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon

You will find information as to how to download the pepper font from this website: 


Canvas by Instructure

Use Canvas to access your online course space.  You may begin attempting to access the course a few days early, but many instructors don't open the course until the day classes begin.


Need more information?  Review the SLP Online Guide (pdf)