Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently Asked Question's (FAQ's) for the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders' Cincinnati - Akron Online Speech Language Pathology program
At this time, the answer is unfortunately no. We cannot support our current supervision model for locations beyond three hours.
The Cincinnati - Akron Online SLP program is eight semesters. It starts every January with the spring semester and students will graduate two calendar years later following completing of the summer semester. For example, students enrolling in the January 2019 cohort will complete the program in August of 2021.
Currently the Cincinnati - Akron Online SLP program is designed to be a part-time program. Generally speaking, students take two content/disorders courses (e.g. voice, dysarthria) and a practicum or seminar each semester. There is clinical work associated with the practicum courses.
You cannot work full time for the duration of the program and complete the necessary clinical hours to complete the program. Additionally, many of our students report it is difficult to balance the academic curriculum with a full time job.
In the first two semesters there are no clinical placements. Starting in fall semester of the first year students are placed in clinic ½ day to one full day per week. Having a job that can give you this type of flexibility is highly beneficial. This timeline lasts until the fall semester of the 3rd year. If possible, additional availability in the second summer semester is helpful. In the final three semesters, students must be available a minimum of three days per week but some sites require four - five days of availability.
Please note: clinical placements are during traditional working hours, generally 8 am to 5 pm but some placements end as early at 3:00 pm.
The admissions committee reviews all aspects of the application. While this certainly includes previous GPAs, we also consider GRE scores, employment history and fields, and grades in prerequisite courses. Recent completion of prerequisite courses with a strong performance (A, A- grades) will be beneficial to the application. Additionally, retaking prerequisite courses in which grades below a B- and achieving higher grades will also benefit your application. Although these are recommendations, they do not guarantee admission to the program.
Please note: the graduate school requires a 3.0 GPA for admission.
Generally, we have three - four applications for every admission slot in the program. Our most recent cohort had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.4 and GRE scores of 148 verbal, 149 analytical, and 4.0 writing.
The program is designed to offer an opportunity to become a speech-language pathologist to those who have a barrier in completing a traditional on-campus program. The vast majority of our students are non-traditional, meaning they have been employed in other fields prior to admission. Examples of barriers to completing a traditional on-campus program include family commitments, distance, and employment requirements. We do not typically admit traditional students directly following an undergraduate program without the identification of such a barrier.
The short answer is yes, providing we can find appropriate supervision and you have the support of your current employer. We encourage you to discuss this with your employer prior to applying if you intended to maintain your employment.