Healthcare Studies, B.S. - Speech Language Pathology Assistant

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

Core Requirements (28 Credits)
HLS 100 – Introduction to Healthcare Professions
HLS 180 – Introduction to Research and Writing in Healthcare
HLS 210 – Principles of Patient Centered Healthcare
HLS 220 – Healthcare Communication

Select three from:
HLS 260 – Medical Terminology of Body Systems and Diseases
HLS 310 – Electronic Health Information
HLS 315 – Healthcare Systems & Policy
HLS 330 – Case Studies in Healthcare Ethics or PHI 325 - Bio-Medical Ethics
HLS 410 – Medical Insurance and Billing

Statistical Reasoning (select one): 
MAT 107 – Elementary Statistics (T1QR)
HLS 240 – Statistics for Health and Clinical Sciences

Select one from:
HLS 370 – Perspectives in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Practices
HLS 380 – Cultural Humility for the Healthcare Professional
Select one additonal course in HLS at the 200, 300, or 400-level

Speech Lanaguage Pathology Assistant Concentration ( 21 Credits):
CMD 200 – Introduction to Developmental Communication Disorders
CMD 203 – Phonetics and Phonological Systems
CMD 317 – Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
CMD 319 – Language Development: Ages Birth to Five
CMD 419 – Language Acquisition: School Age: Adolescence
CMD 462 – Clinical Practicum for the Speech Language Pathology Assistant
CMD 463 – Speech Language Pathology Assistant Practicum


PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology (T2MB)
PSY 210 – Infant and Child Development
SED 225 –Introduction to Exceptionalities

Select one from:
PSY 215 – Adolescent Development
PSY 219 – Lifespan Development

Select one from:
EDU 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society (T2CC)
EDU 206 –Principles of Early Childhood Education (T2CC)

Select one from:
MUT 100 – Introduction to Music Therapy
REC 307 – Disabilities in Society
REC 312 – Therapeutic Play

Select one from:
BIO 100 – General Zoology (T2LE)
BIO 200 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I (T2LE)


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.