Are you interested in becoming a speech language pathologist, but lacking the necessary prerequisites for graduate school?

The Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Bridge Program at Saint Mary’s College can open doors to the future you want. This program is perfect for recent graduates who don’t have a speech-language pathology major, or for mid-career professionals transitioning to a new career in SLP.

After completing this one-year program, you’ll have the prerequisite knowledge necessary for successful entry into our master of speech language pathology program.

A Strong Foundation for Speech Language Pathology Expertise

Our thorough curriculum gives you all the background information you need to excel in an SLP graduate program. You’ll learn about the biological principles behind SLP foundational approaches to speech language treatment, swallowing disorders ― and much more.

This 33-credit program consists of two semesters of in-depth coursework. For working professionals who prefer part-time study or students who start in the spring, the program can be extended to three or four semesters at no additional cost.

You’ll also have the option to complete an additional summer semester of clinical work. We have several on-campus SLP services available to our community, most notably the many free clinics in the Judd Leighton Speech and Language Clinic (JLSLC). You can be placed in a clinical environment to gain hands-on experience before your graduate program even begins.

This program is especially beneficial to Saint Mary’s graduates, who can earn a second bachelor’s degree upon completion. Those who want to attend Saint Mary’s for their Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology can familiarize themselves with the faculty, clinical opportunities, and other benefits that our campus offers.

A Simple, Affordable Registration Process

We make it easy for you to join this program. There is no application process ― all you have to do is register.

To join our Speech Language Pathology Bridge Program, simply complete this registration form  and attach your transcripts and resume/CV. (While there is no application, space is limited and enrollment is subject to availability.)

This program is competitively priced at $12,000 for students who need 14–33 credit hours of SLP bridge program work. Students seeking fewer credit hours can take courses at a discounted rate of $980 per credit hour.

Students who continue on to our SLP master’s program receive a $2,000 dollar scholarship.

Prepare for graduate studies with supportive professors

Completing my prerequisites at Saint Mary’s, I learned how friendly and supportive the professors are in making sure we understand the material and what it means to be an SLP in the field. Taking these prerequisites at SMC, I have an even better foundation, and that will help me feel more prepared for graduate school next fall.

– Vivian N. (class of 2023), SLP student

Careers for Speech Language Pathology Graduates

Graduates of our bridge program are prepared to pursue a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology (MSSLP) ― often continuing their studies right here at Saint Mary’s.

Once you complete your master’s degree, you’ll be able to find work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Early intervention
  • Elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Home health agencies and rehabilitation centers
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Hospitals and outpatient clinics
  • Offices of ear, nose, and throat doctors

The earnings potential for MSSLP graduates is strong. According to a survey by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the average annual salary for a full-time speech language pathologist is $80,000. Most entry-level speech language pathologists can expect to earn around $64,000 annually upon graduation.

In addition to being a well-compensated profession, speech language pathology is also growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the industry will grow by 21 percent by 2031 ― significantly greater than the average.