Post-baccalaureate

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a post-baccalaureate program designed to prepare students for graduate level study in the fields of speech pathology or audiology. This program is intended for students who already have a bachelor (or a master degree) in an area other than communication disorders.

This is a “lockstep” program, meaning that the series of pre-requisite courses must be taken in the specific sequence as listed. The post-baccalaureate program consists of 50 credits spread over 4 successive quarters (fall through summer).

Is this program for me?


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If you have a B.A. or B.S. degree in Linguistics or Speech Science, while this offers you a wonderful background, it is NOT a substitute for a bachelor's degree in CSD/speech pathology/audiology for the purposes of prerequisite information. You are still required to complete the post-baccalaureate program.

Not everyone is suited to work with clients in the clinical fields of speech-language pathology and audiology even though the student may maintain a satisfactory academic record. The faculty and staff of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders thus reserve the right to counsel students with this in mind, and to recommend a change of academic focus for the student who appears to have personality traits that would prevent the student from being successful in the discipline.

The program is administered by WWU Extended Education (EE). It is important to note that acceptance into this post-baccalaureate program does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program. These are two separate programs, and you will need to apply to the graduate program the following year. If you are interested in applying to the post-baccalaureate program, please contact Jenny Hebert, 360-650-7780, jenny.hebert@wwu.edu for an application form.

More information and Contact Info

Information sessions and site tours are available one day per month (TBD quarterly) after classes begin from October through May or upon prior arrangement. Information sessions and tours for fall quarter are scheduled for November 9, November 30, and December 12 from 10 am to 12 pm. To schedule an information session and/or a site tour please contact the department office at (360) 650-3885 or SLP.Admissions@wwu.edu.

ONLINE INFORMATION SESSIONS are scheduled for 6 - 7 pm on Wednesday, October 17; Wednesday, November 28; Monday, December 17; and Wednesday, January 16.  Please RSVP with Jenny Hebert (contact information below) to secure your online space via Zoom.  We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have regarding our program.

Contact Information

Program Information Application Information
Jennifer Thistle, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
Jennifer.Thistle@wwu.edu
Assistant Professor and Post-Baccalaureate Program Coordinator
360-650-3157
Jenny Hebert
Jenny.Hebert@wwu.edu
360-650-7780