When Alex (Bing) Marchbanks ’14, SLP ’18 graduated from Pacific, she never could have imagined the niche area of speech-language pathology that her career would lead her to. Since 2021, she has been treating premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit with feeding and swallowing disorders.
The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate program for students with a degree in another discipline to prepare for application to graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology.
The speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate program in communication sciences and disorders is a non-degree program. The post-bacc course sequence provides in-depth study of normal speech, language and hearing processes, and a background orientation to disorders of communication.
Why Complete Your Speech-Language Pathology Post-Baccalaureate at Pacific University?
Fully online (asynchronous), in-person, or hybrid program options
All admitted post-baccalaureate students receive one-on-one advising from dedicated faculty. Students can choose between fully online, hybrid, or in-person programs lasting between one and two years. In the fully online program, students can complete course requirements on their own schedule, accommodating for work and/or caregiving responsibilities. We understand the real-life responsibilities of our students and strive to create a learning environment that supports the learning process. Our post-bacc program is designed to meet the requirements of admission into graduate school for speech-language pathology.
Our 'Early Assurance' program
This program provides Pacific post-bac students an opportunity to receive an offer of admission to Pacific’s graduate program in speech-language pathology up to 3 months earlier than the typical application timeline. Eligible students can submit application materials, participate in an admissions interview, and receive an offer of admission before the end of the Fall semester. This process mirrors the holistic review methods we use during the regular admissions cycle, just on an earlier timeline. No matter what, ALL Pacific post-bac students are guaranteed an interview in the typical application cycle when they apply to Pacific for grad school!
All courses taught by Pacific’s award-winning faculty
All courses in the post-baccalaureate program are taught by Pacific University’s award-winning faculty. Instructors are academic and clinical faculty from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the School of Audiology. Our faculty has received national and state awards for teaching in higher education, professional advocacy and service in the community. The instructors also teach our graduate level courses, so post-bacc students are learning from the same faculty as our graduate students.
Full-time or part-time options available
The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Pacific understands the demands and responsibilities of school and life. Students can start the post-bacc program in the Fall or Spring semester and we offer full-time and part-time program options to fit your needs. Admitted students will meet with an advisor to discuss your options and identify a program plan that is individualized to your current needs and future plans. Many of our post-bacc students go on to apply for graduate school to become speech-language pathologists or audiologists. Our program provides you with the necessary coursework that most graduate programs require for admission.
Prospective and current students should note that admission to graduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology is highly competitive. We offer advising and support to students and both prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to contact individual graduate programs to verify needed pre-requisites and determine the extent to which they are likely to be a competitive applicant for that graduate program. Successful completion of the coursework offered through this speech pathology post-baccalaureate program does not guarantee successful admission to graduate programs at Pacific University or any other graduate program nationally or internationally.
We're here to help on your way to your post-baccalaureate! Learn about the admissions process and contact your admissions counselor.
Speech-Language Pathology Post-Baccalaureate Tuition and Financial Aid
Our full program is 29 credits and it is the only fully online program available in Oregon and SW Washington. We seek to be transparent about the cost of attendance and financial aid opportunities.
Post-bacc students are eligible for financial aid when they maintain certain requirements. Our Financial Aid team can help you understand your options for financing the program.
The Frequently Asked Questions overview is a good resource to review for information about coursework, schedules and more.
Pacific University Professor Kerry Mandulak is the President-Elect of the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Most recently, she served as the association's vice president for finance.
The Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association has has awarded its 2023 annual Award of Clinicianship to Assistant Professor Mary Mitchell, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.