Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisites (Bridge) Program

Program Information

The Communication Science & Disorders Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisite (Bridge) Program offers a “bridge” to graduate training programs in speech-language pathology. The program spans three-semesters and includes a series of courses offered fully online. The program is designed specifically for students with undergraduate degrees in other fields, or for students who lack one or more required courses for entry to a graduate program. Completion of prerequisite courses prepares these students to apply to graduate studies in speech-language pathology. Additionally, successful completion of the courses provides the educational content and hours required by the Florida Department of Health to be eligible to become licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (SLP-A) in the state of Florida.

The School of Communication Science & Disorders is ranked among the top 10% of graduate schools in the United States (US News and World Report, 2015). With 22 full-time faculty scholars and clinical educators, our School is dedicated to clinical research and training. The School is fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

For a complete list of classes and the semesters in which they are offered, please see this link


The Bridge Program was developed to:

  1. Address critical shortages of speech-language pathologists in public schools and local communities.
  2. Increase access to graduate training programs in speech-language pathology.
  3. Provide content necessary to become licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Florida.
  4. Prepare students for graduate programs in speech-language pathology.
  5. Offer an alternative to traditional classroom instruction.

Intended Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Bridge Program will obtain:

  1. A broad foundational knowledge in the science of communication.
  2. The prerequisite coursework typically required for entry into most US graduate programs in speech-language pathology. See the course sequence page for information about the courses and when they are offered.
  3. Opportunities to obtain clinical observation hours required by most US graduate programs in speech-language pathology.

Minimum Requirements

Students are admitted to the Bridge Program every semester. Enrollment is competitive, application to the program does not guarantee admission. The following are minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a field other than communication science & disorders at a regionally-accredited institution prior to starting the course sequence.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. Nontraditional students may include a record of higher grades in recent coursework with an explanation for consideration.
  • A written admissions essay.

Admission to the Bridge Program does not include admission to the FSU Communication Science & Disorders Master’s Degree Program (commdisorders.cci.fsu.edu/academic-programs-admissions). The admission requirements for a Master’s Degree program should be investigated prior to enrolling in these courses, as prerequisite requirements vary across universities.

Admission Procedures

Application Deadlines: Summer Semester: April 1; Fall Semester: July 1; Spring Semester: November 1 (subject to change by School). Students must complete a multi-step application process.

  1. Submit the non-degree seeking graduate application to FSU Non-Degree Application with official transcripts.
  2. Submit the Bridge Program Online Application:
    1. The application to the SCSD Bridge Program.
    2. Admissions Essay should be send via email to FSUBridge@cci.fsu.edu and copy Constance Knight (constance.knight@cci.fsu.edu). Acceptable formats are Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF.
    3. A second copy of official transcripts
  3. Mail or hand deliver transcripts to:

Constance Knight
School of Communication Science & Disorders
Florida State University
201 W. Bloxham Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1200


FSU Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Registration Information

Once applicants are admitted by the School of Communication Science & Disorders an email will be transmitted before registration opens with information from the Academic Assistant on how to register for courses. Registration for non-degree seeking students is typically the Friday before the start of the semester. All applicants must be admitted by the university by this day to take classes for that semester. Registration is the responsibility of the student. For registration dates each term, see the most current academic calendar at: Academic Calendar. Also, please be aware that students must purchase the course textbook prior to the first day of class (information on the textbooks will be contained in the aforementioned email). Failure to purchase your textbook by the first class meeting will likely lead to a penalty on a course assignment.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates currently are $485.00 per credit hour for ALL residents (In State and Out of State) and are subject to change. Additional fees may be applied. Please check the web site for the most current rate. Each course is 4 graduate credit hours. All students are liable for tuition and fees for any courses remaining on their schedules after the fourth day of class. Please be sure you have your finances in order by the first day of classes to ensure you can pay for the courses by the fee payment deadline which is the third week of classes.

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Financial Aid

Typically, there is not financial aid available to non-degree seeking students. The FSU Financial Aid Office provides a form for students taking courses required for master’s degree program called the Special Student Request Form. Once you receive this form, it should be faxed to the School of Communication Science & Disorders at 850-644-6639 for signature. This form cannot be sent to the Financial Aid Office until your School application has been submitted and accepted. For more information on obtaining this form, contact the FSU Financial Aid Office at 644-0539.

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Minimum Technology Requirements

All courses are offered online and will use Blackboard extensively. To access Blackboard, you will need reliable, daily internet service and an active FSU ID is needed. For new students, information on how to acquire the FSU ID and email will be provided by the university upon admission. All courses will use Elluminate. Students may be required by the instructor to attend Elluminate sessions every week at a designated time. Courses are generally held in the evening to accommodate students with working schedules. The minimum system requirements for Elluminate are below:

  • 20 MB free disk space
  • 28.8 Kbps Internet connection
  • Windows Client: Windows 2000/XP/Vista or higher, Pentium III 500 MHz processor or better
  • Mac Client: Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher,G3, G4, G5 or Intel Processor
  • Linux Client: Red Hat Linux (RHEL4), Novell, SUSE 9 or 10, Pentium III 500 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM
  • Headset with microphone or sound card with speakers and microphone

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Admissions Essay

Please attach your essay response to the following prompt. Your response should be no more than 3 pages using APA style (6th edition). Please ensure your name is on the essay.

Essay Prompt

The 21st Century offers diverse opportunities and challenges for an SLP within a global society. Choose one or two areas of interest from the following list and discuss how the field of Speech Language Pathology can be incorporated within your chosen area of interest; what you believe you can contribute, and what you need to learn as a graduate student to prepare for the evolution of the field. Areas of Interest:

  • Technology
  • Cultural diversity
    • Bilingualism — English language learners
    • African American English
  • Longevity and aging of America
  • Medical and educational supports to newborns and families
  • Expanding scope of practice in education
  • Augmentative communication
  • Academic success (written oral communication of literacy across the curriculum)
  • Medical advance
    • Higher and longer survival rates with disease and trauma
    • Cochlear implants

Contact Us

For questions regarding the program, contact Constance Knight at constance.knight@cci.fsu.edu or at (850) 645-9371.

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