Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Post-Bachelor's Program?
The Post-bachelor’s program is designed for individuals who have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree in an area other than Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology.
- How is the Post-Bachelor's Program different from the SLPA Certificate Program?
The Post-Bachelor’s Program is designed to prepare you for a graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Consequently, the Post-Bachelor’s Program is not designed to prepare you to work as a speech-language pathology assistant in the state of Texas. On the other hand, the SLPA Certificate Program is designed to prepare you to work as a speech-language pathology assistant in the state of Texas. You will earn a certificate at the conclusion of the program. You will not obtain a second bachelor's degree in either program.
- I need to work full time. How can I do the PB program?
We do not have an alternative program for individuals who need to work during the day. Depending on the semester, PB classes meet at varying times on M-W-F and T-Th patterns that require flexible employment situations.
- Will it shorten my PB program if I start in the spring semester?
No. Classes are very tightly sequenced. All the courses you take in the fall semester are pre-requisites for the spring semester courses. If you do not wish to take the full course load, a two-year PB option is available.
- Will I get another Bachelor’s degree when I complete the PB program?
No. The PB program is designed to offer pre-requisites to graduate school admission. It is a non-degree program.
- Is financial aid available for PB students?
Yes. See the financial aid section of this website.
- What is the approximate cost of the PB program?
See Tuition and Fees at the University of Houston.
- What application form do I use to apply to the PB program?
You must use the forms designed for applying to thePost-bachelor’s program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (ComD) before you apply to the University. Please click here for more information on applying to the Post-bachelor's program.
- Do I apply to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to attend the PB program?
Yes. You must be accepted into the Post-bachelor’s program through the University of Houston, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (ComD) before you apply to the University. If you are not accepted into the Department, you will be un-enrolled from post-bachelor’s courses. Please click here for more information on applying to the Post-bachelor's program.
- What are the requirements for acceptance into the PB program?
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 is required to be considered for admission. There is also a limited number of students that are admitted to the PB program each year (2010: 30 were admitted, 2011: 40 were admitted, 2012: 40 were admitted). You must also meet the general admission requirements of the University of Houston. Your progress will be carefully monitored; however, to be sure you meet the minimum requirements for consideration in the graduate program.
- What materials need to be submitted with the initial application to the PB program?
a. TRANSCRIPTS: One official transcript from each institution attended (INCLUDING UH, if you took undergraduate courses at UH). These must be received in a sealed envelope with a stamped seal across the envelope flap.
b. PERSONAL STATEMENT: A personal statement that describes your interests, relevant activities and any other pertinent information. Please keep to 1-2 pages long.
c. GRE SCORES: GRE scores will be accepted up to 5 years after the test was taken. The institution code for the University of Houston Main Campus (UH University Park) is 6870, and the department code is 0620.
d. INFORMATION SESSION ATTENDANCE: Attendance at an Information Session is required. Please click here for session dates and locations.
e. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS STATEMENT: The signed Eligibility Requirements & Essential Functions statemen
f. FEE: A $50.00 non-refundable processing fee made out to UH COMD. Please click here for more information on applying to the Post-bachelor's program.
- What is the deadline for application to the PB program?
Applications will be accepted from September 1 until a January 7.
- Why am I not accepted into the graduate program when I begin the PB program?
One reason is financial. You would be paying graduate credit fees for undergraduate courses. Another reason is that we need to be able to assess your ability to do the coursework in the Communication Sciences and Disorders major before admission to the graduate program.
If you have any further questions, you may contact the PB advisor, Ms. Laura Cizek by email or phone at 713-743-5503.
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Post-Bachelor's Advisor Contact Information:
Post-Bachelor's Program Advisor
Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders
100 Clinical Research Services Center
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-6018