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Patología del Habla y Lenguaje

General Information

Speech-language pathologists have the responsibility of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals with language, swallowing and speech disorders in areas such as articulation, voice, and fluency. They evaluate the speech and language patterns of children and adults, determine whether communication problems exist, and offer appropriate intervention. Professionals enrolled in the Speech-Language Pathology Program study typical and atypical communication and swallowing processes, different intervention approaches and preventive practices.


Job Opportunities

Program graduates are qualified to work in government agencies such as the Department of Health, Education, and Family Services. Also, graduates could be employed in programs funded by the federal government, nonprofit organizations, private institutions, universities, or private practice.

Program of Study

The program of study consists of two full-time academic years, including the summer of the first year of studies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to fulfill the following requirements for admission to the Program:

To hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a general point average of at least 3.0 (based on a four point scale from 0.0 to 4.0).

To submit scores for the Prueba de Admisión a Estudios Postgraduado (EXADEP). The exam should be taken within two (2) years of the application date. Qualified applicants get a minimum score of 500. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not considered.
3. To participate in a preliminary Program interview.
4. To be fluent in a written and oral Spanish.  The student must also demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of English language.
5. To have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on the undergraduate courses listed in Table 1.


Table 1. Prerequisite Courses

Linguistic or Grammar 3 Semester Credit - Hours
Statistics 3 Semester Credit - Hours
Human Development and Learning 3 Semester Credit - Hours
General Concepts on Children and Adult Impairments 3 Semester Credit - Hours
Total 12 Semester Credit - Hours

6. To approve the four (4) courses listed in Table 2.

Table 2. Courses in basic and social sciences and in mathematics.

Physical Sciences or Chemistry 3 Semester Credit - Hours
Biological Sciences 3 Semester Credit - Hours
Mathematics 3 Semester Credit - Hours
Social Sciences / Behavioral Sciences 3 Semester Credit - Hours
Total 12 Semester Credit-Hours

Essential Functions and Attributes of Candidates for Admission and Graduation from the Speech-Language Pathology Program

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Application Deadlines

Students are admitted to the program in the academic year and can begin graduate studies in August of the current academic year. Applicants to the program should have submitted all application materials by January 31st. Applicants who have submitted their application by January 31st have until February 28th to complete the submission of application materials. Applications that remain incomplete after February 28th will not be considered for admission. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 787-758-2525, extension 5215.

Graduation Requirements

1. Approval of a minimum of 55 credit hours
2. Completion of a minimum of 400 hours of clinical practicum
3. A minimum grade point average of 3.0
4. To pass either the Masters comprehensive examination or the Speech-Language Pathology PRAXIS Exam.
5. Faculty recommendation.


The Master in science Speech-Language Pathology Program at The University of Puerto Rico (Medical Sciences Campus) is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


These numbers are based on a total of 15 students admitted by cohort. 

Program Completion Rates
Number of Students Admited by Cohort Number of students completed
program within
expected time frame
Number of students who completed later than expected time frame Number of students who did not completing the program Percentage of Students completing within the expected time frame (%)
(15 students)
12 1 2 80
(16 students)
14 1 1 88
(15 students)
11 2
(Expected to complete the program in June, 2016)
2 73
Three-Year Average 80

PRAXIS Examination in Speech-Language Pathology Pass Rate

Cohort Number of students who took the exam Number of students who passed the exam Percent of students who passed the exam (%)
2011-2013 12 12 100
2012/2014 15 15 100
2013/2015 11 11 100
Three-Year Average 100

Employment Rate in the Profession Within One Year of Graduation

Academic Year Number of graduates Percent of graduates employed in the profession (%)
2011-2013 12 100
2012-2014 14 100
2013-2015 11 Pending on reception of data
Three-Year Average   100

Student/Faculty Ratio 15:1


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Informative Sheet and Course Validation Table

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Course Validation Table

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Alphabetical List of Faculty

Prof. Edna J. Carlo Mirabal
Dr. Maria I. Jimenez Castro
Dr. Nicolas Linares Orama
Dr. Gloria M. Velez Barrios
Dr. Albert Villanueva Reyes

Program's Strategic Plan

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Physical Address

School of Health Profession, at the, Medical Sciences Campus, Monacillo Area, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Postal Address

Programa de Patologia del Habla-Lenguaje
Oficina #600
Escuela de Profesiones de la Salud
PO Box 365067

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Interim Program Director

Gloria M. Vélez Barrios, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
787-758-2525, Ext. 4409, 4401
Fax: 787-756-3596

Administrative Secretary
Ms. Vilma Fuentes Pérez
Main Office Phone Number
787-758-2525, Ext. 4401
Fax - 787-756-3596

Program Blog


Professional Links

American Speech-Language and Hearing Association


Organizacion Puertorriquena de Patologia del Habla-Lenguaje y Audiologia


National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association


International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics


Medical Sciences Campus Non-discriminatory Policy

The Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate against any University employer or candidate because of sex, color, place of birth, age, physical or mental handicap, origin or social condition, political or religious beliefs. 


Last Modified: 08/31/2015

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