The speech-language pathologists have the responsibility of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating persons with language, swallowing and speech disorders in areas such as articulation, fluency, voice, and augmentative and alternative communication. 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.
Program graduates are generally hired in Puerto Rico by private corporations or are independent service providers. There are additional employment opportunities in government agencies, federal programs, non-profit institutions and university institutions.
Program of Study
The program consists of two full-time academic years, including two summers.
Applicants are expected to fulfill the following requirements for admission to the Program:
- 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).
- Submit scores for the Prueba de Admisión a Estudios Postgraduado (EXADEP). The exam should be taken within five (5) years of the application date. Qualified applicants must obtain a minimum score of 500. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not considered.
- Participate in a preliminary Program orientation interview in which a written exercise will be carried out in Spanish and English.
- Be fluent in a written and oral Spanish. The student must also demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of English language.
- Have a minimum Specific Grade Point Average of 3.0 on the undergraduate courses listed in Table 1 and 2.
Table 1. Prerequisite Courses
|Linguistic or Hispanic 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|
** At evaluation, student must have approved all courses of Table 1, and a maximum of two courses can be in progress of Table 2.
- To approve the four (4) courses listed in Table 2.
Table 2. Courses in basic and social sciences and in mathematics
|Physical Sciences, Physics or Chemistry||3 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Biological Sciences or Biology||3 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Mathematics||3 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Social Sciences or 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
CLASSES COMMENCEMENT DATE
The Speech Language Pathology Program has implemented curriculum changes. The program study starts each year in the month of July.
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 February 15. 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.
- Approval of a minimum of 62 credit hours.
- Completion of a minimum of 400 hours of clinical practicum.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0.
- To pass either the Masters comprehensive examination or the Speech-Language Pathology PRAXIS Exam.
- 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.
Student Outcome Data
These numbers are based on a total of 15 students admitted by cohort.
Program Completion Rates
|Graduation Year||Number Students Completing on Time||Number of students completing later than on-time||Number of students not completing|
PRAXIS Examination in Speech-Language Pathology Pass Rate
|Graduation Year||Number of Test -takers Taking the PRAXIS exam||Number of Test-takers Passed|
3-year average: 94.44
Employment Rate in the Profession Within One Year of Graduation
|Graduation Year||Number of Graduates Employed||Number of Graduates not Employed|
3-Year Average: 95.35
Student/Faculty Ratio 6
Course Validation Table
Alphabetical List of Faculty
Dr. Edna J. Carlo Mirabal
Dr. Maria I. Jimenez Castro
Dr. Nicolas Linares Orama
Dr. Gloria M. Velez Barrios
Dr. Gloriana Cruz
Program’s Strategic Plan
School of Health Profession, at the, Medical Sciences Campus, Monacillo Area, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Programa de Patologia del Habla-Lenguaje
Escuela de Profesiones de la Salud
PO Box 365067
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Edna J. Carlo, ClinScD., CCC-SLP, BCS-F
787-758-2525, Ext. 3208, 4401
Ms. Vilma Fuentes Pérez
Main Office Phone Number
787-758-2525, Ext. 4401
Fax – 787-756-3596
American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
Organización Puertorriqueña de Patología del Habla-Lenguaje y Audiología
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.