General Information

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.

Job Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

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

CoursesCredits
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
Total12 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

CoursesCredits
Physical Sciences, Physics or Chemistry3 Semester Credit - Hours
Biological Sciences or Biology3 Semester Credit - Hours
Mathematics3 Semester Credit - Hours
Social Sciences or Behavioral Sciences3 Semester Credit - Hours
Total12 Semester Credit-Hours

 

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

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CLASSES COMMENCEMENT DATE

The Speech Language Pathology Program has implemented curriculum changes. The program study starts each year in the month of July.

 

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 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.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Approval of a minimum of 62 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.

Accreditation

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 YearNumber Students Completing on TimeNumber of students completing later than on-timeNumber of students not completing
2017-20181330
2016-20171240
2015-20161120

 

PRAXIS Examination in Speech-Language Pathology Pass Rate

Graduation YearNumber of Test -takers Taking the PRAXIS examNumber of Test-takers Passed
2017-20181313
2016-20171110
2015-20161211

3-year average: 94.44

 

Employment Rate in the Profession Within One Year of Graduation

Graduation YearNumber of Graduates EmployedNumber of Graduates not Employed
2017-2018162
2016-2017120
2015-2016130

3-Year Average:  95.35  

 

Student/Faculty Ratio 6

 

Curriculum

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Informative Sheet

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Course Validation Table

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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

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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
00936-5067

Program Director

Edna J. Carlo, ClinScD., CCC-SLP, BCS-F
787-758-2525, Ext. 3208, 4401
Fax: 787-756-3596
edna.carlo@upr.edu

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

Program Blog

http://phlrcmupr.weebly.com/

Professional Links

American Speech-Language and Hearing Association

http://www.asha.org/default.htm

Organización Puertorriqueña de Patología del Habla-Lenguaje y Audiología

http://www.opphla.com/

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association

https://www.nsslha.org/

International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics

http://www.ialp.info/

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.