General Information

Speech-language pathologists have the responsibility of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals with language, swallowing and speech disorders in areas such Speech-Language Pathologyas 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.
  • To participate in a preliminary Program interview.
  • To be fluent in a written and oral Spanish. The student must also demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of English language.
  • To have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on the undergraduate courses listed in Table 1.

Table 1. Prerequisite Courses

Linguistic or Grammar3 Semester Credit - Hours
Statistics3 Semester Credit - Hours
Human Development and Learning3 Semester Credit - Hours
General Concepts on Children and Adult Impairments3 Semester Credit - Hours
Total12 Semester Credit - Hours

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

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

Physical Sciences or Chemistry3 Semester Credit - Hours
Biological Sciences3 Semester Credit - Hours
Mathematics3 Semester Credit - Hours
Social Sciences / 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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The Speech Language Pathology Program is in the process to implement some curriculum changes. The proposal has been approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs of the University of Puerto Rico. It is expected these changes will be implemented for the academic year 2017-2018. Please be aware of changes.

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.

Student Outcome Data

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

Program Completion Rates

Graduation YearNumber Students that Completed the Program Within the Expected Time FrameNumber of Students that Completed Later Than Expected Time Frame Through a Special Curriculum SequenceNumber of Students that Did Not Complete the ProgramPercentage of Students that Completed the Program

PRAXIS Examination in Speech-Language Pathology Pass Rate

Graduation YearNumber of Graduates that Took the PRAXIS examNumber of Studentst hat PassedPercent of students that Passed the PRAXIS

Employment Rate in the Profession Within One Year of Graduation

Graduation YearNumber of graduatesPercent of graduates employed in the profession Within 1 Year of Graduation

Student/Faculty Ratio – 15:1


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Informative Sheet

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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

Program Director

Nicolás Linares Orama, 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.