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.
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.
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 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|
- 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
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CHANGE IN COMMENCEMENT DATE OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-18
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.
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.
- Approval of a minimum of 55 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 that Completed the Program Within the Expected Time Frame||Number of Students that Completed Later Than Expected Time Frame Through a Special Curriculum Sequence||Number of Students that Did Not Complete the Program||Percentage of Students that Completed the Program|
PRAXIS Examination in Speech-Language Pathology Pass Rate
|Graduation Year||Number of Graduates that Took the PRAXIS exam||Number of Studentst hat Passed||Percent of students that Passed the PRAXIS|
Employment Rate in the Profession Within One Year of Graduation
|Graduation Year||Number of graduates||Percent of graduates employed in the profession Within 1 Year of Graduation|
Student/Faculty Ratio – 15:1
Course Validation Table
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
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
Nicolás Linares Orama, Ph.D., CCC, SLP
787-758-2525, Ext. 4409, 4401
Ms. Vilma Fuentes Pérez
Main Office Phone Number
787-758-2525, Ext. 4401
Fax – 787-756-3596
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.