The speech-language pathologists have the responsibility of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating persons with communication, feeding and swallowing problems. Communication problems could include speech disorders, such as speech sounds, fluency and voice. It also includes difficulties with language, literacy, social and cognitive 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. Graduates are eligible for certification pending completion of a clinical fellowship year and approval of national exam (PRAXIS).
Program of Study
The program consists of two full-time academic years, including two summers. Part-time enrollment is possible, although less financial assistance is available to part-time students and the program will also take longer to complete. Students must be admitted into the Program before selecting any changes to the program of study. An individual part-time program of study could be arranged with the assistance of the student’s academic advisor upon admission into the Program. Maximum completion time is five years.
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).
- Participate in a preliminary Program orientation interview in which a written exercise will be carried out in Spanish and English.
- Be fluent in 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.
- International students will also complete an oral interview with the Faculty in Spanish and English.
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.
Deadline for admission application and payment: February 15ᵗʰ of the application year.
For questions or information regarding admission requirements, please contact Dr. Gloria Velez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit this page for information about the admission process and application: https://de.rcm.upr.edu/oficina-de-admisiones.
- 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 (M.S.) in 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 of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Current accreditation cycle: 2015 – 2023
Student Outcome Data
These numbers are based on a total of 15 students admitted by cohort. Information is updated once a year in the summer.
PRAXIS Examination in Speech-Language Pathology Pass Rate
3-year average: 80%
Local Licensing Exam
3-year average: 100%
Program Completion Rates
3-year program completion rate average for all modalities: 84.62%
Employment Rate in the Profession Within One Year of Graduation
3-Year Average: 100%
Course Validation Table
If your university or course is not listed in the convalidation tables, you can submit an electronic copy of the course syllabus to the Program Director for consideration by the faculty.
Cost of Attendance, Tuition & Fees
The following table shows the estimate of total cost of attendance, tuition costs and fees for the 2021-2022 academic year. Health insurance may vary on an annual basis according to negotiation with the insurance companies and type of coverage. Students from the United States who are not Puerto Rico residents pay the local cost. Nonresident students who are foreign citizens pay the local cost as graduate students. All amounts and fees are subject to change.
Additional information is available here:
RCM Financial Aid Information
Edna J. Carlo Mirabal, ClinScD, CCC-SLP
Gloria M. Vélez Barrios, PhD. CCC-SLP
Taína Jiménez López, SLPD, CCC-SLP
Nicolas Linares Orama, PhD, CCC-SLP
Michele Aurignac Lepretre, PhD, CCC-SLP
Maribel González Román, HSD, CCC-SLP
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
Speech-Language Pathology Pathology Intramural Practice
Click here for information about our clinical services https://rcm2.rcm.upr.edu/clisecphl/
Professional Links & Other Student Resources
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
Members of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences & Disorders
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.