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:
*The EXADEP has been unexpectedly discontinued by the ETS administration as of May 2020. We are working diligently to adapt the admission requirements to this change. Please re-visit our website periodically, as we will be publishing the changes to the admission requirements for 2021-2022 as soon as possible.*
- 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 July of the current academic year.
Deadline for admission application, transcripts and payment: February 15ᵗʰ of the application year.
Deadline to submit exam scores: March 15ᵗʰ of the application year.
EXADEP: Applicants must indicate in the admission application the month and year in which they plan to take or retake the EXADEP. If the applicant did not include the expected test date or decided to retake the exam after they have submitted their admission application, they must notify the Admissions’ Official of the new test date. Exam scores from February of the application year will only be considered if the Medical Sciences Campus was included as a score recipient in the ETS/EXADEP application and if the test date was either included in the admission application or the applicant notified the Admissions’ Official of the new test date prior to March 15.
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.
PRAXIS Examination in Speech-Language Pathology Pass Rate
3-year average: 90%
Local Licensing Exam
3-year average: 100%
Program Completion Rates
Employment Rate in the Profession Within One Year of Graduation
3-Year Average: 95.56
Student/Faculty Ratio 6
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.
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
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
NSSHLA Student Chapter – University of Puerto Rico
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.