Postbaccalaureate Program

The Postbaccalaureate (Postbac) Bachelor of Science degree program in Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHSC) is designed for students with bachelor's degrees in other disciplines who wish to pursue clinical careers in speech-language pathology. The Postbac program is an intensive year-long course of study which specifically prepares students for graduate school in Speech and Hearing Sciences. The curriculum provides students with foundational knowledge in the science of human communication and its disorders, and combines basic science and clinical application.

Required Coursework

SPHSC Coursework

The Postbac program is completed in five quarters and requires two summer quarters of enrollment. Students accepted into the Postbac program must complete the following courses (65 credits) for the Bachelor of Science degree. Please refer to the UW Course Catalog for full course descriptions.  

SPHSC 250:  Human Communication and Its Disorders (5 credits)
SPHSC 261: The Nature of Sound (4 credits)
SPHSC 302: Phonetics (3 credits)
SPHSC 303: Language Science (3 credits)
SPHSC 304: Developmental Aspects of Communication (5 credits)
SPHSC 305: Speech and Language Disorders (5 credits)
SPHSC 308: Social-Cultural Aspects of Communication (3 credits)
SPHSC 320: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech (5 credits)
SPHSC 371: Hearing Disorders (3 credits)
SPHSC 405: Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders (3 credits)
SPHSC 406: Treatment of Speech and Language Disorders  (4 credits)
SPHSC 425: Speech, Language, Hearing, and the Brain (4 credits)
SPHSC 449: Special Studies: Neuroanatomy (4 credits)
SPSHC 461: Introduction to Hearing Science (5 credits)
SPHSC 471: Basic Audiometry (4 credits)
SPHSC 481: Management of Hearing Loss (4 credits)

Out-of-Department Coursework

The undergraduate coursework outlined below is a requirement of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for certification in speech-language pathology and audiology and also a requirement for the B.S. degree. Students intending to pursue professional graduate study must complete this coursework in their undergraduate or postbaccalaureate programs. (More information on certification requirements can be found on the ASHA website).

In most instances, Postbac students will have completed these undergraduate requirements in conjunction with their first bachelor’s degree. If students have not completed these requirements, courses can be taken while students are enrolled in the UW Postbac program. However, students will be charged for courses taken outside of the SPHSC department. In this circumstance, we often recommend that students investigate less expensive courses at a community or junior college to meet this degree requirement.

Statistics: Students must complete at least one 3 – 5 credit college-level Statistics course. Students cannot use any remedial, historical, or methodological statistics courses to meet this requirement (e.g., equivalent to UW’s STAT 111).

Biological Science: Students must complete at least one 3 – 5 credit biological sciences course related to human or animal science. The course does not need a lab component. We recommend Anatomy & Physiology or any introductory course in human or animal science (e.g., neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, and veterinary science).

Social/Behavioral Science: Students must complete at least one 3 – 5 credit course in the social and behavioral sciences. Acceptable courses are at the 100-level or above in the areas of Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Public Health.

Physical Science: Students must complete at least one 3 – 5 credit physical science course in either Physics or Chemistry. The course does not need a lab component. Acceptable courses are at the 100-level or above

Courses used to fulfill these requirements must have the following attributes:

  • They must be taken outside the Speech & Hearing Sciences or Communication Disorders department

  • They must appear by name and number on your official college transcript with a final grade
  • They can be taken for a numerical grade, credit/no credit, pass/fail, or satisfactory/unsatisfactory, but students must achieve a passing grade (i.e., numeric grade of at least .7, “credit”, “pass”, or “satisfactory”)*

In lieu of specific courses, these requirements may also be satisfied by Advanced Placement credit or International Baccalaureate credit. However, students must have transcript record of these credits. CLEP or DSST examinations for credit are NOT accepted for these requirements.

*While pass/fail or satisfactory/nonsatisfactory grading are an option, we advise students to earn numeric grades for the majority of these classes in order to present a competitive application to graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Optional SPHSC Coursework

Postbac students interested in research are also able to complete one or more independent studies with SPHSC faculty on a topic of interest. In these instances, students register for SPHSC 499: Undergraduate Research. Enrollment in SPHSC 499 requires Undergraduate Advisor and Faculty approval and the time commitment formula for an independent study is 3 hours of work for every 1 credit of registration.

University of Washington Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree, Postbac students are also required to fulfill the UW College of Arts and Sciences general education requirement related to “Areas of Knowledge” coursework. Typically, coursework completed during a student’s first Bachelor degree program will fulfill this UW Areas of Knowledge requirement. The specific coursework requirements for the Postbac program, including the Areas of Knowledge, are outlined on the Postbac Degree Program Requirements Worksheet. Each student will complete this worksheet with the department’s Undergraduate Advisor upon admission to the Postbac program.

Academic Progress Requirements

In accordance with UW and College of Arts and Sciences policy, students must meet the following requirements to receive the Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences:

  • Maintain a 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA for all coursework done in residence at the UW
  • Achieve a 2.00 minimum GPA at the time of graduation