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    2019 Spring

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  1. No worries at all! Everyone in every program has to prove hours. Its easy though. You keep track of them in an online program called Calipso. I talked with ASHA becore applting, they assured me that there will be no problem with getting the license. I also talked to my state..same answer. Yes the program is in accreditation candidacy status. No big deal. Every program was at one time. The program director and her team are phenomenal. They have developed a great program and truly care about the students success. Hope that helps.
  2. Hang in there everyone! Its a great program. They really look at everything and their biggest concern is whether or not you will be a great clinician - not just if you meet the stats that everyone usually focuses on. My cohort is filled with people from different backgrounds and the stats are all over the board. I heard that some people think the program is easier or accepts only those with lower stats. Not the case. Just to put it in perspective and not to scare anyone off. I had a solid 4.0, Verbal GRE 168, Writing score 4.5, Math, not so good - 143!!! (and we will never speak of that score again!! LOL) Lots of experience with ABA. No research and only shadowed SLP. But, a member of my cohort had a 3.4, GRE score 293 (dont know the break down), former military and has 3 years experience working as an SLPA. We are all different and bring something different to the program. Hope you all hear great news soon! And since the older cohorts mentor newer cohorts, I might get to know some of you a bit better and walk this journey with you! (p.s. Semester ends next Fri, so its finals week and I may not be around to answer any questions. But, good luck!!)
  3. Being waitlisted doesnt mean you were somehow not good enough or deficient. Two different program directors explained it this way: Many times, programs are looking to fill their cohorts with people from various backgrounds, interests, locations, experience, basically many things beyond grades and scores. They are often looking to diversify the cohort. People who are waitlisted have what the program is looking for, but the cohort is developing a certain way as far as diversity and the 'feel' for the cohort. If the dynamics change or someone declines, then they have room and will fill that slot and the dynamics change from the original plan for that cohort. Does that make sense? Hope that helps
  4. Hi, Contact the grad programs you are interested in and check. My experience was that all of the ones I applied to required a stand alone physics or chemistry course. I had an advanced Astronomy with HEAVY physics that was listed under the physics department and it wouldnt fly. I had to take a stand alone course, but was allowed to do it after acceptance to my grad program. Some will let you do it after acceptance, some programs will state it must be done before. So, best to ask.
  5. I believe they have two rounds of interviews. They strongly encourage you to attend if possible but also do them by skype. They want to see how well you fit and that its also a good fit for YOU. I did my interview by skype - so it doesnt disadvantage you. The first cohort is 15 students and the second one is 17. So the size isnt necessarily set in stone. Our first residency weekend - we did actual hearing screenings, speech/language screenings and evals for people from the surrounding community. As far as externships - the first semester is through simucase - this is actually VERY good prep as it allows you to try different things within each case and you learn so much! There is tremendous feedback and personalized attention as you go through with each case. The vice-president of simucase is our instructor for this course. You get familiar with various screening/assessments before you go out into the field (for those who are coming from out of field, this is really good experience). The rest of the clinicals are done at actual sites. They will ask you for recommendations in your area and then they take it from there. They do all the reaching out and placements for you. The courses are all online. Much of the material is print work, videos, recorded lectures and scheduled skype sessions for additional discussions. Some courses have a requirement that you log on, but they offer more than one time slot in order to accommodate everyone. Sometimes, you just have to pick the one that works best for you even if its not ideal. There are assignments due each week. Depending on the course there may be live interactions (they try to do these at times convenient to as many people as possible). Many of the instructors have live office hours to skype into as well as individual sessions if needed. The workload can get heavy sometimes, but most of us have at least a part time job and its doable. We all stay connected and message each other frequently with questions and support. They also have tutoring in place from previous cohorts for some of the courses. I know in my undergrad program, I sometimes felt like we were given "busy" work. That doesnt happen in this program. The assignments are targeted and teach to ASHA competencies. USA also recommends a praxis study book and they tell you which pages (areas) that each assignment correlates to so that you can study for the praxis as you work through the program. I know that the idea of doing a residency weekend each semester (there are 5 total) may seem like a deterrent, but honestly, I believe it adds a tremendous bonus to the program. I hope that answers some of your questions a bit better.
  6. I am not sure. Call or email Heather in admissions and talk to her. She can tell you.
  7. I am very pleased with the program. Everyone is very supportive and there is a close knit feel with the entire staff. The professors have been sourced out from very prestigious positions and they really know their stuff!! I feel very fortunate to have been accepted here. They do require a weekend residency attendance during each semester (so 5 visits) but they are sooo worth it! We learn so much and get to know each other very well and it really makes a BIG difference in an online program. Even though it is an additional cost and inconvenient, most everyone in my cohort looks forward to the residency weekends. Because they also have PT and OT cohorts, we get to interact with them as well to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations. They also have an actual lab to supplement neuro-anatomy during one of the residence weekends. This is rarely offered even with campus programs. There have been a few hiccups (it is a brand new program afterall) but they were swiftly and efficiently addressed. They have 5 years to get full ASHA accreditation but have solid plans to complete it within 3 years. If anyone is considering applying, I would strongly encourage you to do so. They TRULY look at the whole package. Also - call and talk to an admissions counselor! They are very helpful, especially Heather. They will clear up any confusion you might have. If they dont answer, be sure to leave a message. They WILL call you back. You can also email them
  8. Im currently in the MS-SLP graduate program at St. Augustine's in TX if you are still looking for information .
  9. HI, To the OP. I completed my undergrad online at Utah State. The courses and teachers were top notch and every bit as rigorous as on campus classes. I applied to 5 grad programs and got excepted into all 5. I even told them all in my SOP that my BS was online. They are well aware of that online program and didnt have any problem with it. Most grad programs are aware of the various online post bach and bach programs for slp. I honestly dont know of anyone who has been rejected solely because their degree was earned online. Hope that helps. Good luck!
  10. Good luck! If its through skype - be early and just be yourself. I know everyone says that, but if you go as far as the interview then they are seriously considering you and just need final confirmation that you will fit and do well.
  11. Thanks. It did. If you get an invite to interview just relax and be genuinely honest. They want to see if you fit and you need to be sure they are also the right fit for you.
  12. I was told they STRONGLY advise in person interviews in order to see how you fit with the other interviewees. Mine was a very unusual situation. There simply wasnt enought time for me to fly there in relation to the start date I was given.
  13. Hi, Can you share how your Skyppe interview went? The kind of questions they ask? I have a Skype interview with them and I'm a bit nervous. I would be very grateful for any information. Thanks!!
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