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Post Bacc certificate even if my under grad was in SLP?


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Hi! So I did not get accepted to graduate school this upcoming fall and hoping to make my application stronger. I know that the post-bacc route works for people who didn't go to undergrad for SLP, but I am wondering if anyone did post-bacc after graduating undergrad with a SLP degree?

 

 

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I'm not sure how it would benefit you or if they'd even accept you since you've already taken more classes than a typical post-bacc does. Unless you just mean take a few comm classes your school didn't offer? I Don't see any gain unless you're trying to buffer your gpa. I'd focus on other areas of your application and systematically make changes to any areas may have been weaker. Raise your GRE etc if those areas were what kept you out this cycle!

Good luck!

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Agreed with above. I don't think it's going to help you, especially if you just graduated this year. You'd basically be repeating all your courses, and unless you got below a B in most of them, this would probably be a waste of your time and money. I doubt most post-bacc programs would admit you, and I don't know how graduate programs would view basically repeating all your courses. Plus, if you don't do amazing in them, that would hurt you more than help, I imagine.

 

I do think you could take a few CSD courses your undergrad didn't offer. For example, an undergrad-level AAC class if your undergrad uni didn't offer it, or even an ASL class. You might even want to even consider retaking any course that you did get a C or below in. My undergrad wasn't in com dis, but I had taken the anatomy class and got a C, so I retook it this time around in my post-bacc and did much better.

 

I don't think you'll find many people who did this. I would suggest contacting program directors of post-bacc programs, and asking if they would even recommend a post-bacc for you, though I don't think they would, unless you did really poorly in undergrad for a good reason.

 

If you didn't get accepted, you have other things you can focus on. Distance from your undergrad will help you if you have a less-than-stellar GPA. But you can take time and get a job related to the field or just relevant experience. Lots of folks around here suggest doing ABA with kiddos with autism, but there's also care or respite providing, working as an assistant to an SLP, etc. Teaching in any capacity is good, too. I'll echo the above and say look at the other parts of your application that you can control the next time around. You can't overestimate how important the SOP is, and like said above, good GRE schools can really help offset, to a degree, your undergrad GPA.

 

Good luck!

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I agree with above.  Get experience working with kids in any therapy setting possible.  Same goes with adults.  My GPA was REALLY low but I had ALOT of experience with kids and adults and therapy outside of SLP.  What do you think is your biggest weakness with your application?

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