The Concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders is fully approved by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Licensure.  This concentration is offered with the College of Arts and Sciences a as part of their Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to work as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) when they meet the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree which includes at least 24 semester hours of coursework at an institution accredited by a regional association of colleges and schools recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (USFSP meets this requirement).
  2. Nine (9) semester hours in courses that provide fundamental information applicable to normal human growth and development, psychology, and normal development and use of speech, hearing and language (typically taken during your general education enrollment, i.e. during your first two years).
  3. Fifteen (15) semester hours in courses that provide information about and observation of speech, hearing, language disorders, general phonetics, basic articulation, screening and therapy, basic audiometry, or auditory training. USFSP provides 18 hours (including a capstone course with 100 clinical hours; thus, fully meeting all Florida DOH requirements).

Be a Junior in good academic standing; available to take on-line classes; eligibility to take six courses (18 hours) in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Concentration.  Post-baccalaureate students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor.

  • SPA 3004 Language Development (3) – Fully Online
  • SPA 3011 Introduction to Speech Science (3) – Fully Online
  • EDG 4909 Case Studies and Observation (3) – Hybrid
  • SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders (3) – Fully Online
  • SPA 3101 Anatomy and Physiology (3) – Fully Online
  • SPA 4101 Neuroanatomy for Speech, Language, and Hearing (3) – Fully Online


By taking the USFSP core courses and two audiology/hearing courses, you are eligible to apply to most graduate programs in Florida in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Applying to any graduate degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders will also require a high GPA, high GRE scores, and 3 letters of recommendation.

In addition, as part of the Health Sciences degree you have the option of two open or free electives.  Open and free means that the electives can be taken from USF Tampa or USF Sarasota-Manatee. The two electives cover areas of hearing and audiology.

  • SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science (3)
  • SPA 3310 Introduction to Hearing Disorders (3)

The University of Florida and the University of Central Florida (UCF) will accept the same courses as USF Tampa.

UCF will accept all of the courses; however, instead of SPA 3030 they ask that you take: SPA 4321 Audiological Rehabilitation.