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Admission & Application

In order to be considered for admission to the MClSc program in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), prospective students must meet the minimum requirements listed below. Admission to both programs is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

In addition to the academic criteria required for students to be accepted to the program, students must also meet/maintain various medical/non-medical requirements before they are able to participate in clinical placements.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted beginning October 20, 2016
  • The last day to submit an application is January 6, 2017
  • Offers of admission are sent out on April 1

General Requirements

  • A four-year degree from an accredited university
  • Possess a minimum "B" average in the 10 full university courses most recently completed
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum TOEFL score of 105 on the internet-based version or an overall score of 8 on the IELTS

Academic Accommodation

The University provides academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Academic accommodations are established using a collaborative process that includes the student, Western’s Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Development Centre (www.sdc.uwo.ca/ssd/), and course professors/instructors. The accommodations are intended to ensure an equal learning opportunity for students with disabilities while simultaneously preserving the essential academic requirements of a university’s courses and programs.

Some academic accommodations, such as those for traditional lecture-based courses, may not be suitable or appropriate when students are completing clinical placements. In such instances, accommodations that are specific to learning in clinical placement contexts will need to be considered. Additionally, a clinical placement site and a clinical educator willing and able to provide the required accommodations will need to be identified. In some situations a suitable site may not be found, which may have consequences for a student’s ability to complete the Program. Students who receive academic accommodations for clinical placements continue to be responsible for meeting the clinical competencies required by the Program, which reflect the entry to practice clinical competencies mandated by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology are strongly encouraged to review the following documents that outline the requisite skills and attributes needed for the professions. 

Source: Ontario Council of University Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences (OCUPRS) Policy Document July 2009

Excerpts of these documents are highlighted below:

The following skills and abilities are considered essential for the student’s successful achievement of the competency standards of the professions.

  • Aptitude and Attitude
  • Information gathering skills
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Psychomotor/physical skills
  • Emotional health

Students must be able to work collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, clients and families while demonstrating sound clinical and professional judgement and responsible decision-making within the context of rules and regulations, professional codes of ethics and standards of practice.

Given the intensity, breadth and depth of the information and clinical training, students in the SLP/Aud programs must possess very strong cognitive, communication, sensory, and inter-personal skills necessary for the provision of safe, ethical and effective assessment, treatment, counseling and educational services.

Students must consistently demonstrate the emotional resilience and balance to manage a myriad of emotionally charged or ethically challenging scenarios that frequently arise in all work settings.  Students must also be able to endure the intellectual, physical, emotional and psychological demands of the program and function effectively under stress.  Adaptability to the changing environments and the ability to work in the face of uncertainties that are inherent in the care of the clients are necessary.

Prior to applying to our programs, potential candidates are strongly encouraged to review the ‘Essential Skills’ documents and carefully reflect on whether they meet the requirements for these professions.

Progression Requirements

Progression in the both MClSc programs for students in the first or second year is based on the following achievements for which the minimum requirements are:

  1. To obtain a passing grade of at least 60% in each course
  2. To obtain a minimum passing grade of 70% for clinical placements*
  3. To maintain an average of at least 70% overal in a given term and a pass in each pass/fail course

*If a student fails a clinical placement she/he may be given the opportunity (decided on a case-by-case basis) to complete a clinical placement a second time.

Prerequisite Information: New Online Anatomy Course (ACB 3319)

For students interested in applying to the MClSc programs (Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology), whose undergraduate program of study did not include the necessary prerequisite requirements for Audiology (item 3 below) and Speech-Language Pathology (items 4-5 below), an online anatomy course (ACB 3319 - Systemic Human Anatomy) is offered at Western through the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology that allows students to meet these prerequisite requirements.

About ACB 3319

  • Online course offered through Western's Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Open to students from all universities that have completed a minimum two years of undergraduate study
  • Meets prerequisite requirements for Audiology (item 3) and Speech-Language Pathology (items 4-5)
  • The course provides a description of the structure of the organ systems of the human body: the nervous system and special senses, musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems
  • For more information about this course, visit the Western Academic Calendar
  • Non-Western students interested in enrolling in this course should consult the Office of the Registrar for more information

Audiology

In addition to the general requirements above, applicants must meet the following program requirements and course prerequisites/equivalencies.

Admission & Application Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 14 hours of clinical audiology volunteer experience working with a registered audiologist and provide a completed Clinical Reference Form (Included in the ORPAS Application)
  • Provide at least two letters of academic reference (applicants who have not taken courses at the university level for more than five years may provide professional letters of reference)
  • Complete a "Statement of Intent" that is part of the ORPAS online application

Course Prerequisites

To be considered for admission students must have successfully completed at least one half-credit course from each of the following four areas (2 credits in total):

1. Developmental Psychology or Normal Lifespan Development
Introduction to all (or most of) of the following areas of infant and child development:

  • Sensorimotor
  • Perceptual
  • Cognitive
  • Language
  • Social
  • Emotional

2. Statistics
Introduction to all (or most of) of the following areas:

  • Statistical inference
  • Experimental design
  • Sampling design
  • Confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for means and proportions
  • Regression and correlation

3. Human Anatomy or Human Physiology
Introduction to the structure and/or physiological principles of human neural and/or muscular systems.

NOTE: A new online anatomy course (ACB 3319) that allows students to meet this prerequisite requirement is available through Western's Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. See above for more information.

4. Social Science/Psychology/Linguistics
Courses must cover basic human processes important for communication sciences and communication disorders. Examples of acceptable courses include:

  • Physiological Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Sensation
  • Perception
  • Learning and Memory
  • Cognition
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Pragmatics
  • Introduction to Speech, Language and/or Hearing Sciences or Disorders

*We strongly encourage students to have completed at least one course in mathematics, physics, or engineering science.

Course Equivalencies

Potential applicants should download and review the Audiology Course Equivalencies By Institution document below to determine whether their coursework satisfies the prerequisite requirements at Western University.

This document provides a list of courses that Western will accept as satisfying each of the prerequisites #1-3. Specific courses are not listed for prerequisite #4. Applicants should follow steps 2-3 below for determining the eligibility of specific courses for these two prerequisites.

Students wishing to determine whether a course not listed in the course equivalencies will satisfy a prerequisite requirement should do the following:

  1. Consult the current academic calendar from the university at which the course was taken. If the course is listed as an antirequisite to a course listed in the course equivelencies, then it will satisfy that prerequisite requirement.

  2. Compare the course content to the description provided above in the course prerequisites above. If the course does not closely match this description, it is not likely to satisfy the requirement.

  3. Contact the Graduate Affairs Assistant. Please include a course summary, outline or syllabus that provides detailed information about course content so that its suitability can be properly evaluated.

Speech-Language Pathology

In addition to the general requirements above, applicants must meet the following program requirements and course prerequisites/equivalencies.

Admission & Application Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 14 hours of clinical volunteer experience working with a registered speech-language pathologist and provide a completed Clinical Reference Form (Included in the ORPAS Application)
  • Provide at least two letters of academic reference (Applicants who have not taken courses at the university level for more than five years may provide professional letters of reference)
  • Complete a "Statement of Intent" that is part of the ORPAS online application

Course Prerequisites

To be considered for admission students must have successfully completed the following six prerequisite half-courses:

1. Developmental Psychology or Child Development
Introduction to all (or most of) of the following areas of infant and child development:

  • Sensorimotor
  • Perceptual
  • Cognitive
  • Language
  • Social
  • Emotional

*Must include a section on language acquisition. Students who did not receive an introductory instruction in language acquisition in either their Developmental Psychology or Introduction to Linguistics course are expected to have completed a separate language acquisition/development course and list this course under prerequisite #6.

2. Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to all (or most of) of the following areas:

  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Language acquisition

*Must include a section on phonetics. Students who did not receive introductory instruction in phonetics in their Introduction to Linguistics course are expected to have completed a separate phonetics course and list this course under prerequisite #6.

3. Statistics
Introduction to all (or most of) of the following areas:

  • Statistical inference
  • Experimental design
  • Sampling design
  • Confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for means and proportions
  • Regression and correlation

4. Human Anatomy, Human Physiology
Introduction to the structure and/or physiological principles of human neural, muscular and respiratory systems.

NOTE: A new online anatomy course (ACB 3319) that allows students to meet this prerequisite requirement (and #5 below) is available through Western's Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. See above for more information.

5. Life/Biomedical/General Sciences 
Courses must cover basic processes important for communication sciences and communication disorders. Acceptable courses include:

  • Anatomy*
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology*
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Brain & Behaviour
  • Neuropsychology or equivalent

NOTE: A new online anatomy course (ACB 3319) that allows students to meet this prerequisite requirement (and #4 above) is available through Western's Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. See above for more information.

6. Social Science/Psychology/Linguistics
Courses must cover basic human processes important for communication sciences and communication disorders. Acceptable courses include:

  • Perception
  • Learning and Memory
  • Normal Lifespan Development
  • Cognition
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Language Acquisition
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Semantics
  • Syntax
  • Pragmatics
  • Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders or equivalent

*Anatomy or Physiology can be used for both #4 and #5 only if it is a full year course. It is recommended that applicants take additional courses listed in #5 and #6.

Course Equivalencies

Potential applicants should download and review the SLP Course Equivalencies By Institution document below to determine whether their coursework satisfies the prerequisite requirements at Western University.

This document provides a list of courses that Western will accept as satisfying each of the prerequisites #1-4. Specific courses are not listed for prerequisites #5 and #6. Applicants should follow steps #2-3 below for determining the eligibility of specific courses for these two prerequisites.

Students wishing to determine whether a course not listed in the course equivalencies will satisfy a prerequisite requirement should do the following:

  1. Consult the current academic calendar from the university at which the course was taken. If the course is listed as an antirequisite to a course listed in the course equivelencies, then it will satisfy that prerequisite requirement.

  2. Compare the course content to the description provided above in the course prerequisites above. If the course does not closely match this description, it is not likely to satisfy the requirement.

  3. Contact the Graduate Affairs Assistant. Please include a course summary, outline or syllabus that provides detailed information about course content so that its suitability can be properly evaluated.

Applying

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Applications to the MClSc programs are coordinated by Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs (ORPAS) and are handled online. The online application includes the submission of official transcripts and a personal submission.