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​​Career Changers/Prerequisite Track

Please note: for all college business (such as applications, registration, etc.), this program is known as the 2nd BA Program.

For all department business, this program is known as the Career Changers/Prerequisite Track.

Please read all of the information carefully!


Students who have an undergraduate degree in another field (related or unrelated to speech-language pathology and audiology) and who would like to change career paths can take advantage of our Career Changers/Prerequisite Track.

Students accepted into this program will be enrolled in a sequence of pre-requisite courses in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) major which are required for entry into any masters programs in speech-language pathology or audiology.

To take the pre-requisite courses in the CSD program at Queens College, students must do both of the following:

For further information about the application process, please contact



Admission to the Career Changers/Prerequisite Track is a competitive process. In order to be eligible to apply, students must have had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in their first BA. Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis (Spring/Fall).

  • Once accepted into the program, each student will have an opportunity to meet with his/her advisor in small groups for informational sessions. Individual advising sessions can be arranged when needed.
  • If accepted into the program, it is highly recommended that all of the prerequisite classes be taken at Queens College.
  • Please note: Admission into the undergraduate Career Changers/Prerequisite Track at Queens College is unrelated to acceptance into the Graduate Speech-Language Pathology program at Queens College.
  • Students attending our pre-requisite program do not have an advantage for acceptance into the Queens College Graduate Program over other applicants.



The required courses for the Career Changers/Prerequisite Track are listed below. Please note that there are some differences between the courses required for the ‘regular’ BA students and the Career Changers/Prerequisite Track students. (e.g., the Career Changer students are not required to take LCD 105 and LCD 316).

See Course Descriptions

Level 1:  15 credits

(No pre-requisites required)

Phonetics (LCD 110)

Introduction to Communication Disorders (LCD 106)

Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Language (LCD 207)

Hearing Science (LCD 208)

Language Acquisition (LCD 216)

Level 2: 14 credits


Pre-Requisites Required to Take
(Level 1 Above)

Audiology (LCD 330)

Hearing Science (LCD 208), B- or above

Disorders of Speech (LCD 322)
(includes lab for ASHA observation hours)

Introduction to Communication Disorders (LCD 106)
Anatomy & Physiology of Speech-Language (LCD 207), B- or above

Disorders of Language (LCD 323)
(includes lab for ASHA observation hours)

Introduction to Communication Disorders (LCD 106)
Language Acquisition (LCD 216), B- or above

Speech Science (LCD 309)

Phonetics (LCD 110)
Anatomy & Physiology of Speech-Language (LCD 207), B- or above

  • Students are typically enrolled in 2 to 3 courses a semester.
  • Completion of the prerequisite program takes 3 to 4 semesters.
  • Students do not receive a degree when they complete the course sequence.
  • In addition to the courses listed here, graduate schools in speech-language pathology require students to have taken courses in statistics, biology, and physics.

Please check the websites of any of the graduate programs that you are interested in to see if there are additional admission requirements.


To become more familiar with the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, we highly recommend that you refer to the website (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

Undergraduate & 2nd BA/Career Changer Admissions Coordinator:

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