At Nevada State College, students with the intention to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology degree are admitted to NSC as a Pre-Speech Pathology major. This major allows students to pursue courses required for their degree, while simultaneously working on all prerequisites needed to apply for the Speech Pathology Program and transition into the full degree. This page is designed to provide you all the information you may need as you begin your undergraduate pursuit of a career in Speech Language Pathology. For the most up-to-date information, we already recommend speaking with the School of Education or visiting their homepage here.
If you are interested in working with youth who have speech and language impairments in a school setting, the Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology is the degree for you! This degree prepares you for licensure to work with students who have speech and language impairments between ages 3-21 in the state of Nevada. If you are interested in working in a medical setting with those who have speech and language impairments, the Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology is the first step. After completing this degree, you will want to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. For more information about NSC’s Master’s of Education degree in Speech-Language Pathology, please visit our website here.
Most students can complete this degree in four years if taking all pre-requisite courses in order, taking an average of 15 credits per semester, and taking a few summer courses. Depending on your entering Math and English placement, which courses you choose in the Core Curriculum, and how quickly you pass the Praxis Core or CBEST exam (information on these exams below) will all determine the likelihood of being able to graduate in four years.
If you have transfer credits from any other institutions the only way to know how many of the credits will transfer into your degree program is to apply to NSC and have your official transcripts sent to us. The time frame for application processing is typically 4 - 6 weeks. This time frame starts when we have received all of your official transcripts from all of your previous schools. Once you have been accepted into the school you will be able to sit down with a Pre-Speech Pathology Advisor to review your transfer credits and your path to application to the Speech Pathology Program. Once you have applied and requested your transcripts you are welcome to call our Admissions & Recruitment Office to determine if we have received your transcripts. (702)992-2170
To get a general idea of what courses are likely to transfer into NSC feel free to use our Transfer Equivalency Database.
The majority of schools that we will accept credits from are listed on here. Search the school you are transferring credits from and then enter the course designation from your transcript - for example ENG 112. This will show you how that class transferred to NSC in the past. Using this in tandem with the attached degree sheet for your major will allow you to perform your own unofficial credit evaluation and get an idea of what coursework will be likely to transfer into the degree. If a specific course or school is not listed on the database this simply means that no one has previously attempted to transfer credits from that school or that particular course. It does not mean that NSC will not accept these credits. All information provided on the Transfer Equivalency Database is unofficial.
If you are currently attending an institution other than NSC, we have several Transfer Coordinators available to speak with you about the transfer process. Appointments can be made by following this link.You can also contact the Office of Admissions at (702)992-2170.
All Pre-Speech Pathology students will need to meet the below requirements before applying for admission to the Speech Pathology Program. Once admitted, you will no longer be a “pre” major, but will be a full “Speech Pathology” major. You will also receive a Faculty Advisor who will guide you on your remaining coursework, requirements, clinical practicum, and licensure paths at this time.
Requirements for program admission:
The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test measures basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. It is designed to assess the academic skills necessary for the field of education. 39 out of the 50 states in the U.S. use the Praxis Core exam as a requirement in their teacher education programs.
The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) also measures basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. It is also designed to assess the academic skills necessary for the field of education. 3 out of the 50 states in the U.S. accept the CBEST exam for meeting licensure (California, Oregon, and Nevada).
A Pre-Education or Pre-Speech Pathology major who has completed ENG 102, MATH 120, and the Praxis Core Literacy and Math Lab courses is encouraged to take the Praxis Core (or CBEST) exam. If the pre-major has not completed the Praxis Core/CBEST upon the completion of 60 credits, a hold will be placed upon their enrollment status. The pre-major student will be required to meet with their academic advisor. The student will be required to either complete the examination or petition with the Academic Advising Center for a 30 credit extension. If the 30 credit extension is approved, at the completion of 90 credits, the pre-major student will be restricted from taking any additional courses until the Praxis Core/CBEST is completed and/or the student changes their declared major. Two exceptions to the 60 credit hour rule are noted:To meet the requirements for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program, Pre-Education students must pass one of these exams. Please note the differences in scoring, cost, test structure, and websites below.
Yes! Please download the attached brochure below. This lists all the free resources you have access to as an NSC student. Additionally, your major likely requires EDU 163 and EDU 164. These are one credit lab classes that prepare you for the Reading/Writing (EDU 163) and Math (EDU 164) components of the Praxis Core exam.