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What dual enrollment and AP courses are beneficial to a career in speech pathology/therapy?

I am going to start dual enrollment courses next year and want to know what classes are best for an aspiring SLP. I am looking to have the least time in college possible.

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Brianna’s Answer

I agree with Kylie. AP and dual enrollment classes are a great way to knock out general education requirements so that you don't have to take them once you begin undergrad. General education typically includes:

-At least one physical science: physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy
-At least one biological science: biology, zoology, microbiology, botany
-At least one social science: psychology, anthropology, history, sociology
-At least one humanities course- English or foreign language, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, gender studies, arts
-Statistics (you need this for any health field)

You can also look at trying to get some foundational knowledge for SLPs out of the way if they have dual enrollment courses in linguistics, child development, hearing science, or anatomy.
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Kylie’s Answer

Hi Macie! I’d suggest trying to knock out any general education requirements that you can. These are the courses that will be necessary for just about any college degree.

You could consider pulling up a university you’re interested in, and their list of requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in SLP/Communication Science. Here is an example from Pitt (where I did my undergrad): https://catalog.upp.pitt.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=5&poid=356.

Good luck!
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Holly’s Answer

Hi, I wouldn't add a lot to what has already been suggested. However, depending on the setting you want to work in and the area of the country, a second language could be very helpful. In the US, primarily Spanish is the language requested. Having fluency in two languages can get you an advantage for some jobs. I don't know if they still teach it in high school, but Latin can be useful for anatomy and physiology, phonetics, and learning Latin-based languages later in life.

Enjoy! You have chosen a great profession.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for your response! I hadn't even thought about studying other languages to help with this career Macie
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