Iowa State University

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Campus History and Origin

Founded in 1858 and coeducational from its start, Iowa State became the nation’s first designated land-grant institution when the Iowa Legislature accepted the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act on September 11, 1862, making Iowa the first state in the nation to do so. Iowa State’s academic offerings are administered today through eight colleges, including the graduate college, that offer over 100 bachelor’s degree programs, 112 master’s degree programs, and 83 at the Ph.D. level, plus a professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.

The turn of the century student enrollment, as well as clinical work, began to increase rapidly, bringing with it the subsequent problems of crowded, inadequate teaching facilities and faculty shortages due to insufficient funds. This lack of support was the main concern of students and faculty for nearly ten years before the new Vet Quadrangle was built in 1912.

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Admission Requirements

  • Meet the Regent Admission Index (RAI) score requirement:
    • Iowa residents must present an RAI score of 245 or higher.
    • Residents of other states must present an RAI score of 255 or higher.
    • English/ Language Arts 4 years 4 years 4 years
    • World Languages 2 years in a single language* 2 years in a single language* 4 years in a single language or 2 years each in two languages
    • Natural Science 3 years including courses in physical science, biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics 3 years with at least one year each in chemistry and physics 3 years, including one year each of biology, chemistry and physics
    • Social Studies 3 years 2 years 3 years
    • Algebra 2 years 2 years 2 years
    • Geometry 1 year 1 year 1 year
    • Higher Mathematics — 1 year —

Cost and Tuition

Fee 1 hrs 2 hrs 3 hrs 4 hrs 5 hrs 6 hrs 7 hrs 8 hrs 9 hrs 10 hrs 11 hrs 12+ hrs

Tuition 279.00 558.00 837.00 1,116.00 1,395.00 1,674.00 1,953.00 2,232.00 2,511.00 2,790.00 3,069.00 3,339.00

Technology Fee 119.25 119.25 119.25 119.25 119.25 179.00 179.00 179.00 179.00 179.00 179.00 238.50

Activities Fee 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00

Services Fee 19.25 19.25 19.25 19.25 19.25 19.25 19.25 19.25 19.25 19.25 19.25 19.25

Student Union 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00

Building Fee 30.75 30.75 30.75 30.75 30.75 30.75 30.75 30.75 30.75 30.75 30.75 30.75

Recreation Facility Fee 67.25 67.2567.25 67.25 67.25 67.25 67.25 67.25 67.25 67.25 67.25 67.25

Arts & Cultural Events 6.25 6.25 6.25 6.25 6.25 6.25 6.25 6.25 6.25 6.25 6.25 6.25

Career Services Fee 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50

Student Health Svc Fee 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25

Liberal Arts & Sciences Non-resident Fee

Tuition 279.00 558.00 837.00 1,116.00 5,515.00 6,618.00 7,721.00 8,824.00 9,927.00 11,030.00 12,133.00 13,232.00

Technology Fee 119.25 119.25 119.25 119.25 119.25 179.00 179.00 179.00 179.00 179.00 179.00 238.50

Activities Fee 18.00 All Years

Services Fee 19.25 All Years

Student Union 30.00 All Years

Building Fee 30.75 All Years

Recreation Facility Fee 67.25 All Years

Arts & Cultural Events 6.25 All Years

Career Services Fee 6.50 All Years

Student Health Svc Fee 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25 59.25

Campus Life:Powwow

The University of Iowa Powwow was founded in 1990. Before it was established, the Chicano Indian American Student Union held smaller gatherings where Native American dance was one of many symposium topics. In the fall of 1989 the American Indian Student Association (AISA) was founded by Orrenzo Snyder (Dine’), Larry Lasley (Meskwaki), Alex Walker (Meskwaki), Judy Morrison (Osage), and Stephanie Griffith (Dakota), all whom are now alumni of the U of I. A separation from the Chicano Indian American Student Union (CIASU) was necessary to form a student group to better serve the needs of the Native American students on campus. In Fall 2013 students decided to change the name to Native American Student Association (NASA) to better fit with the changing of times.

Course Requirements

The BA in speech and hearing science requires nine core courses offered by the department and six cognate courses offered by other departments. Students may choose cognate courses that also fill the College of Liberal Arts General Education Program requirements. The requirements are as follows:

003:015 (CSD:1015) Introduction to Speech and Hearing Processes and Disorders3 S.H.

003:110 (CSD:2110) Phonetics: Theory and Applications3 S.H.003:111 (CSD:2111) Basic Acoustics for Speech and Hearing3 S.H.

003:112 (CSD:3112) Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Production4 S.H.

003:113 (CSD:3113) Introduction to Hearing Science4 S.H.

003:116 (CSD:3116) Basic Neuroscience for Speech and Hearing3 S.H.

003:117 (CSD:3117) Psychology of Language3 S.H.

003:118 (CSD:3118) Language Acquisition3 S.H.

003:145 (CSD:4145) Developmental Language Disorders3 S.H.

003:148 (CSD:4148) Developmental Speech Disorders3 S.H.

003:185 (CSD:3185) Hearing Loss and Audiometry3 S.H.

003:244 (CSD:4244) Rehabilitative Audiology3 S.H.

031:001 (PSY:1001) Elementary Psychology3 S.H.

103:100 (LING:3001) Introduction to Linguistics3 S.H.

One of these: 07P:025 (PSQF:1020) / 22S:025 (STAT:1020) Elementary Statistics and Inference3 S.H.22S:101 (STAT:3510) Biostatistics3 S.H.07P:143 (PSQF:5143) / 22S:102 (STAT:5543) Introduction to Statistical Methods3 S.H.22S:030 (STAT:2010) Statistical Methods and Computing3 S.H.

One of these:

22M:015 (MATH:1440) Math for Biological Sciences4 S.H.22M:016 (MATH:1460) Calculus for Biological Sciences4 S.H.22M:025 (MATH:1850) Calculus 14 S.H.

* All new incoming students without APP must take the ALEKS math placement test

One of these: 002:002 (BIOL:1141) Introduction to Animal Biology4 S.H.002:031 (BIOL:1411) Foundations of Biology4 S.H.

One of these: 029:008 (PHYS:1400) Basic Physics (preferably with lab)3-4 S.H.029:011 (PHYS:1511) College Physics4 S.H.004:007 (CHEM:1070) General Chemistry 13 S.H

One of these: 031:013 (PSY:2301) Introduction to Clinical Psychology3 S.H.031:050 (PSY:2915) Psychology of Aging3 S.H.031:063 (PSY:2930) Abnormal Psychology: Health Professions3 S.H.042:108 (SSW:3008) Basic Aspects of Aging3 S.H.

One of these: 031:014 (PSY:2401) Introduction to Developmental Science3 S.H.07P:106 ( PSQF:5106) Child Development

Job Description

Speech-Language Pathologists are professionals concerned with evaluation, treatment, and research in human communication and its disorders. They treat speech and language disorders and work with individuals of all ages. They diagnose and evaluate speech problems, such as fluency (stuttering), articulation, voice disorders as well as language problems, such as aphasia and delayed language and related disorders, such as dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).


Speech pathologists earned a median annual salary of $69,870 and median hourly wages of $33.59 in 2012.


On a typical day a speech pathologist will:

  • Diagnose the nature and extent of impairment and record and analyze speech, language, and swallowing irregularities by using written and oral tests, as well as special instruments.
  • Develop individualized plans of care for patients.
  • Select augmentative or alternative communication methods for their patients that could include automated devices and sign language. They also teach them to use these methods.
  • Teach those with little or no speech capability how to make sounds, improve their voices, or increase their language skills to communicate more effectively.

Job Requirements

To enter this career, one must have a sincere interest in helping people, an above average intellectual aptitude, and the sensitivity, personal warmth, and perspective to be able to interact with the person who has a communication problem. Scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance, and persistence are necessary, as well as resourcefulness and imagination. Other essential traits include a commitment to work cooperatively with others and the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

During high school, prospective speech-language pathologists should consider a program with courses in biology, physics, social sciences, English, and mathematics, as well as in public speaking, language, and psychology. On the undergraduate level, a strong liberal arts focus is recommended, with course work in linguistics, phonetics, anatomy, psychology, human development, biology, physiology, and semantics. A program of study in communication sciences and disorders is available at the undergraduate level. The work of a speech-language pathologist is further enhanced by graduate education, which is mandatory in many work settings. Most speech-language pathologists and audiologists are also required to obtain the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) which involves the completion of a master's degree, a supervised Clinical Fellowship (CF), and a passing score on a national examination. In some areas, such as college teaching, research, and private practice, a Ph.D. degree is desirable.

Cover Letter

Mr. Aaron Goulette

University Medical Center

May 20, 2015

Dear Mr. Goulette

I am interested for the job position at the University Medical Center hospital as a speech pathologist. I have been interested in working with you and working with the patients. I have internship experience at the University Medical Center hospital.

I have just got my Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology. I have taken real classes and internships that help me experience some situations that could happen while working. I have family members myself that are seeing a licensed speech pathologist and i personally see how they act and what they go through. I am willing to take any risks or responsibilities that may come my way. I can take a challenge and I will put all my effort into being the best speech pathologist that I can be.

I hope you will consider hiring me and will enjoy the work that I have to offer. I will make this a priority.Thank you for this chance and for considering my help.


Bethany Gonzalez

12345 Willow Avenue


Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern,

This past year I have had the privilege to know Bethany Gonzalez. I gladly write this letter of recommendation for the University of Iowa. Ms. Gonzalez is vigilant student that involves herself in many volunteer activities as well as extra curriculars such as Academic Decathlon and marching band. She maintains a level head in tense situations and takes a challenge head first.

Ms. Gonzalez has proved to balance her volunteer time and school work smoothly and has a vision of the future that she is determined to accomplish. She has a desire for a better future that has led her into a pursuit of knowledge. Her grades in the past year have not faltered below an eighty-five and she has even joined Academic Decathlon which is a rigorous elective that involves the studying of many subjects and topics that cannot have been easy to balance with her regular school work. Yet she is diligent and has managed to do so without fail anyways. Ms. Gonzalez’s ability to cooperate with others, work efficiently, and has a strong tendency to do her best in every assignment or project has led her to the incredible student she is today.

Ms. Gonzalez’s desire to seek knowledge for a better future most certainly leaves her ready to take on any challenges and is willing to do so. There is no doubt in my mind she would benefit the field of study or career she wishes to take. If you would like to discuss Ms. Gonzalez any further, you may contact me at , or via phone: (915) 412-7063.

Best Regards,

Carolina Ortiz

El Dorado 9th Grade Academy

El Paso, TX 79938

Tel: (915) 412-7063


Persuasive Essay

       I have always thought that our purpose on this Earth is to create something bigger

and better. I have always loved helping people with whatever needs they had. When

career day would come along I would always catch myself finding interest in a career that

had to do in the medical field. I think that I would enjoy being here at Iowa State

University because of what they specialize in. Science and anything in the medical field

have always been an interest to me. I would be very grateful and very privileged to be

attending Iowa State University.When I was younger my grandmother used to take me to

work with her when she worked as a nurse at a nursing home. She would tell me to try

and get along with everybody. When i got there not only did I get along with everybody

but I was always there if someone needed anything. I loved helping them and I became

so close to them that they would call me their child. My love for helping did not stop

there. When my great grandfather lived in his house I would go and I would help him with

whatever he needed. He would love the care and I would love the feeling I got knowing I

was making someone feel better. This is when I knew for sure I wanted a career where I

got to help people and make their lives better. I also live my everyday life hearing about

people who need help from my parents and grandparents. My mother and my father are

both nurses and so is my grandmother. They always told me how they would help people

who needed medical attention and care from the nurses and the hospital. I listened and I

started to think what it would be like if i was in their shoes.At that point I knew I wanted to

be in the medical field where I could help, but I did not know what I wanted to be exactly.

I started to study humans while walking around to see what I would find interesting.

When I would go visit my grandparents in Albuquerque I would have trouble

understanding my grandfather. He would speak in a off tone voice and he would mumble

a lot. That is when I knew I wanted to help people who had speech deficiencies.I started

to study speech pathology and I got to love the idea of being a speech pathologist. Since

that day I knew I wanted to be a speech pathologist and I have not strayed from my path.

When looking for colleges and universities, Iowa State was one that caught my eye. My

goal and dream is to study at Iowa State University and get my Masters Degree in

speech language pathology.

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