Other Options?

So, I'm going to graduate with my BS in Speech Pathology in the summer, but it looks like there is pretty much no way I am getting into grad school. My GRE scores are pretty high (730 verbal, 720 math), but due to mental health issues I have really struggled in undergrad. I've failed out entire semesters due to depression, and when I graduate my GPA will likely be around a 2.3.

I talked to my advisor at school about staying in school longer and picking up a minor to raise my GPA, but she said that it probably wouldn't be helpful because the admissions committees would look at the transcript and still see all the failed classes - she's said that she had students who transferred into our school from a community college and graduate with a very high GPA from my undergrad institution, but didn't get into grad school because of poor grades they got in the community college. She also thought retaking the speech classes in a leveling program after I graduate wouldn't help for the same reason. Besides, when I've been able to complete the semesters and passed the courses, I've already gotten pretty much all As and B+s.

So I've got two questions. The first being - I pretty much am screwed as far as getting into grad school, right? I've accepted it at this point, but if there's some way that I'm not seeing feel free to point it out. Second, what do you do with a bachelor's in speech pathology if you don't get into grad school (or decide not to or can't go for whatever reason)? I'm not in a state that allows SLPAs. I'm planning on trying to get a job as a paraprofessional in a school, and possibly later going back to school in another healthcare field, but I was wondering what other people have done.
I had a friend in a similar position. With a letter from a therapist, she was able to petition to have the Fs on her transcripts changed to Incompletes such that she was able to re-take the courses and raise her GPA. Maybe something similar would work at your school?
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This sounds like a wonderful idea! I'd certainly try it.

From what I've heard, most schools look at your last 60 hours and your GPA in your major. Were you failing basics or SLP courses? There's no reason you shouldn't be able to retake courses to raise your GPA. Yes, it will still show up on your transcript, but so will the new grades. I think it would show any admissions committee that you wanted to change things. If the letter from your therapist doesn't work, you might just briefly state in your Statement of Purpose that you suffered from mental health problems in the past, and have done everything possible to make up for those semesters in which you've failed.

Grad school is very strict about grades. ASHA requires a B in most courses to show competency. If you don't have a B in an SLP Grad Course, you may have to do extra work to make up for it and show competency in order to graduate.

Best of luck! Keep us posted!
Both basics and SLP courses. I will have retaken the SLP courses I need to graduate and passed with good grades, but my GPA will still be low.
I'll ask the counselor I am seeing at school about it. It would be nice to have them as incompletes or even withdrawals instead of Fs.
My advisor told me that if I didn't want to go onto grad school or for some reason didn't get in, that education would be a very good backup major. Especially a special education major. Of course that would depend on if you want to be a teacher in the future.
I can't even count on one hand the number of times I've gotten good advice from a college advisor. I find them to be almost completely useless in actually doing their job of dispensing good advice to people in college. Forget her.

Worst case scenario: get yourself to a state that DOES allow SLPA's, retake the SLP-related courses in a levelling program and apply to grad school in a year. You'll have a year of experience, some fabulous recommendation letters, and a higher GPA. And, as you know, be sure to take any chance afforded to you to explain the discrepancy.

You could always call a graduate school admissions director and request ten minutes to discuss your situation. The worst answer you can get is a "no". And if you get a "yes", you can ask what you need to do to freshen things up. You'll look committed, serious, and open to advice, all good qualities in a graduate school candidate. THIS is whom you should be listening to, not this advisor. DO NOT take her word for what your future can be.

That was great advice on calling the grad schools. I will definitely do this.

And hopefully my fiance gets the job he is interviewing for because then he would be relocating to a state that does allow SLPAs.
I, personally, was in a similar situation. I did not fail out of any courses, but my GPA was low and did have mental health issues throughout my undergrad. I ended up taking off a couple (well, more than a couple) of years between undergrad and graduate school where I gained a lot of experience. I spent a year taking all of the prerequisite courses I need (or im assuming what would be leveling courses for you?) at one of the institutions where I applied. This way I was able to get to know the director of the program, and become a face and a person, not just an application. Additionally, the program is a new program so there were less applicants and I had a better chance of being accepted. I was also able to explain my situation. I found it very beneficial, for myself and my chances, to be able to get to know the program and the faculty and have them know me as opposed to just applying and being a number.

my back up plan was to go into the SLPA program since my city has one.