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DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY
 
Chair: Robert E. Moore (251) 445-9378
Professor Emeritus: B. Evans, Sellers
Professors: Dagenais, Talbott
Associate Professors: Adams, B. Beverly, Estis, Moore
Assistant Professors: Davis, D. Evans, K. Evans, Gordon-Hickey, Ramkissoon
Clinical Specialists: T. Beverly, Byrd, Holston, Hudson, Overschmidt, Taylor
 
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/speechandhearing/
 
The mission of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology is to provide undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs that challenge the student to achieve the highest standards of academic learning, scientific inquiry and clinical excellence. The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology seeks to deliver a comprehensive program of academic, research and clinical training in the area of speech, language and hearing development and disorders. The Department offers the Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences, the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, the Doctor of Audiology and the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
The undergraduate program readies the graduate to undertake professional study on the graduate level. Students in Speech-Language Pathology who complete the master's program will meet all the academic and practicum requirements to be eligible for the Clinical Fellowship (CF) that leads to national certification (CCC/SLP) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and eligibility for the Alabama State License. Students in Audiology who complete the Doctor of Audiology program will meet all the academic and practicum requirements for national certification (CCC/A) and also be eligible for the Alabama State License. The Graduate programs in both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of ASHA.
Undergraduate students majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences must complete each SHS course with a grade of "C" or better. Prior to enrolling in SHS courses at the 300 level, students must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0. Undergraduate speech and hearing majors are expected to maintain an overall grade-point average acceptable for admission to a graduate program.
Course requirements for the baccalaureate degree are outlined below.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES
Area I - Written Composition
(6)
 
EH 101, EH 102
3, 3
 
     
Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts
(12)
 
CA 110
3
 
ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 240, ARH 242; ARS 101; MUL 101; DRA 110
3
 
EH 215 or EH 216 or EH 225 or EH 226 or EH 235 or EH 236
3
 
*Humanities Elective
(suggest LG if HY sequence chosen)
3
 
     
Area III - Natural Sciences & Math
(11)
 
MA 112
3
 
BLY 121
4
 
Lab Science Elective
4
 
     
Area IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
(12)
 
History Elective (HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136)
3
 
*Social Sciences Electives (3 courses)
(recommend AN 100 & SY 109)
9
 
     
Area V - Preprofessional, Major & Electives
(24)
 
CIS 150 or CIS 110 or CIS 250
3
 
PSY 120
3
 
BMD 114, BMD 115
4, 4
 
ST 210 or BUS 245
3
 
PH 104
4
General Elective
3
*must complete a two course sequence in Literature or History
 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  
Human Development (PSY 250, PSY 340, PSY 350; EPY 251, EPY 315) AIS 301 3, 3  
Aging (PSY 250, PSY 436; BLY 207; HSC 450, HSC 457; SY 372, SY 472; LS 479, GRN 290; AIS 201, AIS 401), SY 435 3, 3  
Multicultural (EDF 315; EPY 315; AN 200, AN 458; SY 315, SY 420, SY 428, SY 445, SY 455; PSY 270, PSY 485; AIS 320; IS 100, IS 200), AN 100, AN 101, AN 210, AN 340, AN 344, AN 397, AN 354, AN 355, AN 356, AN 357, HY 279, AFR 101, LG 110, LG 305, GS 101, PSC 452, REL 352, REL 354, REL 355 3, 3  
Psychology (PSY of your choice) 3, 3  
SHS 290 or approved elective 3  
 
Prior to enrolling in SHS courses at the 300- and 400-level, students should complete BMD 114, BMD 115, CIS 150 or CIS 110 or CIS 250, PY 104, and at least one course each from the Aging, Multicultural, and Human Development areas. Students must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 prior to enrolling in SHS 300- and 400-level courses.
 
REQUIRED SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES COURSES
(36 credits as given below)
SHS 301 3 SHS 302 3
SHS 315 3 SHS 331 4
SHS 341 4 SHS 414 3
SHS 431 3 SHS 453 3
SHS 473 3 SHS 474 3
SHS 480 4    
 
A special course fee is assessed for the following course:
SHS 480 $37.00
 
 
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
The Master of Science (MSSLP) in Speech-Language Pathology serves either as a professional preparation for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or as preparation for graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree. The MSSLP program provides a broad range of basic science courses and specialized offerings emphasizing evaluation and treatment of language, articulation, fluency, voice, swallowing, and neurologically-based communication disorders. Students are prepared for careers as clinicians in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and community clinics. Clinical practicum experiences occur at the on-campus Speech and Hearing Center and many affiliated clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, and hospitals. Within this framework, students must meet the academic and practicum requirements leading to the Clinical Fellowship (CF) that occurs post graduation. Completion of the CF results in national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology awarded by ASHA) and eligibility for State of Alabama Licensure. The MSSLP program typically extends for five academic semesters, including one partial semester of clinical externship. Graduate assistantships are available annually on a competitive basis. Applications for admission and assistantships are accepted after November 1 with enrollment beginning in the Fall Semester only. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1. Specific information about the Master's program is available from the department.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted in the Fall Semester only.
The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria:
 
REGULAR ADMISSION
1. A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) in the field of communication sciences and disorders from an accredited college or university is required for admission. This includes all prerequisites for admission into the graduate program. Students who do not hold a baccalaureate degree or meet the prerequisites in the field may be eligible for the Second Bachelor's Degree Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences. (see below).
2. A minimum 3.0 ("A"=4.0) overall undergraduate GPA is required to be considered for regular admission, a minimum of 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA for provisional admission.
3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years. A minimum combined score of 290 for the Verbal and Quantitative portions is required. The score for the written portion will be evaluated.
4. Three references from faculty at the undergraduate institution are required. It is recommend that two of these references be provided by Ph.D. faculty within the applicant's undergraduate department.
5. A Letter of Intent stating the applicant's reasons for pursuing the degree.
 
Because the number of applicants is greater than the number of vacancies in the program, students are admitted on a competitive basis, based on the criteria stated above. Because of limited course sequencing, students are admitted in Fall Semester only. Students must submit complete applications by February 1 of the year in which they intend to matriculate.
In addition, students should have a course in human anatomy and physiology, an adequate background in psychology, and one course each in basic statistics and computer science. In order to meet ASHA certification requirements, students are strongly encouraged to complete course work in areas dealing with multicultural issues, aging/gerontology, and human development.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE
The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree requires:
1. A minimum of five semesters of full-time academic study. A portion of the final semester is spent off campus completing the externship.
2. A minimum GPA of 3.0.
3. A passing grade on a comprehensive examination administered during the final semester before leaving for the externship, or satisfactory completion of a thesis.
4. Demonstration of academic and clinical competencies as reflected in the student's Knowledge and Skills Assessment (KASA) document.
5. 375 clinical clock hours in the required areas as stipulated by ASHA.
 
TYPICAL COURSE SEQUENCE
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
 
Year 1
Fall   Spring   Summer  
SLP 541 3 SLP 510 3 SLP 567 2
SLP 533 3 SLP 561 3 SLP 568 2
SLP 565 3 SLP 566 3 SLP 596 3
SLP 596 3 SLP 596 3    
 
Year 2          
Fall   Spring      
SLP 521 3 SLP 534 2    
SLP 551 3 SLP 588 2    
SLP 532 3 SLP 598 8    
SLP 596 3        
 
A special course fee is assessed for the following course:
SLP 596 $183.00        
 
RETENTION POLICIES
1.
Any term in which a graduate student enrolled in the MSSLP program drops below a 3.0 GPA, the student will be placed on probationary status and has a period of one semester to attain a 3.0 GPA or be dismissed from the program.
2.
A student in the status of Provisional Admission who does not have a 3.0 GPA upon completing 15 semester hours of graduate credit toward degree requirements will be academically dismissed from the MSSLP program.
3.
Any student who receives a "D" or "F" in a graduate level course will be dismissed from the program.
4.
A "C" in any combination of two or more MSSLP courses will result in academic dismissal.
5.
Dismissal due to poor performance can occur at anytime during the course of study. Students should understand and agree that they may be required to complete additional and/or augmentative work or clinical experience as determined by the faculty or clinical staff. As such, graduation may be delayed.
6.
If for any reason a student must withdraw from the MSSLP program, re-admission will require approval of the department chairperson and the Dean of the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions.
7.
If a student is dismissed from a program prior to the end of the regular semester and that dismissal occurs after the University's refund deadline, the student will not receive any type of refund even if the next series of classes have not begun.
 
SECOND BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAM IN SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES
The Second Bachelor's Degree Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology offers appropriate prerequisite undergraduate course work to individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in an area other than speech and hearing science, speech language pathology, audiology, or communication disorders. Students apply directly to the department for admission to this program. Admission is limited and on a competitive basis. Those who meet admission requirements are admitted to the undergraduate Speech and Hearing Sciences program and the graduate MSSLP program. Admission to the MSSLP program is provisional and contingent on successful completion of the first year of the Second Bachelor's Degree Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Students may need to successfully complete additional coursework outside of the department. All out-of-department coursework must be completed during this initial year. This includes supporting coursework in mathematics or statistics, an anatomy and physiology sequence, physics or chemistry, and 2 psychology courses.
Given the structured curriculum in this special track, students are admitted Fall Semester only. Application procedures are outlined under the program of study.
  • A minimum of 29 within-department credit hours consisting of current course work (or equivalent):
To earn a second bachelor's degree, students must complete 25% of the total credits necessary for a first bachelor's degree in that major, and these credits must be from upper division courses. Given this requirement, a typical sequence is as follows:
Fall Semester Credit Hours   Spring Semester Credit Hours
SHS 341 Phonetics 4   SHS 302 Fundament Hrg Sci 3
SHS 315 Speech Science 3   SHS 331 Normal Language 4
SHS 453 Intro Speech Dis 3   SHS 414 Neuro Bases 3
SHS 473 Audiology 1     SHS 431 Intro Lang Dis 3
        SHS 474 Audiology II 3
         
Summer Semester Credit Hours      
SHS 480 Clinic Practicum 4      
Additionally, students who plan to move into the master's degree program in speech-language pathology will need to demonstrate competencies required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This includes supporting course work in mathematics or statistics, an anatomy and physiology sequence, physics or chemistry, and two psychology courses. Students are advised individually at the start of their program to determine needed out-of-department course work.
 
Admissions and continuation requirements for the Second Bachelor's Degree Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences are as follows:
  • Students contact the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology directly concerning admission to this program. Applications must be completed by April 1.
  • Admission decisions are made by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The admission requirements exceed those of the University of South Alabama by requiring GRE scores, 3 favorable letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent.
  • The department application fee ($35.00) must be paid at the time of application to the Second Bachelor's Degree Program. However, the application fee for graduate school does not apply at this time.
  • Applicants for the Second Bachelor's Degree Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences are considered in relationship to applicants for the MSSLP degree that year.
  • If an applicant is admitted to the Second Bachelor's Degree Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS), then the student will complete the undergraduate application to the University of South Alabama, including submission of all transcripts and provision of proof of the first bachelor's degree.
  • Students who are admitted to the Second Bachelor's Degree Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences are granted provisional admission to the MSSLP program. The admission is provisional with the following stipulations: 1. The student must complete the first year of the program with no grade lower than B, and 2. The department must receive two favorable letters of recommendation from two faculty members within the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the time of application for the MSSLP program.
  • During the second semester of the Second Bachelor's Degree Program the student can apply for the MSSLP program. This application is made through the online application process used by the department for the MSSLP program. All fees that apply to that application process must be paid. While admission to the MSSLP program is granted during the second semester, it remains provisional until the student has successfully completed that semester.
 
 
DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is a professional doctoral degree and is administered through the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions. The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) serves either as preparation for professional clinical audiologists (including certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ASHA) or as preparation for graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree. The Au.D. program provides a broad range of basic science courses and specialized offerings emphasizing assessment, intervention, and prevention techniques used with patients of all ages who have hearing or balance related disorders. Students are prepared for careers as clinicians in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice and community clinics. Clinical practicum opportunities occur at the on-campus Speech and Hearing Center and many affiliated ENT clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, and hospitals. Within this framework, students must meet the academic and practicum requirements for national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence, CCC, in Audiology awarded by ASHA) and State of Alabama Licensure. The Au.D. Program typically extends for 11 academic semesters including three semesters of clinical externship. Assistantships are available annually on a competitive basis. Applications for admission and assistantships are available after November 1 with enrollment beginning in the Fall Semester only. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1. Specific information about the Au.D. Program is available from the department.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted in the Fall Semester only.
The following describes admission criteria:
 
REGULAR ADMISSION
1. A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university is required for admission. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree in another field will be considered for admission on an individual basis.
2 A minimum 3.0 (A=4.0) overall undergraduate GPA is required to be considered for regular admission, a minimum of 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA for provisional admission.
3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years.
4. Three references from faculty at the undergraduate institution are required. It is recommended that two of these references be provided by Ph.D. faculty within the applicant's undergraduate department.
5. A Letter of Intent stating the applicant's reasons for pursuing the degree.
Because the number of applicants is greater than the number of vacancies in the program, students are admitted on a competitive basis, based on the criteria stated above. Because of limited course sequencing, students are admitted in fall semester only. Students must submit complete applications by February 1 of the year in which they intend to matriculate.
In addition, students should have a course sequence in human anatomy and physiology, an adequate background in psychology, and one course each in basic mathematics and physics or chemistry. Students are strongly encouraged to complete course work in areas dealing with multicultural issues, aging/gerontology, and human development.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) requires:
1.
A minimum of eleven full time semesters of academic study. The final three semesters are spent off campus completing externships.
2.
A minimum GPA of 3.0.
3.
A passing grade on summative assessments administered during the third semester of years one and two of the program.
4.
A passing grade on the summative assessment administered during the second semester of year three of the program.
5.
Demonstration of academic and clinical competencies as reflected in the student's Knowledge and Skills Assessment (KASA) document.
6.
1820 clinical clock hours (52 weeks X 35 hours per week) in the required areas as stipulated by ASHA.
The Au.D. degree requires a minimum of 11 semesters of full-time academic study. The final three semesters are spent off campus completing externships. Students must successfully complete formative and summative assessments. All students must take the PRAXIS examination before leaving campus for externships.
 
TYPICAL COURSE SEQUENCE
 
Doctor of Audiology
Year 1            
 
Fall     Spring     Summer
 
AUD 612
4
  AUD 622
3
  AUD 642
3
 
AUD 614
3
  AUD 613
3
  AUD 643
3
 
AUD 640
3
  AUD 616
3
  AUD 630
3
 
AUD 641
3
  AUD 670
2
  AUD 670
2
 
AUD 670
1
        AUD 630L
1
 
 
   
   
 
Year 2                
Fall     Spring     Summer
 
AUD 631
3
  AUD 647
3
  AUD 648
3
 
AUD 645
3
  AUD 649
3
  AUD 651
3
 
AUD 656
4
  AUD 657
2
  AUD 658
3
 
AUD 671
3
  AUD 671
3
  AUD 671
3
 
AUD 631L
1
             
                 
Year 3                
Fall     Spring     Summer
 
AUD 621
2
  AUD 654
3
  AUD 675
1
 
AUD 623
3
  AUD 655
3
  AUD 676
6
 
AUD 633
3
  AUD 661
3
   
 
AUD 653
3
  AUD 672
3
   
 
AUD 672
3
             
 
   
   
 
Year 4      
   
 
Fall     Spring
   
 
AUD 675
1
  AUD 675
1
   
 
AUD 676
6
  AUD 676
6
   
 
 
   
   
 
A special course fee is assessed for the following courses:
AUD 670   $183.00       AUD 630L   $25.00
AUD 671
$183.00       AUD 631L   $25.00
AUD 672
$183.00            
       
   
 
 
RETENTION POLICIES
1.
Any term in which a graduate student enrolled in the Au.D. program drops below a 3.0 GPA, the student will be placed on probationary status and has a period of one semester to attain a 3.0 GPA or be dismissed from the program.
2.
A student in the status of Provisional Admission who does not have a 3.0 GPA upon completing 15 semester hours of graduate credit toward degree requirements will be academically dismissed from the Au.D. program.
3.
Any student who receives a "D" or "F" in a graduate level course will be dismissed from the program.
4.
A "C" in any combination of two or more AUD courses will result in academic dismissal.
5.
Dismissal due to poor performance can occur at anytime during the course of study. Students should understand and agree that they may be required to complete additional and/or augmentative work or clinical experience as determined by the faculty or clinical staff. As such, graduation may be delayed.
6.
If for any reason a student must withdraw from the Au.D. program, re-admission will require approval of the department chairperson and the Dean of the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions.
7.
If a student is dismissed from a program prior to the end of the regular semester and that dismissal occurs after the University's refund deadline, the student will not receive any type of refund even if the next series of classes have not begun.
 
 
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM IN
COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers students specialization in speech and language pathology, communication science, or audiology. The doctoral program is designed to provide a formal course of training and advanced research in communication sciences and disorders that produces significant, original contributions to the professional discipline. Course work in experimental research design, statistics and various out-of-department opportunities maximize the student’s ability to engage in original research and scholarship. A doctoral student is admitted to candidacy upon passing a written and oral comprehensive examination.
Applicants wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree design a program suited to meet their future teaching and research goals in speech-language pathology, audiology, and/or applied speech/hearing sciences within the framework of the core requirements described below. For full-time students, it is anticipated that they can complete the Ph.D. in three years. Students must complete the Ph.D. in seven years from the start of the program. The student may apply for an extension if unable to complete the degree in seven years. All extensions must be approved by the student's committee and the department chair.
There are two tracks that students can choose in pursuit of the Ph.D. degree: Track One is for applicants who have completed both undergraduate and graduate level training in the profession or a related field. For these students, it is assumed that they have either already met course work requirements toward certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), or they are not pursuing certification. Students with bachelor's degrees within the discipline may enter this program but do not complete the clinical requirements for certification through ASHA (i.e., CCC-A or CCC-SLP).
Track Two is designed for students who wish to obtain clinical certification in either discipline as part of their training. This track is available as a fast-track option to the Ph.D. program and is available to Au.D. and SLP Master's degree students after they have completed one half of their degree programs. That is, Au.D. students can apply to the Ph.D. program after the first two years of their Au.D. training. If accepted, they proceed to complete the requirements for the Au.D. and the Ph.D. programs simultaneously. They are awarded both degrees at the completion of all program requirements, and they are eligible for ASHA CCC-A. Students in the MSSLP program can convert to the Ph.D. program after one year of the master's degree and complete the Ph.D. in three years. They are awarded the Ph.D. only. They will have, however, demonstrated the core knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible for the ASHA CCC-SLP. They will still need to complete the Clinical Fellowship (CF).
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Minimum admission consideration requirements are as follows:
Track One:
1. Bachelor’s or graduate degree. If the applicant wants to earn ASHA certification then a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology is needed.
2. For bachelor's applicants, minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 (based on 4.0) and minimum undergraduate GPA in the professional area of 3.5. For those holding a graduate degree, a minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.5.
3. For Graduate Record Exam (GRE), a combined score of at least 290 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE, however, to be competitive a GRE score of 300 or higher is recommended. The writing portion of the GRE must be taken but there is no minimum score.
4. Three letters of reference from faculty at the undergraduate institution are required. All three references must be provided by the Ph.D. faculty.
5. A Letter of Intent stating the applicant's reasons for pursuing the degree.
 
Track Two:
1. Bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or audiology, or successful completion of undergraduate equivalency course work in the area of Speech and Hearing Sciences, or equivalent. (See prerequisite program above.)
2. Current status within the Au.D. or M.S. Speech-Language Pathology program at USA with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 (based on 4.0).
3. For Graduate Record Exam (GRE) obtained prior to August 2011, a combined score of at least 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE is required. After August 2011, a combined score of at least 290 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE is required. However, to be competitive a GRE score of 300 or higher is recommended. The writing portion of the GRE must be taken but there is no minimum score.
4. Three letters of reference from current faculty. All three references must be provided by the Ph.D. faculty.
5. A Letter of Intent stating the applicant's reasons for pursuing the degree.
 
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
CURRICULUM
Core Courses (12 hours)
Pre-dissertation course work in experimental design, statistical procedures, and research instrumentation. Includes doctoral colloquia.
CSD 650 Research Methods in Communication Science and Disorders
3
CSD 651 Advanced Speech and Hearing Science and Instrumentation
3
IDE 620 Quantitative Methods I
3
IDE 621 Quantitative Methods II
3
 
Electives (29 hours)
Electives include directed studies and directed research. Research projects are designed to give the student direct experience in the design, analysis and interpretation of experimental questions. This directed research is intended, in part, to provide the student with a project for their pre-comprehensive examination manuscript and oral presentation. These experiences are also designed as prerequisites to the preparation of the prospectus of the doctoral dissertation. Additionally, students may take course work within and outside the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.
 
Professional Practicum (4 hours)
Professional practicum experiences are designed to give direct experience with, at least, two of the following professional areas: teaching, clinical supervision and administration. These may be repeated but only 4 hours count toward degree requirements.
   
Dissertation (21 hours)
Total: 66 hours
NOTE: The above represent minimum requirements. A student, with approval or recommendation of the graduate faculty, may take additional course work in a specific area if it is needed to support the student's specialization area or to obtain knowledge in an ancillary area.
 
The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders requires a minimum of 66 semester hours of approved graduate course work beyond the Master’s Speech-Language Pathology degree and a minimum of 50 hours beyond the Doctor of Audiology degree. Refer to the doctoral handbook for specific requirements.
 
APPLICATION
Applications for Track One of the Ph.D. program are accepted at any time and enrollment can begin any semester. Applications for the Track Two program are accepted after November 1 during the student's first year of the MSSLP program or second year of the Au.D. program.
 
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS/TUITION FELLOWSHIPS
Graduate assistantships and tuition fellowships are available annually on a competitive basis.
 
TRANSFER CREDIT
Normally, students are not permitted to transfer doctoral level credits. Exceptions to this policy would require approval of the Admissions Committee, Director of Graduate Studies for the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
 
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Ph.D. students must pass a comprehensive examination following successful completion of academic work. Subsequent to passing the comprehensive examination and successful presentation of an original research project the student is admitted to candidacy. The content of the student's comprehensive examination is determined by the student's comprehensive examination committee. The comprehensive examination consists of 18 hours of written examination followed by a 2 hour oral examination.
 
CANDIDACY
Admission to candidacy will be achieved upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination and professional presentation of a completed research project. The research project is undertaken with the guidance and approval of a pre-dissertation project committee. The doctoral candidate is, therefore, a student who has fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the Ph.D. and has only the dissertation research project as the remaining program requirement.
 
DISSERTATION/DISSERTATION DEFENSE
While only 21 semester hours of dissertation research may count towards the degree, a student must continually enroll in CSD 799 (Dissertation Research) until the final dissertation document has been approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. The final oral defense of the dissertation is scheduled after the dissertation study is completed and prepared in written form. Additional revisions of the dissertation may be required as a result of the defense or Graduate School evaluation.
 
TIME LIMIT
After reaching candidacy, students have a maximum of two years to complete the dissertation.
 

 
 


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