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DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY
 
Chair: Paul A. Dagenais (251) 380-2600
Professor Emeritus: Evans, Sellers
Professors: Dagenais, Talbott
Associate Professor: Beverly, Boettcher, Guendouzi
Assistant Professors: Carpenter, Estis, Moore, Ramkissoon, Williams
Clinical Specialists: Beverly, Byrd, Hardaway, Holston, Hudson, Roberts
 
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 Bachelor's and Master's programs 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. 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 110 or 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
 
CLS 114, CLS 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, EPY 451) 3, 3  
Aging (PSY 250, PSY 356; BLY 207; HSC 450, HSC 457; SY 372, SY 472; LS 479, GRN 290; AIS 201, AIS 401) 3, 3  
Multicultural (EDF 315; EPY 315; AN 200, AN 458; SY 315, SY 428, SY 445, SY 455; PSY 270, PSY 485; AIS 320; IS 100, IS 200) 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 must complete CLS 114, CLS 115, CIS 150 or CIS 110 or CIS 250, SHS 291, and at least one course each from the Aging, Multicultural, and Human Development areas. Students must have achieved an overall GPA of 2.5 in order to enroll in SHS 300- and 400-level courses.
 
REQUIRED SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES COURSES
(36 credits as given below)
SHS 291 3 SHS 314 3
SHS 331 4 SHS 341 4
SHS 414 3 SHS 431 3
SHS 441 3 SHS 452 3
SHS 474 3 SHS 473 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 15. 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 in the field must complete the Prerequisite Program. ( See below. )
2. A minimum 3.0 ("A"=4.0) overall undergraduate GPA to be considered for regular admission, a minimum of 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA for provisional admission.
3. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years.
4. Three references from faculty at the undergraduate institution are required. Two of these references must 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 15 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. Students with a bachelor’s degree in other fields will be expected to meet Prerequisite Program requirements in speech pathology and audiology.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE
The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree requires a minimum of five semesters of full-time academic study. A portion of the final semester is spent off campus completing the externship. Students must pass a comprehensive examination or complete a thesis project. All students must obtain a passing grade on the PRAXIS examination.
 
TYPICAL COURSE SEQUENCE
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
 
Year 1
Fall   Spring   Summer  
SLP 532 3 SLP 510 3 SLP 568 2
SLP 541 3 SLP 533 3 SLP 534 2
SLP 565 3 SLP 566 3 SLP 596 3
SLP 596 3 SLP 596 3    
 
Year 2          
Fall   Spring      
SLP 521 3 SLP 567 2    
SLP 551 3 SLP 588 2    
SLP 561 3 SLP 598 8    
SLP 596 3        
 
A special course fee is assessed for the following course:
SLP 596 $50.00        
 
 
DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is a professional doctoral degree and is administered through the 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 two semesters of clinical externship. 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 15. 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) 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 Au.D. program. Students who do not hold a baccalaureate degree in the field must complete the Prerequisite Program. See section below for information about the Prerequisite Program.
2 A minimum 3.0 (A=4.0) overall undergraduate GPA to be considered for regular admission, a minimum of 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA for provisional admission.
3. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years.
4. Three references from faculty at the undergraduate institution are required. Two of these references must 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 15 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. 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 Au.D. degree requires a minimum of 11 semesters of full-time academic study. The final two semesters are spent off campus completing externships. Students must successfully complete formative and summative assessments. All students must pass the PRAXIS examination before leaving campus for externships.
 
TYPICAL COURSE SEQUENCE
 
Doctor of Audiology
Year 1            
 
Fall     Spring     Summer
 
AUD 612
3
  AUD 622
4
  AUD 632
2
 
AUD 614
2
  AUD 613
3
  AUD 642
3
 
AUD 616
3
  AUD 641
3
  AUD 643
3
 
AUD 640
3
  AUD 670
2
  AUD 630
3
 
AUD 670
1
        AUD 670
2
 
 
   
   
 
Year 2                
Fall     Spring     Summer
 
AUD 615
3
  AUD 646
3
  AUD 648
3
 
AUD 631
3
  AUD 647
3
  AUD 651
3
 
AUD 645
3
  AUD 650
3
  AUD 652
3
 
AUD 671
3
  AUD 671
3
  AUD 671
3
 
 
   
   
 
Year 3                
Fall     Spring     Summer
 
AUD 621
1
  AUD 623
3
  AUD 671
3
 
AUD 633
3
  AUD 655
3
  AUD 673
2
 
AUD 653
3
  AUD 661
3
  AUD 674
3
 
AUD 654
2
  AUD 671
3
  Elective
3
 
AUD 671
3
             
 
   
   
 
Year 4      
   
 
Fall     Spring
   
 
AUD 675
1
  AUD 675
1
   
 
AUD 676
11
  AUD 676
11
   
 
 
   
   
 
A special course fee is assessed for the following courses:
AUD 631   $25.00            
AUD 670   $50.00            
AUD 671
$50.00  
   
 
AUD 672
$50.00  
   
 
 
 
PREREQUISITE PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS HOLDING A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE
The Prerequisite Program 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 their chosen program of study (Master's in Speech-Language Pathology or Doctor of Audiology). Admission is limited and on a competitive basis. Those who meet admission requirements are admitted to the appropriate graduate program and, if they maintain appropriate grades, continue studies at the graduate level after completing the undergraduate curriculum. Students may need to successfully complete additional coursework outside of the department. This coursework may be completed prior to admission to the program or concurrently with the undergraduate SHS coursework. All out-of-department coursework must be completed during this initial year. This includes supporting course work in mathematics or statistics, an anatomy and physiology sequence, physics or chemistry, and 2 psychology courses. NOTE: Some Au.D. applicants may have the SHS course completion requirement waived.
 
Given the structured curriculum in this special track, students are admitted Fall Semester only. Students interested in this program should contact the department for advising prior to applying. Application procedures are outlined under the program of study, MSSLP or AUD.
 
   
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.
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. Combined score of at least 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
4. Three letters of reference from faculty at the undergraduate institution are required. Two of these 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. Combined score of at least 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
4. Three letters of reference from current faculty, two of these references being 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. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 15.
 
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 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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