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SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY


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PROGRAMS

 

Master of arts (MA) in speech-language pathology and doctor of audiology (AuD)

 

Admission requirements

 

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the Graduate School and the program in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and must submit transcripts of grades from completed bachelor’s degree programs (including all schools attended at the undergraduate or graduate level), three letters of recommendation, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Applicants to the doctor of audiology degree program must also submit a statement of purpose and complete an interview.

 

MASTER OF ARTS IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

 

Program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The master’s degree is a basic requirement for employment as a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. Graduate study in speech-language pathology includes the academic and practicum requirements needed for Indiana School Services Personnel certification, as well as Indiana state licensure and the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASLHA). To qualify for the state licensure or the CCC, students must pass a national examination and demonstrate adequate clinical skills during a Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) under supervision by a certified speech-language pathologist.

 

Admission requirements

 

·      Students must be admitted to both the department and to the Graduate School to enroll as a degree student.

·      Minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0. We receive more qualified applicants than we can accept; meeting or exceeding this average does not guarantee admission.

·      Prefer a combined score of 900 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.

·      Three letters of reference (on department forms).

·      Transcripts of all previous graduate and undergraduate course work.

·      Completed graduate school application.

 

Degree requirements

 

The master’s program in speech-language pathology has a strong clinical orientation. Extensive practicum work with close supervision is required and is considered to be a critical component of the program.

For students with backgrounds in speech and hearing (usually bachelor’s degrees), the program consists of a minimum of 56 semester hours including courses in which clinical practicum experience is acquired. For students with undergraduate major in speech and hearing, the program usually takes six consecutive semesters to complete.

The program requires sufficient clinical practicum hours to meet the ASLHA clinical practicum requirements. A comprehensive examination is also required.

Students with no background in speech and hearing but who have bachelor’s degrees must take undergraduate deficiency classes before the regular graduate program can begin. The length of such programs will vary, but they typically take nine consecutive semesters.

 

Course requirements include the following:

 

PREFIX   NO    SHORT TITLE     CR HRS

 

SPAA      601   Intro Resrch             3

               610   Child Lang 1            3

               611   Child Lang 2            3

               620   Dx Cl Pract (1-2)     2

               621   Sp Sd Dis 2              3

               622   Fluency                    2

               624   Diagnostics              3

               625   Voice                       4

               628   Ad Clin Prac (2-10) 6

               629   Prof Issues               3

               631   Aug Alt Comm        3

               632   Neurogencs 1           3

               633   Neurogencs 2           3

               640   Dysphagia                3

               642   Aud for SLP            2

               690   Sem S L Path (1-6)   4

               693   Internship (3-9)        3

               695   Sch Intern (3-9)       3

                                                    ———

                                                    56 hrs

Approved graduate courses in other departments may be substituted for SPAA 690.

 

DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY (AuD)

 

The doctor of audiology degree is a post-baccalaureate degree designed to prepare students for the professional practice of audiology. The program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) and meets requirements for Indiana state licensure. The typical program is four calendar years. The first three years include academic study and intense supervised clinical practicum both on and off campus. The final year consists of a 12-month externship at an approved audiologic facility.

 

Admission requirements

 

Applicants must meet the admission standards of the Graduate School and the department’s AuD admissions committee. The committee’s decision is based on several factors, including the applicant’s undergraduate transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, written recommendations, a written statement of purpose, and an interview. Admission to the program is competitive, and meeting admission requirements does not ensure admission. Preference is given to applicants with undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and GRE scores of 500 or higher in the verbal and quantitative sections. Per Graduate School requirements, students admitted to the program are required to maintain a 3.2 GPA or higher throughout their AuD program to remain in good academic standing. Applicants admitted to the program may be required to take undergraduate courses to acquire needed background knowledge if any areas of deficiency in undergraduate preparation are identified. Often, any needed deficiency courses can be taken during the AuD program without extending the length of the program; however, credit for these deficiency courses does not apply toward the AuD degree requirements.

 

Degree requirements

 

Degree requirements include a total of 100 credit hours (73 academic credit hours, 18 clinical practicum credit hours, and 9 externship credit hours). Students must accumulate a minimum of 800 practicum hours and complete a 12-month audiologic externship during their final year of study. Students must pass comprehensive examinations and successfully pass a national audiology examination during their last year of on-campus study, prior to externship placement.

 

Academic and clinical course requirements include:

 

PREFIX   NO    SHORT TITLE     CR HRS

 

SPAA      562   Neuro Anat              3

               601   Intro Resrch             3

               648   Hearing Anat           4

               650   Ped Aud                   3

               651   Aud Prob Adl          3

               652   Psychoacoust           3

               653   Meas Balance          3

               654   Evkd Pot Tst            3

               655   Diagn Audiol           3

               656   Spch Hrg Aid           4

               657   Adv Diag Aud         3

               658   Private Prac              2

               659   Industrial                 2

               660   Otoac Emiss             3

               661   Cochlr Impl             2

               662   Pharm Aud              2

               663   Counsel Aud            1

               664   Hstry/Issues             2

               680   Genetics                   2

               749   Audiol Prac (1-4)    18

               766   Hear Aid 2               3

               770   Grand Rounds (1)    3

               771   Aud Project (2 or 3) 2

               793   Aud Extern  (3)        9

SNLNG   551   Sign Lang 1              3

Electives                                         11

                                                    ———

                                                   100 hrs

 

 

SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY (SPAA)

 

500 Survey of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. (2) Introduction to speech-language pathology and audiology and a survey of communication disorders. Particularly helpful for persons thinking about careers in communication disorders or in related fields (teaching, nursing, gerontology, etc.).

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 100.

 

518 Organic Speech and Language Disorders. (3) An overview of speech and language disorders resulting from organic problems. Areas covered include cerebral palsy, aphasia, cleft palate, dysphagia, vocal abuse, head trauma, and laryngectomy.

Prerequisite: SPAA 161; permission of the department chairperson.

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 418.

 

519 Speech Pathology and Audiology Practicum. (1-4) Students engage in observation and preprofessional participation with clients with various speech, language, and hearing disorders.

Prerequisite: SPAA 210, 311.

A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned.

Not open to students who have 4 hours of credit in SPAA 319.

 

542 Audiology for Deaf Education. (3) Overview of audiology and aural rehabilitation for deaf-education majors.

Prerequisite: SPAA 101; SPCED 240 or 540.

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 342.

Open only to deaf-education majors or by permission of the department chairperson.

 

543 Introduction to Audiology. (3) Overview of the anatomy and physiology of hearing, hearing disorders, hearing assessment, and hearing screening.

Prerequisite: SPAA 161, 260 or 560.

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 343.

 

544 Aural Rehabilitation. (3) Overview of aural rehabilitation. Practical implications of various types of hearing losses and appropriate rehabilitative procedures. Amplification, auditory training, speechreading, educational and vocational considerations, and psychosocial implications of hearing loss.

Prerequisite: SPAA 210, 270, 343; or permission of the department chairperson.

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 344.

 

545 Clinical Audiology: Orientation and Visitation. (2) Orientation to the practice of clinical audiology in various settings and work environments.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 345.

Open only to AuD students.

 

560 Speech Acoustics. (3) Introduction to the physical nature of speech and its relationship to speech production and perception.

Prerequisite: SPAA 101, 161.

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 260.

 

562 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing. (3) Overview of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a concentration on neurological mechanisms related to speech, language, and hearing.

Prerequisite: SPAA 161.

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 361.

Open only to AuD students.

 

569 Child Language Disorders 1. (3) Introduction to the nature, cause, and treatment of language disorders in children.

Prerequisite: SPAA 270 or 570.

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 371.

Open only to AuD students.

 

570 Language Development. (3) Overview of language and language development. Consideration of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Theories of language acquisition. Cultural diversity as related to language.

Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 270.

 

601 Introduction to Research in Speech Pathology and Audiology. (3) Orientation to research in speech-language pathology and audiology. Develops the abilities to read, evaluate, apply, and conduct research. Includes research writing style, critical reading, literature searches, research design, basic statistics, and computer applications.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

 

610 Child Language: Birth to Five. (3) Emphasis on profiling the language and communication characteristics of various populations (e.g., neonates, autism spectrum disorders, specific language impairment) of young children seen in SLP. Contemporary assessment and intervention practices are reviewed, pertinent to evaluating the efficacy of communication treatment through participation and quality of life outcomes.

Prerequisite: SPAA 371 or equivalent; permission of the department chairperson.

 

611 Child Language: School Age to Adolescent. (3) Emphasizes communicative competency at the narrative and conversational levels of children with Language-Learning-Disabilities (LLD). Applied clinical service delivery models (e.g., curriculum based-instruction) are reviewed, pertinent to promoting oral language through literacy based assessments and interventions. Various reading disorders (e.g., dyslexia) are discussed when attributed to language impairments.

Prerequisite: SPAA 610; permission of the department chairperson.

 

620 Diagnostic Clinical Practicum. (1-2) Supervised clinical practice in assessment strategies, collecting clinical data, client interviewing, counseling, preparation of reports, and referral procedures.

Prerequisite: SPAA 319 (3 enrollments) or equivalent and permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 2 hours of credit may be earned.

Open only to SPAA graduate students.

 

621 Speech Sounds Disorders 2. (3) Advanced study of pediatric articulation and phonologic disorders. Survey of modern approaches to phonologic analysis and intervention techniques emphasizing critical review of the professional literature in its historic context. Overview of single subject designs and accountability procedures.

      Prerequisite: SPAA 210 or its equivalent.

      Open only to SPAA graduate students.

 

622 Fluency. (2) Nature, symptoms, development, diagnosis, and treatment of dysfluency. Overview of evidence based practices related to assessment and

treatment of dysfluency disorders. Overview of relevant evidence related to theoretical constructs underlying the concepts of fluency and dysfluency.

      Open only to SPAA graduate students.

 

624 Diagnosis and Appraisal 2. (3) Emphasis on the evaluation of communication disorders across the life span with diverse populations. Psychometric properties of norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests are reviewed in relationship to assessment practices in SLP. Alternative assessment models are introduced, which provide functional and meaningful data for the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.

      Prerequisite: SPAA 312 or equivalent.

      Open only to SPAA graduate students.

 

625 Voice and Resonance Disorders. (4)

Assessment and therapy strategies for voice and resonance disorders including functional, organic, neurologic, larynegectomy, velopharyngeal insufficiency, and cleft lip and palate are addressed. Description and treatment strategies involving criterion-referenced, instrumented assessments, and introduction to videostroboscopy are included.

      Open only to SPAA graduate students.

 

628 Advanced Clinical Practice. (2-10) Students diagnose and treat children and adults with speech and/or language disorders. Ordinarily a total of 6 hours of credit is earned during three enrollments.

Prerequisite: SPAA 319 (3 enrollments) or the equivalent; SPAA major and permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 10 hours of credit may be earned.

Open only to graduate students majoring in speech-language pathology.

 

629 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology. (3) Overview of professional issues facing clinicians. Examines ethical, multicultural, and service delivery issues in a variety of work settings with clients across the lifespan. Also reviews certification, licensure, and healthcare and education legislation and regulation. Employment and internship opportunities and issues are discussed.

      Open only to SPAA graduate students.

 

631 Augmentative/Alternative Communication and the Nonvocal Individual. (3) Needs assessment and communication evaluation considerations; selection and development of appropriate and effective augmentative/alternative communication systems for nonvocal people including communication boards, electronic instrumentation, etc. Program development for individual needs and abilities of clients.

 

632 Neurogenic Disorders 1. (3) Advanced study of the central nervous system and its relationship to the causes, assessment and management of aphasia, right hemisphere dysfunction, and associated motor speech disorders.

Prerequisite: SPAA 161, 361 or equivalents; permission of the department chairperson.

 

633 Neurogenic Disorders 2. (3) Advanced study of the nature, causes, assessment, and management of dementia and traumatic brain injuries. Includes the study of normal aging and cognitive functions.

Prerequisite: SPAA 632; permission of the department chairperson.

 

640 Dysphagia. (3) Introduction to dysphagia with emphasis on knowledge needed to evaluate and treat adults with swallowing disorders. Current trends and issues will be studied. Normal and disordered swallowing across lifespan examined. Clinical and ethical decision making will be discussed.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

Open only to SPAA graduate students.

 

642 Audiology for Speech-Language Pathologists. (2) Overview of audiology oriented towards the needs of speech-language pathologists. Hearing screening and follow-up. Audiogram interpretation. Hearing aids and FM systems. Cochlear implants. Central auditory processing problems: symptoms and management.

Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 344 or permission of the department chairperson.

 

648 Hearing Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders. (4) Graduate level study of the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism and of conductive, sensorineural, and central hearing disorders.

Prerequisite: SPAA 343.

 

649 Clinical Orientation and Practicum in Audiology. (2-10) Orientation to clinical practicum in audiology. Practicum experience in a variety of diagnostic and habilitative procedures.

Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 344 and concurrent or prior enrollment in SPAA 655; permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 10 hours of credit may be earned.

 

650 Pediatric Audiology. (3) Topics specific to the nature and management of auditory problems in children. Development of the auditory system. Genetics of hearing loss. Syndromes associated with hearing loss. Educational audiology.

Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 344.

 

651 Auditory Problems and Management in Adults. (3) Topics specific to the nature and management of auditory problems in adults. Tinnitus, cerumen management, assistive devices, adult and aural rehabilitation and hearing aid orientation, self-assessment scales, consumer groups and advocacy.

Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 344.

 

652 Psychoacoustics, Instrumentation, and Calibration. (3) Psychoacoustics and acoustic phonetics. Calibration of audio-logic equipment.

Prerequisite: SPAA 260, 659.

 

653 Balance Function and Assessment. (3) Anatomy and physiology of balance. Assessment of balance function through electronystagmography, evoked potentials, and other available measures. Diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders as related to the audiology scope of practice.

Prerequisite: SPAA 161, 343; permission of the department chairperson.

 

654 Evoked Potential Testing. (3) Nature, use, administration, and interpretation of evoked potentials. Relationship of evoked potentials to other diagnostic procedures.

Prerequisite: SPAA 161, 343, 648; permission of the department chairperson.

 

655 Diagnostic Audiology. (3) Standard audiological testing and interpretation. Masking. Speech audiometry. Functional disorders: symptoms and diagnostic procedures. Immittance testing and interpretation.

Prerequisite: SPAA 260, 343.

 

656 Speech Perception and Hearing Aids. (4) Hearing loss and speech perception as related to amplification. Overview of hearing aids.

Prerequisite: SPAA 655.

 

657 Advanced Diagnostic Audiology. (3) Site-of-lesion tests other than immittance, evoked potentials, and electronystagmography. Central auditory processing disorders: nature, diagnosis, and management.

Prerequisite: SPAA 655.

 

658 Private Practice and Related Professional Issues. (2) Consideration of issues related to private practice audiology. Includes information on how the history of audiology and hearing aid dispensing has affected the profession. Other professional issues, such as certification and licensing, will be discussed.

 

659 Industrial Audiology and Noise Induced Hearing Loss. (2) Audiologic practice in industrial settings, noise induced hearing loss, and industrial sound surveys.

      Open only to students enrolled in the AuD program.

 

660 Otoacoustic Emissions. (3) Nature, use, administration, and interpretation of otoacoustic emissions. Relationships of otoacoustic emissions to other diagnostic procedures.

Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 648; permission of the department chairperson.

Open only to students enrolled in the AuD program.

 

661 Cochlear Implants. (2) Cochlear implants, including candidacy, devices, speech perception and production, aural rehabilitation, and educational implications. Includes brainstem implants.

Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 344, 648, 650, 654, 656, 657.

 

662 Pharmacology for Audiologists. (2) Pharmacology as related to the practice of audiology, including ototoxic agents and interdrug reactions.

Prerequisite: SPAA 648, 655.

 

663 Counseling Issues in Audiologic Practice. (1) Counseling issues related to the practice of audiology.

Prerequisite: SPAA 650, 651, 655.

 

664 History and Issues of the Profession of Audiology. (2) History of the profession of audiology. Past, present, and future issues facing the profession.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

Open only to students enrolled in the AuD program.

 

680 Genetics of Communication Disorders. (2) Current issues in the genetics of communication disorders. Introduction to cytogenetics, mutation and chromosomal aberrations, traditional and nontraditional inheritance, development, pedigree analysis, genetic testing, genetic counseling, ethical considerations, and the latest on clinical characteristics and molecular genetics of syndromic and non-syndromic communication disorders.

Open only to Audiology or Speech Language Pathology graduate students.

 

690 Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology. (1-6) Seminars will be offered on selected topics in speech-language pathology. Topics to be covered will be identified in advance for each seminar offered.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term.

 

691 Seminar in Audiology. (1-4) Offered on selected topics in audiology. Topics to be covered will be identified in advance for each offering.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned.

 

692 Directed Study in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. (1-3) Individual directed study in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

 

693 Internship in Speech Pathology or Audiology. (3-9) On-the-job experience in such places as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practices, nursing homes, community speech and hearing centers, etc.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 18 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 9 in any one semester or term.

 

695 School Internship in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. (3-9) On-the-job experience in a school setting.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 18 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 9 in any one semester or term.

 

749 Audiology Practicum. (1-4) Supervised clinical practicum in audiology on and off campus. Experience in a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative procedures.

Prerequisite or parallel: SPAA 343, 655; permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 26 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 4 in any one semester or term.

Open only to AuD students.

 

766 Hearing Aids 2. (3) Advanced course on hearing aids, including middle ear implants.

Prerequisite: SPAA 656.

 

770 Grand Rounds in Audiology. (1) An

in-depth review and analysis of a variety of clinical cases and topics related to the professional practice of audiology.

      A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 1 in any one semester or term.

      Open only to students enrolled in the AuD program.

 

771 Audiology Doctoral Project.  (2 or 3)  Audiology doctoral project on approved topic.

      A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

      Open only to students enrolled in the AuD program.

 

793 Audiology Externship. (3) Full-time,

12-month externship in an approved audio-logic facility under the joint supervision of the university audiology faculty and the externship site professional staff. Externship may be completed at one or more sites. Taken for three consecutive semesters.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

Open only to students enrolled in the AuD program.