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Department of Speech-Language Pathology

 

Undergraduate Program

The Speech-Language Pathology Program requires a scientific knowledge base for good decision making skills. Students are required to earn at least a C in all courses in the major area, in English Composition (EN 101 and EN 102), and in all mathematics and science courses. A course may only be repeated once to improve the grade. See "Academic Program Requirements" in the Undergraduate Bulletin for further information concerning General Education Curriculum and general degree requirements.

The undergraduate program in speech-language pathology is considered pre-professional: that is, a student must complete a master's degree program and certain other requirements to be qualified for independent professional practice in any setting.

 

Progression Policy:

A cumulative overall grade point average of 2.75 is required for progression to 300 and 400-level classes in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition, a grade of C is required in each Speech-Language Pathology course including those at the 200-level prior to progression in the program. In the event a student earns a grade lower than a C in any class which is a prerequisite for another class, he/she will be unable to enroll in the higher level class.  A course in Speech-Language Pathology may be repeated only once. If a student does not obtain a grade of C or better in a course when it is repeated, the student may not progress in the program.  Only two speech-language pathology courses may be repeated.

The following is only one source of information regarding a student's program of study in seeking the B.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Students should always meet with a faculty advisor for information on course scheduling, rotation, and selection and for planning an effective and efficient program of study.

 

Sample Curriculum

The following is for general information purposes and may change from year-to-year. Please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for the latest program requirements.

FRESHMAN YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

EN 101 - English Composition I - 3 hours
Natural Science w/ Lab - 4 Hours
MA 113 or Higher (excluding MA 123) - 3 Hours
Humanities & Fine Arts - 3 Hours
Health Related - 1 Hour
UN 101 Freshman Seminar - 1 Hour

Total - 15 Hours

FRESHMAN YEAR - SECOND SEMESTER

EN 102 - English Composition II - 3 Hours
Natural Science w/ Lab - 4 Hours
COM 101 Oral Communication - 3 Hours
Humanities & Fine Arts - 3 Hours
Social Science - 3 Hours

Total - 16 Hours

SOPHOMORE YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

Science or Math - 3 or 4 Hours
Humanities & Fine Arts - 3 Hours
Critical Thinking - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours

Total - 15/16 Hours

SOPHOMORE YEAR - SECOND SEMESTER

Science or Math - 3 or 4 Hours
Humanities & Fine Arts - 3 Hours
MA 123 Statistics - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours

Total - 15/16 Hours

JUNIOR YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

SPA 200* Survey of Communication Disorders - 3 Hours
SPA 201 Phonetics - 3 Hours
SPA 209 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours

Total - 15 Hours

*Students enrolled at MUW during fall of their sophomore year may begin SPA course sequence with SPA 200 and/or during the spring of their sophomore year take SPA 210.

JUNIOR YEAR - SECOND SEMESTER

SPA 210 The Development of Normal Speech and Language - 3 Hours
SPA 313
Speech and Hearing Science - 3 Hours
SPA 321
Principles of Therapy: Articulation - 3 hours
Elective - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours

Total - 15 Hours

SENIOR YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

SPA 303 Introduction to Audiology - 3 Hours
SPA 308
Language Disorders in Children and Their Treatment - 3 Hours
SPA 311
Basic Clinical Strategies in Speech-Language Pathology - 3 Hours
SPA 411
Basic Diagnostic Procedures - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours

Total - 15 Hours

SENIOR YEAR - SECOND SEMESTER

SPA 350 Program Planning in Speech-Language Pathology - 3 Hours
SPA 403
Strategies in Therapy for the Hearing Impaired - 3 Hours
SPA 449
Neurology - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours
Elective - 3 Hours

General Minor (Required)

Students may minor in business, psychology, family studies, or any other approved curriculum.

Total hours required for a B.S. Degree in Speech-Language Pathology: 124 Semester Hours

Note(s):

*At least one course in biology and at least one course in a physical science are required.

 See Undergraduate Curriculum Worksheet for more information.

 


 

Course Rotation Schedule

All undergraduate courses in speech-language pathology are offered one time per year.

 

Courses taught in the Fall Semester:

SPA 200* Survey of Communication Disorders - 3 Hours
SPA 201 Phonetics - 3 Hours
SPA 209 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism - 3 Hours
SPA 303 Introduction to Audiology - 3 Hours
SPA 308
Language Disorders in Children and Their Treatment - 3 Hours
SPA 311
Basic Clinical Strategies in Speech-Language Pathology - 3 Hours
SPA 411 Basic Diagnostic Procedures - 3 Hours

 

Courses taught in the Spring Semester:

SPA 210 The Development of Normal Speech and Language - 3 Hours
SPA 313
Speech and Hearing Science - 3 Hours
SPA 321
Principles of Therapy: Articulation - 3 hours
SPA 403 Strategies in Therapy for the Hearing Impaired - 3 Hours
SPA 449
Neurology - 3 Hours

For more information regarding prerequisites for graduate study see the Prerequisite Courses Brochure.

 


 

Undergraduate Clinical Practicum

 

Admission to Clinical Practicum:

Students seeking admission to Clinical Practicum must submit documentation of the following to the Undergraduate Practicum Coordinator no later than October 15 for Spring Semester, or February 15 for Fall (or Summer Semester admission when applicable):

  1. an application for admission to Clinical Practicum.
  2. a curriculum check sheet and tentative schedule.
  3. documentation of the completion of all core (major and university) courses, except SPA 403 and 449.
  4. documentation of a minimum grade of B in each of the major courses. Course may be repeated only once.
  5. documentation of a 2.5 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in professional courses.
  6. documentation of 20 clock hours of observation.
  7. documentation of the student's certification in CPR.
  8. documentation of the completion or current enrollment in SPA 403 to receive credit for aural rehabilitation hours.

 

Transportation:

Students are responsible for supplying and paying for their own transportation to practicum sites.

 

Insurance:

All students enrolled in clinical practicum must purchase professional liability insurance.

 

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