SPA Curriculum

OVERALL REQUIREMENTS:

  • 44-48 General Study Credits
  • 44 SPA Required Credits (Marked with *)
  • 15 SPA Elective Credits
  • 13 Preferred Elective Credits
  • 120 Total Credits Required to Graduate (40 hours upper level)
  • 3.0 GPA Overall

PRE-SPA: FIRST YEAR COURSES

Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
*SPA 151Survey of Communication Disorders3 Credits

PRE-SPA: SECOND YEAR COURSES

Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
*SPA 150Phonetics3 Credits
*SPA 152Introduction to Acoustics3 Credits
*SPA 156Anatomy of Speech and Hearing4 Credits

 

APPLY TO B.S. DEGREE PROGRAM IN SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY:

To be considered for admission, the applicant must:

  1. Submit a completed Speech Pathology & Audiology Program application form by January 21st, no exceptions.
  2. Demonstrate scholastic competence as demonstrated by:
    1. A minimum overall G.P.A of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
    2. “C” or higher letter grade in all introductory SPA courses (150, 151, 152, 156)
    3. Completion of general studies requirements
  3. Demonstrate professional attitudes, writing, and communication skills as evidenced by:
    1. Letter of intent
    2. Two letters of recommendation: One professional/academic reference and one personal reference
  4. Background check with “unremarkable” findings and a drug screen with “clean” results
  5. All requirements will have a formal review completed by Speech Pathology & Audiology Admissions Committee

B.S. SPA: THIRD YEAR COURSES

Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
*SPA 250Language Development3 Credits
*SPA 251Intro to Clinical Practice: Audiology3 Credits
*SPA 252Sign Language I3 Credits
*SPA 254Articulation and Phonological Disorders3 Credits
*SPA 255Speech Science3 Credits
*SPA 316Language Disorders: Children & Adolescents3 Credits
SPA 352Sign Language II3 Credits
SPA 355Aural Rehabilitation3 Credits
*SPA 368SPA Junior Seminar3 Credits
SPA 400Observation in Communication Disorders3 Credits

 

B.S. SPA: FOURTH YEAR COURSES

Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
*SPA 300Neuroanatomy-Neurophysiology Speech & Hearing3 Credits
*SPA 308Voice and Fluency Disorders3 Credits
SPA 310Communication Problems of the Aged3 Credits
SPA 325Dysphagia3 Credits
SPA 354Audiometry and Hearing Disorders3 Credits
SPA 403Clinical Practicum Communication Disorders: Schools3 Credits
SPA 430Assessment and Management of Communication Disorders3 Credits
SPA 452Advanced Sign Language3 Credits
*SPA 468SPA Capstone3 Credits
SPA 478Special Topics3 Credits
SPA 479Special Problems3 Credits

SPEECH PATHOLOGY & AUDIOLOGY MINOR REQUIREMENTS

SPA Minor Course Curriculum

Per the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) 2020 Standard IV-B– Students must demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span. Required in field courses to minor in SPA include:

Required Courses:

  1. SPA 150:  Phonetics/Phonology (3 hours)
  2. SPA 151:  Survey of Communication Disorders (3 hours)
  3. SPA 152:  Introduction to Acoustics (3 hours)
  4. SPA 156:  Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (4 hours)
  5. SPA 250:  Language Development (3 hours)
  6. SPA 251: Introduction to Clinical Practice Audiology (3 hours)

 

 Choose one SPA preferred elective course from the following: 

  1. SPA 255:  Speech Science
  2. SPA 316:  Language Disorders: Children and Adolescents. (3 hours)
  3. SPA 310:  Communication Problems of the Aged (3 hours)
  4. SPA 400:  SPA Student Observation in Communication Disorders (3 hours)
  5. SPA 430:  Assessment & Management of Communication Disorders (3 hours)

 

*Total:  22 hours

*Note:  If student plans to further their education in a graduate program for speech-language pathology, audiology, and/or any other field of communication sciences and disorders, they must complete the following required general studies courses.

General Studies Curriculum
Per the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) 2020 Standard IV-A, the following general education courses are required for a minor in SPA: 

  1. Physical Science (preferably chemistry) 
  2. Statistics
  3. Biology Science
  4. Social/Behavioral Science