Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology

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Chairperson:
Guyette, Thomas W., Professor

Professor:
Gentry, Betholyn F.
Zraick, Richard I.

Associate Professors:
Atcherson, Samuel, R.
Kelly, Donna J.
Nicholson, Nannette
Smith-Olinde, Laura K.
Robinson, Gregory

Assistant Professors:
Franklin, Clifford
Franklin, Jennifer
Hutton, Terri J.
Shapley, Kathy

Advanced Instructors:
Highley, Patricia
Mahurin, Stacey L.
McWeeny, Beth

The undergraduate program in audiology and speech pathology is a pre-professional program following the guidelines of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The undergraduate curriculum by itself does not certify the student to work as a professional. The program offers the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, providing the pre-professional background needed to pursue graduate training, Arkansas Board of Examiner licensing, ASHA certification in speech-language pathology or audiology, and American Board of Audiology certification in audiology.

The department offers two clinical graduate degrees: a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Doctor of Audiology degree. Both clinical degrees are offered as part of a consortium with the College of Health Professions of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. These clinical graduate programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of ASHA.

General Information

Students considering careers in audiology and/or speech-language pathology should consult the Undergraduate Coordinator, for advisement early in their college career. Students enrolling in this major must complete a graduate program in audiology and/or speech-language pathology to practice in those fields. Students may, however, complete the pre-professional B.S. degree and choose to work or pursue advanced training in other professional fields of employment, including Special Education, Social Work or several others. Students with baccalaureate degrees in other areas who are interested in pursuing speech pathology as a career should see Dr. Betholyn Gentry. These post baccalaureate students will be required to take 30 hours of undergraduate courses before application to the graduate program is allowed. Students with baccalaureate degrees in other areas who are interested in pursuing audiology as a career should see Dr. Nannette Nicholson. These post baccalaureate students can be admitted directly into the Doctor of Audiology program but must take 6 hours of undergraduate courses, which will not count toward the Doctor of Audiology degree.

Students are required to achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all college coursework taken in order to be admitted to the program. Students must achieve and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the major and overall in order to enroll in practicum. Only grades of C or greater are accepted in AUSP courses to fulfill requirements for the major. Students will be allowed only two attempts to earn a grade of C or greater in the following courses:

    AUSP 3350 Phonetics
    AUSP 3360 Language and Speech Acquisition
    AUSP 3361 Speech Anatomy and Physiology
    AUSP 3364 Speech Science

or the department will drop them from the major. Undergraduate students transferring from another college or university into the department must meet department admission requirements. Degree-seeking transfer students must take at least 15 hours in the department.

Suggested minors include gerontology, human services, psychology, any of the sciences, sociology, speech communication, and sign language studies. However, students may complete any minor they choose to.

Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details.

Students must take:
    CHEM 1409 Chemistry and Society
    MATH 1321 College Algebra
    One biological science
    One behavioral science
    One social science

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (41 hours)

Note: See the following page for course descriptions and prerequisites.

    AUSP 2360 Introduction to Speech and Hearing Disorders
    AUSP 3350 Phonetics
    AUSP 3360 Language and Speech Acquisition
    AUSP 3361 Speech Anatomy and Physiology
    AUSP 3362 Hearing Science
    AUSP 3363 Disorders in Articulation
    AUSP 3364 Speech Science
    AUSP 3365 Clinical Management
    AUSP 4162 Practicum I
    AUSP 4163 Practicum II
    AUSP 4363 Voice and Stuttering Disorders
    AUSP 4364 Differential Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders
    AUSP 4366 Language Disorders
    AUSP 4368 Audiology
    AUSP 4369 Audiologic Rehabilitation
Electives (3 hours)
One statistics course from among the following:
    PSYC 2310 General Psychological Statistics
    SOCI 3381 Social Statistics
    STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

Minor (12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence.