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|The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology (AUSP) is a consortium program between the College of Education and Health Professions (CEHP) at UALR and the College of Health Professions (CHP) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The Department offers four degrees (i.e., B.S., M.S., Au.D., Ph.D.), one graduate certificate in Auditory Based Intervention (ABI), and a post-baccalaureate course sequence. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is offered though the CEHP at UALR. Students majoring in other disciplines may earn a minor in CSD. More information about the minor can be found at ualr.edu/cehp/csd.
The undergraduate degree provides the ‘pre-professional’ coursework needed to pursue graduate education in speech-language pathology. The B.S. in CSD is viewed as ‘pre-professional’, because an M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders is required to practice as a speech-language pathologist, and an Au.D., Doctor of Audiology, is required to practice as an audiologist.
Individuals who have earned an undergraduate degree in a field other than communication sciences and disorders, and are interested in a career in speech-language pathology, may enroll in the Post-baccalaureate course sequence also through CEHP at UALR. Students interested in enrolling in the B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders or the Post-baccalaureate course sequence are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Post baccalaureate students interested in audiology may be admitted directly into the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, but must take 6 hours of undergraduate coursework which will not count toward the Doctor of Audiology degree. Students with baccalaureate degrees in other areas, who are interested in pursuing audiology as a career can go to healthprofessions.uams.edu/programs/audandspeechpathology/doctor-of-audiology.
General Information and Program Requirements
B.S. and Post-Baccalaureate Course Sequence
Students interested in enrolling in the B.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or the Post-baccalaureate course sequence are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator In order to be admitted to the B.S. degree program, individuals must first have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.00 (includes all college coursework taken).
Major coursework begins at the junior level, during the fall semester, and includes 39 hours of didactic courses and 2 hours of clinical practicum courses. Seniors must have earned a minimum 3.00 GPA in major courses and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00 to enroll in clinical practicum. Only grades of C or greater are accepted in AUSP courses to fulfill requirements for the major. Students are allowed only two attempts to earn a grade of C or greater in the following courses: AUSP 3350, 3360, 3361 and 3364. Students unable to earn grades of at least a C in these four courses, after two enrollments, will be dropped from the major.
There is no minimum GPA required to enroll in the post-baccalaureate course sequence, but interested individuals must first meet with the Undergraduate Coordinator, as enrollment in major coursework in CSD is restricted. The post-baccalaureate course sequence requires 30 hours (10 courses); AUSP 3350, 3360, 3361, 3364, 4368 (fall) AUSP 3362, 3363, 3365, 4364, 4266 (spring). Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of CSD coursework at UALR to earn a B.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders through UALR.
Students majoring in another field may elect to complete a minor. The AUSP minor requires 18 hours and includes the following courses AUSP 2360, 3350, 3360, 3361, 3363, 4366. Students interested in completing a minor should contact the Undergraduate Coordinator.
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. Students earning a B.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, have the option of completing a minor or completing a minimum of 18 hours of AUSP Directed Electives (ualr.at/audspeech) or (ualr.edu/audiology). Directed Elective hours are courses that do not also count toward the UALR Core.
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 (35 hours)
Students majoring in another field may elect to complete a minor. The minor in Communication Science and Disorders requires 18 hours and includes the following courses AUSP 2360, 3350, 3360, 3361, 3363, 4366. Students interested in completing a minor should contact the Undergraduate Coordinator.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires specific science, statistics, and social science coursework prior to employment as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. B.S. degree and post-baccalaureate students are encouraged to complete these courses prior to beginning graduate school. Examples of these courses include: a biology course, a “basic” course in chemistry or physics, a social science statistics course, and a social science course (e.g., psychology, sociology). Please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator if you have questions about the ASHA coursework.
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
Unrestricted General Electives
Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.
Two graduate degrees and the graduate certificate are offered through the CHP at UAMS; these include the M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Au.D. Doctor of Audiology, and the graduate certificate in Auditory Based Intervention (ABI). The M.S. and Au.D. are accredited by the Council for on Academic Accreditation (CAA). All courses offered through the UALR and UAMS consortium program are offered on the UALR campus. The link to the graduate programs and the graduate certificate is healthprofessions.uams.edu/programs/audandspeechpathology/. A Ph.D. degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is offered through an expanded consortium between UALR, UAMS and the University of Central Arkansas; this degree program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Individuals interested in the Ph.D. degree program are referred to: healthprofessions.uams.edu/programs/audandspeechpathology/doctor-of-philosophy-communication-sciences-and-disorders/.
For graduate level course information, go to the UALR Graduate Catalog.