Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program prepares students for professional positions in hospital clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, residential institutions, private practices, and other settings working with persons with disorders of cognition, hearing, speech, receptive and expressive language, pragmatics, literacy, voice, swallowing, and fluency. The track currently offered is in speech language pathology. The curriculum emphasizes the speech, language, and hearing processes; knowledge about human communicative disorders; and evaluation and treatment methods. Practicum experiences are available in the departmental speech and hearing clinic and at a wide variety of area sites. Professional speech-language pathologists may, with the instructors’ consent, take program courses for continuing education units. For more information, visit the program’s website.

The UALR Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology conducts this Master of Science program in consortium with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The program has strong clinical support from the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, and other cooperating clinics and agencies in the Little Rock area. The program is accredited in the area of speech pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Department is also a sponsor for ASHA continuing education credits.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is through the UAMS College of Health Professions and requires a baccalaureate degree in Speech Pathology from an accredited institution. Students whose degrees are not in communicative disorders or speech pathology must complete a sequence of 30 hours of pre-professional communicative disorders courses before admission to the graduate program. Complete admission information is available from the Admissions Committee chairperson in the UALR Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology or by visiting the UAMS College of Health Professions website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders requires a minimum of 49 semester credit hours. Within this 49-hour requirement, students complete either 3 hours of independent research or six hours of thesis. Speech-language pathology students are enrolled in a practicum each semester of the program. All students must pass a comprehensive examination during before graduating from the program. All students must complete the academic and practicum requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of an approved program of study as outlined above, including a passing score on the comprehensive examination
  • Successful completion of academic and supervised practicum requirements for Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology

Courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders

 

AUSP 7092 Independent Research
Prerequisite: AUSP 7360 Research. Three hours may be applied toward degree requirements if approved and a letter grade is given. Repeated registration is permitted though additional hours may not be applied to the total semester credit hours needed to complete the degree UAMS course ASP 536V.

AUSP 7093 Topics in Speech Language Pathology
Special projects or topics related to procedures and instrumentation, theoretical foundations, assessment, clinical or rehabilitative speech-language pathology. May be repeated for up to nine hours. UAMS course ASP 513V.

AUSP 7091 Practicum
Applied supervised practicum experiences for graduate students that encompass the breadth of the current scope of practice with both adults and children. UAMS course ASP 540V.

AUSP 7193 Independent Study in Communication Disorders
Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor. Directed readings in audiology and/or speech/language pathology, individual discussion with a faculty member. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit. Offered as needed. UAMS course ASP 530V.

AUSP 7261 Organization and Administration of Clinical Programs
Organization, administration, and accreditation of school, university, and community programs. Private practice and billing procedures. Various and alternative career opportunities including corporate speech pathology practice. Issues related to Medicaid, Medicare, and other third party payors as well as current legislation, governmental, and professional practice issues. UAMS course ASP 5152.

AUSP 7261 Organization and Administration of Clinical Programs
Organization, administration, and accreditation of school, university, and community programs. Private practice and billing procedures. Various and alternative career opportunities including corporate speech pathology practice. Issues related to Medicaid, Medicare, and other third party payers as well as current legislation, governmental, and professional practice issues. UAMS course ASP 5152.

AUSP 7270 Fluency Disorders
Procedures, theories, and therapeutic techniques in treating various types and degrees of stuttering and cluttering in adults and children. UAMS course SAP 5122.

AUSP 7273 Neurogenic Speech Disorders
Assessment procedures and intervention techniques for acquired neurogenic speech disorders in adults. Focus on dysarthria and verbal apraxia. UAMS course ASP 5192.

AUSP 7275 Craniofacial Speech Disorders
An understanding of speech disorders often associated with craniofacial differences. Craniofacial development, relevant anatomy and physiology, as well as procedures for evaluation (both behavioral and instrumental) and treatment of craniofacial speech disorders. A team approach to care is emphasized. UAMS course ASP 5262.

AUSP 7276 Voice Disorders
Assessment procedures and rehabilitation techniques for voice disorders in children and adults. Instrumental and behavioral approaches, medical, and/or surgical treatment approaches. A team approach to care is emphasized. UAMS course ASP 5363.

AUSP 7282 Learning Disabilities
Introduction to the characteristics, definitions, etiologies, assessment, and therapeutic procedures in the treatment of children diagnosed with learning disabilities. Emphasis on the scope of practice for speech-language pathologist and audiologists in the due process procedures for these children. UAMS course ASP 5282.

AUSP 7320 Auditory-based Speech/Language Intervention
Auditory-based speech and language intervention with infants and toddlers who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Emphasis is on the principles of the normal development sequence of listening skills, assessment of skills obtained within the hierarchy, and intervention aimed at teaching skills not yet acquired. Auditory-based intervention of infants and toddlers requires family participation; therefore, learning styles of parents and caregivers will be discussed. UAMS course ASP 5163.

AUSP 7360 Research Methods in Communication Disorders
Research methodologies in audiology, speech-language pathology. Includes prospectus development, funding sources, data collection, data analysis, professional research writing and editing. UAMS course ASP 5013.

AUSP 7364 Language Assessment and Therapy
Acquisition of first-language competence as related to language behavior. Includes the phonological, morphological, syntactical, and semantic components of language, Language deviation-emphasis on symptomology, etiology, evaluation, therapy. UAMS course ASP 5113.

AUSP 7365 Counseling in Communication Disorders
Principles of counseling for working with persons with communication disorders and their families throughout the lifespan. Students review major theories of counseling and select those most useful for the various settings and practices of audiology and speech pathology. Students demonstrate their understanding of the counseling process through case presentations.

AUSP 7367 Infant-Toddler Communication: Development and Assessment
Investigation of prelinguistic/early linguistic communication and feeding/swallowing development. Exploration of methods of multidisciplinary assessment and intervention for infants and toddlers (birth to five) with special needs and their families, current formal and informal assessment tools and techniques, current intervention strategies, enhancing the therapeutic process across environments, utilizing team collaboration and facilitating parent-infant interaction. UAMS course ASP 5133.

AUSP 7368 Dysphagia
Examination of normal oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal swallowing function in adults and children, including neurology, physiology, and the effects of aging. Swallowing disorders discussed, with an emphasis on oral and pharyngeal function. Various methods of evaluation considered, as well as current management and treatment options. UAMS course ASP 5213.

AUSP 7270 Fluency Disorders
Procedures, theories, and therapeutic techniques in treating various types and degrees of stuttering and cluttering in adults and children. UAMS course ASP 5122. Assessment procedures and intervention techniques for acquired neurogenic language disorders in adults. Covers language disorders secondary to cerebrovascular accident, traumatic brain injury and dementia. UAMS course ASP 5093.

AUSP 7372 Advanced Articulation Disorders
Functional, organic articulation disorders. Includes variables related to articulation, assessment, diagnosis of articulation disorders; therapeutic habilitation procedures with clients exhibiting misarticulations. UAMS course ASP 5183.

AUSP 7374 Introduction to Auditory-Based Intervention
The role of audition in early language development to support reading outcomes. Emphasis is on establishing a rich linguistic environment at home and at school to facilitate emergent literacy.

AUSP 7385 Audiologic Rehabilitation: Children
Audiometric evaluation procedures and the habilitation/rehabilitation of infants and children with hearing loss. Emphasis is placed on the determination of appropriate remediation, language, and speech therapy, auditory training, and counseling parents for home programming.

AUSP 7386 Aural Rehabilitation: Adults
Principles of audiologic rehabilitation for adults, including diagnosis, counseling, use of amplification and other assistive devices, and communication strategies. Various models of audiologic rehabilitation presented. UAMS course ASP 5243.

AUSP 7392 Multicultural Issues
Systematic analysis cultural similarities and differences. Examine verbal and nonverbal cultural differences in the clinical setting. UAMS course ASP 5293.

AUSP 7396 Advanced Differential Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders
Comparative study in differential diagnosis of speech, language disorders in children and adults. Use and interpretation of standardized assessment procedures. UAMS course ASP 5273.

AUSP 8000 Thesis
Prerequisites: AUSP 7360. Students must take six hours total, one to six hours per semester. UAMS course ASP 600V.