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Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders

(With the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Central Arkansas)

The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in consortium with the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the College of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of Central Arkansas. The Arkansas Consortium for the Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders combines the academic and clinical resources of a major medical sciences campus with those of two large, comprehensive universities. The curriculum is designed to emphasize the science of speech, language, and hearing, the acquisition of knowledge through research about human communicative disorders, and the advanced study and practice of methods for evaluation and treatment of those disorders. This unique curriculum recognizes the importance of teaching and supervision pedagogy consistent with best practices.

The consortium structure offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary research in both medically-oriented sites and in conventional university campus locations. The program prepares graduates for teaching and research through course work and internships in grant writing, teaching, and clinical supervision as well as research- and discipline-specific areas of study.

Admission Requirements

The consortium accepts applications for admission to the program for both full- and part-time students. Students may apply and be admitted to the Ph.D. program each semester but fall application is encouraged. Students enrolled in the consortium program full time must enroll in at least nine semester credit hours during the fall or spring semesters. Full time requirements for summer vary depending upon financial aid status. Part time students must enroll in a minimum of five semester credit hours each semester. Admission to the program is made by application through the UAMS Graduate School and a program application. A graduate degree in speech-language pathology and/or audiology is preferred. Admission to the Ph.D. program is competitive and based on the following factors:

  • Academic achievement and aptitude
  • Written and oral communication
  • Personal endorsement

Complete admission requirements and processes are located on the program website.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 70 credits of specified course work is required by individuals who currently hold a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. Within the 70 hour requirement, students complete a minimum of:

  • 9 hours of statistics
  • 3 hours of advanced research methods
  • 6 hours of a research project (pre-dissertation)
  • 18 hours in doctoral dissertation research
  • 18 hours of doctoral seminars
  • 10 hours of professional development
  • 6 hours of collateral coursework

The Ph.D. will be awarded to those candidates who successfully complete all required course work (including any additional courses deemed necessary by the candidate’s graduate committee). The semester and year of course offerings vary based on student need. The curriculum emphasizes the development of research skills and advanced study of communication sciences and disorders. Students must pass a comprehensive examination and successfully defend their dissertations. Degrees are awarded upon successful completion of all academic and research requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of an approved program of study as outlined above
  • Successful completion of comprehensive examinations
  • Successful completion of the dissertation and dissertation defense

Courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders

AUSP 8109 Grant Writing Internship

This course involves the development, completion and submission of a grant proposal to a private or public funding agency. UAMS-ASP 6091; UCA-SPTH 7110.

AUSP 8111-8211 Supervision Internship

This course provides doctoral students with supervised experience in clinical supervision/instruction. UAMS-ASP 611V; UCA-SPTH 7102-7602.

AUSP 8123-8223 Teaching Internship

This course provides doctoral students with supervised experience in academic instruction. UAMS ASP 610 This course will engage students in discussions of multicultural and linguistic variables that must be recognized and applied in teaching, research, and clinical supervision in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. UAMS ASP 610 This course will engage students in discussions of multicultural and linguistic variables that must be recognized and applied in teaching, research, and clinical supervision in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. UAMS ASP 610V; UCA SPTH 7101-7601.

AUSP 8131-8631 Research Project

This course covers skills necessary to complete a research project consisting of research questions, review of the literature, methodology, IRB approval, data collection, analysis of data, and written report. UAMS ASP 604V; UCA SPTH 7103-7603.

AUSP 8205 Grant Writing Pedagogy

This course covers strategies for identifying funding agencies appropriate for research and special programs. Techniques for writing grant proposals for both private and public funding will be emphasized. UAMS-ASP 6052; UCA-SPTH 7210.

AUSP 8206 Supervision Pedagogy

Exploration of the art and science of clinical teaching, supervision of clinical services, management of clinical programs, and instruction in communication disorders. Specific emphases will target clinical problem solving, maximizing student and client feedback, supervisory conferencing, evaluating student and client performance, clinical scheduling/record keeping, and clinical and program efficacy. UAMS ASP 6062; UCA-SPTH 7220.

AUSP 8207 Teaching Pedagogy

Principles and practices of course development and teaching skills in communication sciences and disorders. Emphases on understanding and integrating course content, targeted levels of learning, specific objectives, instructional strategies, and assessment. Additional topics include: motivating students, attributes of good teaching, professional development in teaching, distance education, and team/interdisciplinary teaching. UAMS-ASP 6072; UCA-SPTH 7230.

AUSP 8301 Doctoral Seminar in Hearing

The exploration of research and practice related to hearing science and hearing disorders. Course reflects recent developments in the literature and interests of participants. Topics may include: the anatomical basis of hearing science, acoustics and instrumentation, psychoacoustics, physiological acoustics, evaluation of hearing, hearing conservation, amplification, and aural habilitation and rehabilitation. May be repeated for 15 hours. UAMS ASP 6013; UCA SPTH 7310.

AUSP 8302 Doctoral Seminar in Speech

The exploration and evaluation of research, practice, and echnology related to speech development and disorders. Course reflects recent developments in literature and interests of participants. Topics may include: motor speech disorders, speech science, physiological and neurophysiological bases of speech production, voice, dysphagia, fluency, articulation, craniofacial anomalies, gerontology, AAC, multicultural issues. May be repeated for 15 hours. UAMS ASP 6023; UCA SPTH 7330.

AUSP 8303 Doctoral Seminar in Language

The exploration and evaluation of current research, practice, and technology related to language development and disorders. Course reflects recent developments in the literature and specific interest of participants. Topics may include: developmental disorders, neurophysiological bases of language and communication, neurogenic cognitive-linguistic disorders, phonology, AAC, multicultural issues, gerontology. May be repeated for 15 hours.

AUSP 8304 Advanced Research Methods

Theory, principals and practices of research design in communication sciences and disorders. Emphases on methodology of collecting, organizing, analyzing and presenting qualitative and quantitative data. Topics will include: research questions and problems, literature and background review, research design, data organization and manipulation, scientific writing, and the publication and presentation process. UAMS-ASP 6003; UCA-SPTH 7300.

AUSP 8343 Multicultural Issues

This course will engage students in discussions of multicultural and linguistic variables that must be recognized and applied in teaching, research, and clinical supervision in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. UAMS course UAMS ASP 6083; UCA SPTH 7321.

AUSP 9199-9999 Dissertation

An original research project is completed by the student in collaboration with the dissertation advisor and committee. The student must be able to successfully complete an oral defense to the dissertation committee. Students must continue to enroll in this course until all related requirements are completed. UAMS ASP 700V; UCA SPTH 8150-8950.

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