Courses

Introduction to Communication Disorders (SPA 4002) 3 credits
Survey course in communication disorders across the lifespan. Study of normal and disordered speech, language, and hearing.
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (SPA 4101) 3 credits
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, auditory system, and head and neck related to the production of speech and hearing.
Clinical Practicum in Speech/Language Pathology (SPA 6505) 1-4 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Supervised field experience and opportunity to demonstrate competencies in evaluation, diagnosis, and remediation of children and adults with varieties of communication disorders
Professional Practice and Program Organization (SPA 6006) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Practice of speech/language pathology in terms of nature, scope, ethics, and exploration of organizational structure of variety of programs with emphasis on settings in which the preschool and school age population are found.
Voice and Velopharyngeal Disorders (SPA 6211) 3 credits
Prerequisites: SPA 4002, SPA 4011, SPA 4101, and permission of instructor
The normal anatomy and physiology of the phonatory system will be used as a framework for discussing the development and perpetuation of voice disorders. Appropriate diagnosis and remediation will be emphasized, including the use of alternative/augmentative communication in the management of voice disorders to reflect the growing use of AAC in the field.
Dysphagia (SPA 6565) 3 credits
Prerequisites: SPA 4002, SPA 4011, SPA 4101, SPA 4104, and LIN 4710
Course provides students with an understanding of anatomy and physiology of the oral and pharyngeal stages of deglutition and disorders of swallowing. Students develop skills in the evaluation and management of swallowing disorders in children and adults.
Motor Speech Disorders and Augmentative Communication (SPA 6230) 3 credits
Prerequisites: SPA 4002, SPA 4011, SPA 4101, SPA 4104, and permission of instructor
The etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of speech disorders resulting from neurological diseases and injuries, including TBI and cerebral palsy. Study of augmentative communication technology.
Directed Independent Study (SPA 6905) 3 credits
Directed Research (SPA 6910) 3 credits