Graduate Courses

SLP 520 Seminar in Clinical Intervention: Cultural Diversity
The relationship between communication, culture, and effective clinical intervention will be discussed. The course covers fundamental concepts in client-clinician interaction, the clinical process and clinical vocabulary. A family-centered apprach to effective intervention will be emphasized. 2 credits

SLP 521 Seminar: Professional Ethics and Issues
This seminar will allow students to explore issues relevant to the current practice of Speech-Language Pathology. Professional commitment, ethics, credentialing, scope of practice and legislation will be discussed. 2 credits

SLP 525 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
The anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism will be studied. Emphasis will be on the physiological aspects of speech production and the manner in which disease may influence speech production. 3 credits

SLP 526 Voice Disorders
Prerequisite: SLP 525 or equivalent
This course will review the anatomy and physiology of voice and voice production and examine the classification, etiology, evaluation and therapeutic management of voice disorders across the life span, including alaryngeal rehabilitation. 3 credits

SLP 527 Diagnosis in Communication Disorders
Prerequisite: Completion of 25 observation hours
Psychometric principles and practices in the assessment of populations with communication impairments will be studied. Content will include assessment of diverse populations (e.g. non-verbal, culturally diverse, preschool and school-age children and adults). Diagnostic principles and procedures including interviewing, testing and report writing are emphasized. Clinical practicum in assessment should be taken simultaneously or following this course. 2 credits

SLP 528 Neurological Bases of Communication
This course is designed to examine the neuroanatomy, its physiology and pathological speech/language/hearing specific disorders. 3 credit

SLP 530 Audiology
Disorders of hearing and hearing assessment will be examined. Students are required to participate in pure tone testing, speech audiometry and tympanometry. Evaluation of test results as well as types and causes of hearing problems will be discussed. 3 credits

SLP 531 Seminar: Clinical Instrumentation in Communication Disorders
This course will explore the various ways in which clinical instrumentation can facilitate evaluation and intervention of communicative impairments.  Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to use instrumentation during intervention. 1 credit

SLP 535 Aural Rehabilitation
This course will examine hearing impairments and the issues surrounding intervention by a speech-language pathologist with adults and children. Current research in aural-oral rehabilitation will be reviewed and students will examine the use of amplification, auditory training, speech reading, speech and language intervention and assistive listening devices. 3 credits

SLP536 Communication Modalities
Students will study the various communicative modalities that can be used with the deaf and populations who are unable to use spoken language. This overview course will expose students to American Sign Language, signed American English, Cued Speech and Total Communication. 2 credits

SLP 540 Motor Speech Disorders
Prerequisite: SLP 525 or equivalent
This course will review the anatomical and physiological requisites of speech production. Motor deficits resulting in feeding problems, dysphagia, apraxia and dysarthria will be discussed. 3 credits

SLP 541 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
This course will familiarize graduate students with a variety of methods for augmenting spoken communication. Electronic devices used for providing an alternate means of communication to individuals will also be introduced. Issues regarding communication and quality of life will be discussed. 3 credits

SLP 545 Dysphagia
This course will present the anatomy and physiology of normal and disordered oral feeding and swallowing throughout the life-span. Emphasis will be on physical, cognitive and behavioral issues related to the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of dysphagia. Current research in the evaluation and treatment of oral feeding and swallowing disorders in a variety of profesisonal settings will be discussed. Instrumental assessment including modified barium swallow studies and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing will be introduced. Issues regarding the impact of feeding and swallowing disorders on quality of life will be discussed. 3 credits

SLP 550 Research Methods in Communication Disorders
Methods of research in communication disorders will be examined. Students will critically review current research and prepare a proposal for an independent research project. 3 credits

SLP 570 Language Disorders in Children
This course is designed to examine the etiology, assessment and treatment of language impairments in children. A review of the theories of language development will be done. Special emphasis will be placed on family-centered intervention. Field experience may be required. 3 credits

SLP 580 Speech and Phonological Disorders in Children
This course will explore the etiology, assessment and treatment of articulatory, phonological, and fluency disorders in children. Field experience may be required.

 SLP 582 Fluency
This course provides a comprehensive study of fluency and fluency disorders. The course is designed to examine theories of dysfluency, development of normal speech fluency, fluency disorders and an overview of methods of intervention. 3 credits

SLP 585 Acquired Neurogenic Disorders
Prerequisite or Corequisite: SLP 528 or equivalent
This course will examine acquired neurogenic disorders including Broca's aphasia. Wernicke's aphasia, transcortical sensory aphasia, transcortical motor aphasia, conduction aphasia, alexia and agraphia. Recent research and treatment techniques will be discussed. Case studies will be presented emphasizing the etiology, assessment and treatment of language impairments in adults. Field experience may be required. 3 credits

SLP 589 Psycholinguistic Models of Cognition and Communication
Students will explore the psycholinguistic models used to understand cognition and the relation of those models to written and spoken communication.
3 credits

SLP 590 Clinical Practicum in Assessment
Prerequisite: 25 observation hours
This supervised clinical practicum offers graduate students hands-on experience in screening and the evaluation of children and adults with communication disorders. 1 credit

SLP 592 Clinical Practicum I
Prerequisite: 25 observation hours, SLP 590
This practicum course is designed to provide instruction and practical experience in diagnostic and therapeutic appoaches to communication impairments in children, youth and/or adults. 2 credits

SLP 593 Clinical Practicum II
Prerequisite: SLP 592
This practicum course is designed to provide instruction and experience in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to communication impairments in children and youth.  This practicum may take place in an educational setting or in an external facility that serves children. 1 credit

SLP 595 Clinical Practicum III
Prerequisite: SLP 593
This practicum course is designed to provide instruction and practical experience in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to communication impairments in children, youths, or adults served in a health related setting. 1 credit