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Students applying for admission to the graduate program in Speech and Hearing Sciences should have taken or be in the process of completing the following courses or their equivalent. All courses to fulfill program requirements must be completed for a letter grade. Completion of coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Core Coursework Requirement

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

HRS

PREREQUISITES

OFFERED

SPHR 370

Phonetics & Acoustics

4

None

Fall/Winter/Spring

SPHR 371

Anatomy and Physiology of Speech & Swallowing

4

None

Fall/Spring

SPHR 372

Speech & Language Development in Children

4

None

Fall/Spring

SPHR 380

Language Disorders in Children

4

SPHR 372

Fall/Winter

SPHR 464

Speech Disorders in Children

4

SPHR 370 & 372

Winter/Spring

SPHR 4/587

Basic Audiology

4

None

Fall/Winter

SPHR 4/588

Advanced Audiology

4

SPHR 487

Fall/Winter/Spring

SPHR 4/595

Organic Communication Disorders

4

None

Winter/Spring

SPHR 4/596

Introduction to Clinical Management

4

SPHR 370, 372, 380

(Co-req: 464, 495)

Fall/Spring

The following courses are not required for admittance into the graduate program but are required for the SLP master's degree and it is strongly recommended that they be taken as a post-baccalaureate student.

SPHR 4/561

Neurology of Speech and Hearing

4

None

Fall/Winter

SPHR 4/589

Aural Rehabilitation

4

SPHR 4/588

Fall/Spring

Statistics Requirement

Course work in statistics or equivalent research methodology is required in the PSU Speech and Hearing graduate program.  Many students have completed this requirement as part of their undergraduate degree.  Students who have not already completed this requirement can complete two terms of undergraduate statistics through the Department of Math and Statistics.  The following classes are examples of courses offered at PSU that may be completed to fulfill the statistics requirement.  Students may also fulfill this requirement at a community college. 

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term typically offered

 

MATH 243

Intro to Probability and Statistics I

4

Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer

MATH 244

Intro to Probability and Statistics II

4

Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer


 

Additional Coursework

  • SPHR 395 (Directed Clinical Assistantship; 2 credits) is an elective for post-bacc students, and is not required for admission to the graduate program or for the master's degree. It is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Pre-Requisite: SPHR 370 (recommended). Offered Fall/Winter/Spring.
  • ASL 101 (American Sign Language I; 4 credits) is required for students who plan to complete requirement for Educational Licensing in Oregon. Prerequisite: None. Offered Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer through the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures. 

Additional ASHA Certification Requirements

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.  For certification in speech-language pathology, ASHA requires that students have transcript credit (which includes course work, Advanced Placement courses, CLEP, or examination of equivalency) in each of the following areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences (specifically, a Physics or Chemistry course)
  • Social Behavioral Sciences
  • Math (The statistics courses listed above will satisfy the math requirement)

Many students will have completed coursework in these areas as part of their undergraduate degree.  If these courses have not been completed as part of an undergraduate degree, it is strongly recommended that students take them as a post-baccalaureate student before they begin a graduate program.  Many graduate programs in speech-language pathology require completion of these courses as additional prerequisites.

A post-baccalaureate advisor can help a student determine whether courses taken as an undergraduate fulfill the statistics and ASHA requirements.