The program requires a minimum of 47
graduate hours. Students choosing the thesis option can count up
to 6 credit hours of ASP 600V-Thesis toward the 47 graduate hour
minimum; those choosing the research project option can count up
to 3 credit hours of ASP 516V-Independent Research toward the 47
hour minimum. The nonthesis option requires students to complete
an independent research project. Students must pass comprehensive
examinations. A degree is awarded upon successful completion of
all academic and practicum requirements for the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School and of the American
Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Students are academically
qualified for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in either
audiology or speech-language pathology at graduation. More
specific information about program requirements can be secured by
contacting the UAMS Graduate School.
The first number
listed for courses is the UAMS Graduate School listing; the second
is the UALR listing.
supervised practicum experiences for graduate students that
encompass the full current scope of practice with both adults and
children from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Research or individual investigation for master’s level graduate
students. Credits earned may be applied toward meeting degree
requirements if the program approves and if a letter grade is
given. Repeated registration is permitted, but only 3 SC hours can
apply toward the 47 hour minimum requirement. Prerequisite: ASP
Topics in Speech-Language Pathology.
A seminar offered for special projects or topics
related to procedures and instrumentation, theoretical
foundations, assessment, clinical, or rehabilitative
speech-language pathology. May be repeated for additional credit
not to exceed 9 hours.
Research Methods in Communication Disorders.
Introduction to research methodologies
in audiology and speech pathology. Includes prospectus
development, funding sources, data collection, analysis, and
professional research writing and editing in communicative
disorders and/or speech sciences.
Organization and Administration.
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.
linguistic structure of language, nature, and forms of symbolic
behavior. Human uses of symbols from various groups and
socio-economic levels, particularly in communication.
Prerequisite: Courses in phonetics and normal language
Language Assessment and Therapy.
Acquisition of first language competence in relationship to
language behavior. Includes the phonological, morphological,
syntactical, and semantic components of language. Language
deviations—emphasis on symptomology, etiology, evaluation, and
therapy. Language testing and therapy explored in the second half
of the course.
Auditory Based Speech/Language
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 developmental
sequence of listening skills, assessment of skills obtained
within the hierarchy, and intervention aimed at teaching skills
not yet acquired. Auditory based intervention for infants and
toddlers requires family participation; therefore, learning
styles of parents and caregivers will be discussed.
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
Procedures, theories, and therapeutic techniques in the treatment
of various types and degrees of stuttering and cluttering in
adults and children.
Neurogenic Language Disorders.
Assessment procedures and intervention techniques
for acquired neurogenic language disorders in adults. Covers
language disorders secondary to cerebrovascular accident,
traumatic brain injury, and dementia.
Advanced Articulation Disorders.
Advanced study of functional and organic articulation
disorders, variables related to articulation, assessment and
diagnosis of articulation disorders, and therapeutic procedures.
Neurogenic Speech Disorders.
Assessment procedures and intervention techniques for acquired
neurogenic speech disorders in adults, especially dysarthria and
Craniofacial Speech Disorders.
Provides an understanding of the speech disorders
often associated with craniofacial differences. Information
presented on 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 will be emphasized.
Voice Disorders. Assessment
procedures and rehabilitative techniques for voice disorders in
children and adults. Instrumental and behavioral approaches, as
well as medical and/or surgical treatment approaches. A team
approach to care will be emphasized.
Communicative Disorders. Systematic analysis cultural
similarities and differences. Examine cultural differences, verbal
and nonverbal, in the clinical setting.
Learning Disabilities. An
introduction to the characteristics, definitions, etiologies,
assessment and therapeutic procedures in the treatment of children
diagnosed with learning disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on
the scope of practice for speech-language pathologists and
audiologists in the due process procedure for these children.
Development-Assessment. Investigates prelinguistic/early
linguistic communication and feeding/swallowing development.
Multidisciplinary assessment and intervention for infants and
toddlers (birth to five) with special needs and their families
addressed. Includes 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.
Dysphagia. Examines 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, as well as
current management and treatment options.
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
for Speech. Investigates the anatomy and physiology of speech
and language. Topics include respiration, phonation, articulation,
and neurological control of speech and language, and embryological
development of the speech structures.
Augmentative and Alternative
Communication. Theory, design, and organization of nonverbal
communication systems. Emphasis on considerations for choosing
specific devices for particular clients. Includes manual, graphic,
electronic, and mechanical systems.
Advanced Differential Diagnosis
of Speech and Language Disorders. Advanced study in
differential diagnosis of speech and language disorders of
children and adults. Proficiency in the use and interpretation of
standardized assessment procedures. Prerequisite: an
under-graduate course in diagnostic methods or its equivalent.
Independent Study in
Communication Disorders. Prerequisites: Consent of the
instructor. Directed readings in audiology and/or speech-lanaguage
pathology, individual discussion with a faculty member. May be
repeated for up to six (6) hours of credit. Offered as needed.
Thesis. Thesis students must
register for a total of 6 semester hours; 1 to 6 hours per
semester. Prerequisite: ASP 5013.