Curriculum

The Department of Audiology & Speech pathology offers a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. Students who graduate from our program meet both the academic and practicum requirements for clinical certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Speech Pathology program typically requires at least five semesters of study for full-time students with undergraduate preparation in the discipline and eight semesters of study for full-time students who hold bachelor's degrees in other areas. For this reason, most applicants with an undergraduate background in speech pathology will begin the program in year two. Part-time students are accepted into the MS-SLP program on occasion and time to completion of the program is dependent on their schedules and availability of needed courses and clinical practicum experiences. In order to earn a M.S. in SLP, satisfactory completion of a minimum of 75 hours in academic coursework and a minimum of 15 hours in clinical practicum are required. (Up to 30 hours of requirements may be waived on the basis of knowledge and skills gained at the undergraduate level or prior to enrollment.)

Academic courses beyond the first 30 hours (Year One) that are required for all students include: ASP 506, ASP 514, ASP 518, ASP 519, ASP 520, ASP 526, ASP 539, ASP 541, ASP 552, ASP 553, ASP 554, ASP 561, ASP 582, and 3 different sections of 590, one of which must be ASP 590 Professional Series: Counseling.

The MS-SLP curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for students to focus on certain areas through the use of elective options focusing on SLP in schools, Medical SLP and/or Aural Rehabilitation. There also is opportunity to complete a thesis in lieu of certain elective courses. In general, courses are offered one time per calendar year. Descriptions of the coursework can be found in the UTHSC graduate catalog,  PDF icon pages 41 - 46.

Sample Course Schedule for M.S. SLP Student

*Based on coursework taken prior to enrollment, the 1st full year of coursework may be waived.

First Year (Fall)Semester Hours
ASP 303 Intro to Hearing Science3
ASP 305 Phonetics3
ASP 306 Anatomy & Physiology3
ASP 320 Speech and Language Development3
ASP 435 Intro to Speech Sound Dis3
TOTAL CREDITS15
First Year (Spring)Semester Hours
ASP 473 Intro to Audiologic Assessment3
ASP 302 Acoustics 3
ASP 461 Language disorders 3
ASP 494 Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation3
ASP 530 Observation of Clinical Practice/
1
Comm Disorders Elective (TBD)2-3
TOTAL CREDITS15-16
First Year (Summer)Semester Hours
ASP 508 Voice (if leveling) 3
ASP 514 Stuttering (if leveling)3
ASP 515 and/or 533 Practicum 2
ASP 534 Clin. Ed. Series (CES) 1
TOTAL CREDITS6-9*
Second Year (Fall)Semester Hours
ASP 506 Neural Bases of Speech and Language3
ASP 518 Adult Neuro I3
ASP 561 Lang Path in Children 3
ASP 541 Structural 2
ASP 515 and/or 533 Practicum 2
ASP 534 Clin. Ed. Series (CES) 1
One or two from
590 Professional Series I, 590 Professional Series II, 590 Professional Series III, 590 Professional Series IV
1 each
TOTAL CREDITS15
Second Year (Spring)Semester Hours
ASP 526 Dysphagia 3
ASP 519 Adult Neuro II 3
ASP 580 Medical SLP2
ASP 554 Lang. Analysis 2
ASP 553 Research Methods 2
ASP 515 and/or 533 Practicum 2
ASP 534 Clin. Ed. Series (CES) 1
One or two from
590 Professional Series I, 590 Professional Series II, 590 Professional Series III, 590 Professional Series IV
1 each
TOTAL CREDITS 16
3
Second Year (Summer)Semester Hours
ASP 581 School SLP 2
ASP 508 Voice (if not previously taken)3
ASP 514 Stuttering (if not previously taken)
ASP 515 and/or 533 Practicum 2
ASP 534 Clin. Ed. Series (CES) 1
One or two from
590 Professional Series I, 590 Professional Series II, 590 Professional Series III
1 each
Electives
552 Pediatric Medical, 555 Autism, 573 Ped. Audio for Educators
3 each
TOTAL CREDITS 9-15*
Third Year (Fall)Semester Hours
ASP 539 Motor Speech 3
ASP 537 Off-campus Practicum 2
Two from these electives:
531 Advanced Stuttering, 523 Advanced Voice, 661 Advanced Child Language
3 each
TOTAL CREDITS 9-15
Third Year (Spring)Semester Hours
ASP 537 Off-Campus externship 6
TOTAL CREDITS 6-15**

* Course offerings will vary based on the individual need to make up deficits from undergrad programs and / or approval from academic or clinical faculty.
** Credit total may vary based on individual needs.
*** One of the Professional Series must be 590 Professional Series: Counseling.
**** Comprehensive exams are taken at the end of the last semester of academic coursework (typically Fall semester of the student's last year in the program)

Students should note that required courses and course sequences are subject to change. Students should confirm all course requirements listed on their program plan each semester with his/her faculty advisor.


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