The University of Tulsa’s bachelor of science and master of science degrees in speech-language pathology combine academic course work and practical experience to prepare students to evaluate, treat, and conduct research into human communication and its disorders. Speech-language pathologists help people of all ages who have disorders such as stuttering, delayed language development, aphasia, voice disorders, speech articulation problems, swallowing impairments and cognitive disorders. Speech-language pathologists assess, select and develop augmentative and alternative communication systems and provide training in their use. They also provide audiologic rehabilitation and counseling services to persons who are hard-of-hearing and their families.
The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at The University of Tulsa is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Bachelor of Science
The following Program Learning Outcomes are outlined for undergraduate majors in Communication Sciences and Disorders; specifically, the student will demonstrate:
- Knowledge of normal processes in the development of speech and language comprehension and production.
- Knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders
- Knowledge of clinical methods, clinical skills and ethics related to intervention with clients who are diagnosed with communication and swallowing disorders
Master of Science
Students who complete the master’s program in speech-language pathology will demonstrate:
- Knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural bases. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span.
- Knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural correlates in the following areas:
-voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation
-receptive and expressive language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, prelinguistic communication and paralinguistic communication) in speaking, listening, reading writing
-hearing, including the impact on speech and language
-swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal and related functions, including oral function for feeding, orofacial myology)
-cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem-solving and executive functioning)
-social aspects of communication (including challenging behavior, ineffective social skills and lack of communication opportunities)
-augmentative and alternative communication modalities
- For each of the areas specified above, the applicant must have demonstrated current knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural correlates.
- The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of standards of ethical conduct.
- The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice.
- The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of contemporary professional issues.
- The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of entry level and advanced certifications, licensure and other relevant professional credentials, as well as local, state and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice.
- The applicant must have demonstrated skills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice.
- The following skills outcomes:
a. Conduct screening and prevention procedures (including prevention activities).
b. Collect case history information and integrate information from clients/patients, family, caregivers, teachers and relevant others, including other professionals.
c. Select and administer appropriate evaluation procedures, such as behavioral observations, nonstandardized and standardized tests and instrumental procedures.
d. Adapt evaluation procedures to meet client/patient needs.
e. Interpret, integrate and synthesize all information to develop diagnoses and make appropriate recommendations for intervention.
f. Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support evaluation.
g. Refer clients/patients for appropriate services.
a. Develop setting-appropriate intervention plans with measurable and achievable goals that meet clients’/patients’ needs. Collaborate with clients/patients and relevant others in the planning process.
b. Implement intervention plans (involve clients/patients and relevant others in the intervention process).
c. Select or develop and use appropriate materials and instrumentation for prevention and intervention.
d. Measure and evaluate clients’/patients’ performance and progress.
e. Modify intervention plans, strategies, materials or instrumentation as appropriate to meet the needs of clients/patients.
f. Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support intervention.
g. Identify and refer clients/patients for services as appropriate.
- Interaction and Personal Qualities
a. Communicate effectively, recognizing the needs, values, preferred mode of communication and cultural/linguistic background of the client/patient, family, caregivers and relevant others.
b. Collaborate with other professionals in case management.
c. Provide counseling regarding communication and swallowing disorders to clients/patients, family, caregivers and relevant others.
d. Adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics and behave professionally.