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Speech-Language Pathology Program

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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COREG 1560M, 1570M, 1580M

Interprofessional Healthcare

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The Interprofessional Healthcare course involves the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Sciences, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. The course is designed to teach all clinically-based students about each other's clinical programs, how they might interact together as part of an interprofessional healthcare team, and the importance of an interprofessional approach to patient care. The class consists primarily of online presentations that are delivered by interprofessional team members from each of the clinical programs. Associated quizzes will also be completed online. Occasional lectures, panel presentations, or group assignments may also be incorporated.

Credits: Each course 0.5

SLPPG 501

Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

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This course covers the neurological and physiological bases of normal and disordered communication. Embryological development of the central nervous system, and neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the motor and sensory systems, including vision and audition are covered. Brain dissection laboratory experiences enhance mastery of neurological concepts introduced in the course. The course integrates basic neuroanatomy with cognitive neuroscience through assigned readings, lectures, and laboratory experiences.

Credits: 4

SLPPG 502

Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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This course introduces students to research methods, including basic research concepts, common research designs, and methods of data analysis commonly used in the field of speech-language pathology. Students will learn to critically read and evaluate research manuscripts.

Credits: 4

SLPPG 503

Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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In this course, students will gain experience critiquing professional literature relevant to clinical and/or research practices. They will complete a literature review on a topic of interest and use it to inform evidence-based, clinical decisions.

Credits: 2

SLPPG 505

Capstone I

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This course is required for any student not electing the thesis track. Students will explore research ideas, develop research questions, and plan a research design that is approved by the Capstone Coordinator. Alternatively, the student may plan an evidence-based creative project that is approved by the Capstone Coordinator. Students will complete and receive feedback on a professional manuscript, including an introduction of their project, the rationale and plan for conducting the project, and a timeline for completion.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

SLPPG 502 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders; SLPPG 503 Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders

SLPPG 506

Capstone II

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This course is required for all capstone-track students. Students will either complete data collection and analysis, or complete a specified portion of their creative project. They will continue preparation of their professional manuscript by completing revisions of the portion completed in Capstone I, and by drafting the sections that describe research or project results.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

SLPPG 505 Capstone I

SLPPG 507

One Health for SLPs

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Today's healthcare practitioners' work together to evaluate and treat patients with complex disorders. This course will address the basics of interdisciplinary practice in educational and healthcare settings. Students will evaluate the efficacy of collaborative practice, and will explore the impact of interspecies research upon the treatment of people with communication and swallowing disorders.

Credits: 1

SLPPG 508

Culture and Communication

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Communication is shaped within a cultural context. Children understand and produce the language system to which they are exposed, and many learn multiple languages simultaneously. People routinely find themselves in the position of needing to learn a non-native language. This course will address the challenges of multilingualism or second language learning, and will review best practices in assessing and treating individuals who do not use English as their primary language.

Credits: 1

SLPPG 511

Thesis I

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This course is required by all students electing the thesis track. It involves one hour of class attendance in which thesis students will work together to develop their research questions and methods, and one hour of independent study. Students will work with the Program Director to secure a Thesis Chair and two other faculty members to comprise their thesis committee. Students will meet with their Thesis Chair to devise an original research project, timeline, and budget. Completion of a literature review, rationale for research, and research plan is expected this term.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

SLPPG 502 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders; SLPPG 503 Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders

SLPPG 512

Thesis II

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This course is required of all students completing a master’s thesis. It again involves one hour per week of class attendance in which students will review the technicalities of writing and formatting a professional manuscript. One hour of independent study with the Thesis Chair is also incorporated into this thesis experience. Completion of the first three chapters of a five chapter manuscript is expected, along with a timeline for collection of data.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

SLPPG 511 Thesis I

SLPPG 520

Disorders of Articulation and Phonology

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This course covers speech disorders of developmental or linguistic origin. Students will learn to assess and treat articulation and phonological impairment. Highlights include collecting and analyzing comprehensive speech samples, administering standardized tests, and planning therapeutic interventions specific to individual cases.

Credits: 3

SLPPG 521

Child Language Assessment

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This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to assess children with language disorders. These include, but are not limited to an overview of diagnostic models; formal and informal assessment procedures; interpretation of results; professional presentation of assessment findings to families or other professionals; and report writing.

Credits: 4

SLPPG 522

Child Language Intervention

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This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to plan and execute treatment for children with language impairment. Types of child language disorders as well as intervention techniques, both theoretical and applied are covered. Emphasis on collaboration with families and other professionals is emphasized.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPPG 521 Child Language Assessment

SLPPG 525

Dysphagia

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This course reviews the anatomy and physiology of swallowing, and disorders that impact this vital function in children and adults. Etiologies of swallowing disorders, as well as their evaluation and management will be addressed. Students will appreciate the concomitant conditions that typically accompany dysphagia and learn to prioritize treatment objectives. Ethical considerations in swallowing intervention will also be incorporated.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPPG 501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

SLPPG 526

Aphasia

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This course examines communication disorders that result from acquired conditions, such as left or right hemisphere strokes or other acquired brain pathologies. Etiologies of these conditions, including neurological correlates for presenting symptoms, will be reviewed. Assessment and intervention models will be discussed, with attention to the cognitive, linguistic, and social aspects of resulting communication disorders.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPPG 501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

SLPPG 527

Neurological Disease and Injury

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This course examines communication disorders that result from acquired conditions, with emphasis on traumatic brain injury, dementia, and other degenerative neurological conditions. Etiologies of these conditions, including neurological correlates for presenting symptoms, will be reviewed. Assessment and intervention models will be discussed, with attention to the cognitive, linguistic, and social aspects of resulting communication disorders.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPPG 501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders; SLPPG 526 Aphasia

SLPPG 529

Voice and Resonance Disorders

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This course teaches evaluative and therapeutic aspects of voice and resonance disorders. Students examine the anatomical and physiological correlates of phonation and oral/nasal resonance. Embryology of the vocal mechanism is reviewed, including nasal, oropharyngeal, laryngeal, and pulmonary regions. Assessment and intervention of a variety of common voice/resonance disorders will be covered, including cleft lip/palate, vocal fold hyperfunction, and therapies associated with a variety of neurogenic communication disorders.

Credits: 4

SLPPG 540

Diagnostic Assessment and Treatment Planning

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This course prepares the student clinician to conduct diagnostic evaluations of patients with communication disorders and plan their care. Principles of clinical interviewing, formal and informal test selection and administration, interpretation of psychometric data and behavioral observations, and adaptions for cultural and linguistic differences will be addressed. Students will learn the basics of clinical writing, including preparation of diagnostic reports, treatment plans, and progress reports. The use of electronic health records systems will be introduced.

Credits: 3

SLPPG 550

Clinical Practicum I

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This is the first supervised speech-language pathology practicum experience in the Speech-Language Institute or other community-based site. Working with a faculty member who is a licensed speech-language pathologist, student clinicians will plan and conduct assessment and intervention sessions for clients with communication disorders. First clinical experiences are targeted toward management of individuals with articulation, phonology, or language disorders. Some students will conduct diagnostic assessments during this practicum. Students are expected to attend a weekly clinical forum to address issues relative to management of clinical cases.

Credits: 3

SLPPG 552

Clinical Practicum II

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This is the second supervised speech-language pathology practicum experience at the Midwestern University Speech-Language Institute or other community-based site. Working with a faculty member who is a licensed speech-language pathologist, student clinicians will plan and conduct assessment and intervention sessions for clients with communication disorders. Clinical experiences are targeted toward management of individuals with a variety of communication disorders, including articulation, language, fluency, voice, or complex disorders. Some students will conduct diagnostic assessments during this practicum. Students are expected to attend a weekly clinical forum to address issues relative to management of clinical classes.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPPG 550 Clinical Practicum I

SLPPG 604

Professional Issues and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology

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This course focuses on the scope of practice for the speech-language pathology profession. Students will explore expectations for professional behavior based upon standards of practice and the ASHA Code of Ethics. Ethical dilemmas will be debated in preparation for a variety of clinical experiences. Procedures for obtaining the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, state licensure, and school certification will be reviewed.

Credits: 2

SLPPG 607

Capstone III

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This course is required for all capstone-track students. Students will synthesize the components from Capstone I and II into a summative research document or creative project which will be presented at the end of the term. Students must finalize their professional manuscript to the satisfaction of the Capstone Coordinator, and disseminate the findings via class presentations.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

SLPPG 505 Capstone I; SLPPG 506 Capstone II

SLPPG 609

Professional Practice in School Settings

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Over half of all speech-language pathologist practice in school settings. This course will review issues relative to school-based service delivery, including special education law, disability designations, and how students are referred for speech-language services. Development of individualized educational plans (IEPs) and treatment planning for children and adolescents with communication issues will be addressed, in addition to issues such as caseload size, scheduling, effective therapy models for the school setting, and Medicaid billing. Collaborative practice with school psychologists, teachers, special educators, and school healthcare workers will be discussed. Counseling for children and their families will also be covered.

Credits: 1

SLPPG 610

Professional Practice in Healthcare Settings

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Nearly half all speech-language pathologists work in healthcare settings, including hospitals, skill nursing facilities, and private clinics. This course will review issues relative to healthcare service delivery, including the basics of healthcare law, and healthcare delivery for patients with communication and swallowing impairment. Students will learn about common instrumentation and medical terminology. Coding, billing and reimbursement for services by Medicare and other third party payer sources will be reviewed. Counseling patients and their family members will also be addressed, in addition to tips for interprofessional practice.

Credits: 1

SLPPG 613

Thesis III

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This course is for all students on the thesis track. It involves one hour per week of independent study with the Thesis Chair. Completion of data collection and analysis is expected this term. Students should complete a draft of the final two chapters.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

SLPPG 512 Thesis II

SLPPG 614

Thesis IV

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This course is required of all students completing a master’s thesis. It involves one hour per week of independent study with the Thesis Chair. Students should complete revision of their document and defend their thesis this term.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

SLPPG 613 Thesis III

SLPPG 623

Communication Disorders in Autism

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This course provides insight into the world of autism, including description of the various autism spectrum disorders and examination of etiological theories and controversies. Procedures used for differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders are covered, and a variety of intervention models will be discussed. The role of the SLP in working with educators and families will be addressed. Students will design comprehensive assessment and intervention plans for persons of all ages with autism.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPPG 521 Child Language Assessment; SLPPG 522 Child Language Intervention

SLPPG 624

Aural Rehabilitation

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This course will teach basic methods for addressing the communication needs of individuals with hearing impairment and/or central auditory processing disorders. Students will learn how to read and interpret basic audiometric test results in order to recommend appropriate communication therapy. Communication modalities for individuals with hearing loss, and a variety of therapy methods to enhance language comprehension and production will be covered. Maintenance of amplification devices, collaboration with families and educators, and counseling for individuals with hearing loss will also be included.

Credits: 3

SLPPG 628

Motor Speech Disorders

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This course covers assessment and treatment of neurogenic speech disorders, including the various types of dysarthria and apraxia. The complex process of differential diagnosis of these conditions will be addressed, along with numerous treatment approaches designed to target respiration, phonation, articulation, resonance and prosodic components of motor speech disorders.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPPG 501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders; SLPPG 520 Disorders of Articulation and Phonology; SLPPG 629 Voice and Resonance Disorders

SLPPG 630

Fluency Disorders

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This course describes the nature and proposed etiologies of stuttering and associated disorders. Assessment and treatment of children and adults with fluency disorders will be addressed, including the need for counseling and ongoing management across the lifespan.

Credits: 3

SLPPG 631

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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This course will address the complex communication needs of individuals with severe communication, sensory and/or physical impairments which may necessitate the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC). Students will become familiar with various types of assistive technologies used for AAC. The course will cover cognitive, educational, physical, psychosocial, and linguistic aspects of human behavior that impact AAC selection and implementation. AAC assessment and intervention strategies will be addressed, including interdisciplinary contributions from physical and occupational therapists.

Credits: 3

SLPPG  632

Advanced Practices in Dysphagia

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This course will require students to apply knowledge to clinical cases. Students will be expected to generate diagnostic reports and treatment plans targeting pediatric and adult dysphagia. Interpretation of videoflouroscopic and endoscopic swallowing assessments will assist students in profiling phase-specific sensory and motor swallowing abnormalities. Complex cases will be addressed, including both neorogenic and mechanical disorders of dysphagia (e.g., stroke, laryngectomy, tracheostomy and ventilator dependency).

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPPG 525 Dysphagia

SLPPG 633

Language, Literacy and Learning

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This course provides students with the theoretical models of language, literacy and learning. Examination of the interconnections between reading, writing, speaking and listening will be explored. The patterns of child and adolescent reading and writing are emphasized.

Credits: 4

SLPPG 654

Clinical Practicum III

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This is the third supervised speech-language pathology practicum experience at the Midwestern University Speech-Language Institute or other community-based site. Working with a faculty member who is a licensed speech-language pathologist, student clinicians will plan and conduct assessment and intervention sessions for clients with communication disorders. Clinical experiences are targeted toward management of individuals with a variety of communication disorders, including articulation, language, fluency, voice, or complex disorders. Some students will conduct diagnostic assessments during this practicum. Students are expected to attend a weekly clinical forum to address issues relative to management of clinical classes.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPPG 550 Clinical Practicum I; SLPPG 552 Clinical Practicum II

SLPPG 656

Clinical Practicum IV

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This is the last of four supervised speech-language pathology practicum experiences at the Midwestern University Speech-Language Institute or other community-based sites. Working with a faculty member who is a licensed speech-language pathologist, student clinicians will plan and conduct assessment and intervention sessions for clients with communication disorders. Clinical experiences are targeted toward evaluation and management of complex cases. Some students will conduct diagnostic assessments during this practicum. Students are expected to attend a weekly clinical forum to address issues relative to management of clinical classes.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPPG 550 Clinical Practicum I; SLPPG 552 Clinical Practicum II; SLPPG 654 Clinical Practicum III

SLPPG 660

Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Public School

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This is a supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology in a public school setting. Students will acquire experience in individual and group therapy, assessment, and consultation. This course consists of a 12 week, full-time school site placement. May be taken before or after SLPPG 662 Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Medical/Healthcare Facility.

Credits: 12

SLPPG 662

Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Medical/Healthcare Facility

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This is a supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology in a healthcare setting. Students will acquire experience in individual and group therapy, assessment, consultation, and interdisciplinary staffing. It consists of a 12 week, full-time clinical site placement. Note: May be taken before or after SLPPG 660 Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Public School.

Credits: 12