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Communication Sciences and Disorders, BS

Program Description

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center offers undergraduate and graduate education in the areas of normal speech and hearing processes and their disorders. The departmentís academic programs are fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
At the undergraduate level the discipline emphasizes course work in the normal communication process and the development of an understanding of communication disorders. Advanced levels of education are directed toward learning communication assessment and treatment techniques for a wide variety of disorders, including aphasia, childhood speech disorders, voice loss following laryngectomy, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, language-learning disabilities and hearing loss. Additionally, opportunities exist for student-faculty research at both the undergraduate level and the graduate level.
This is a four-year program in which the first and second years (64 semester hours) may be completed at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus, or any accredited college or university. The third and fourth years are completed at the Health Sciences Center.

Program Defined

Communication Sciences and Disorders refers to the study of normal speech and hearing processes and their disorders. At the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center the Communication Sciences and Disorders program refers to the undergraduate study which prepares individuals for graduate programs in Audiology, Education of the Deaf and Speech-Language Pathology.
If you would like to explore speech-language pathology further, view the following YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB5doy3ApDY.† To explore audiology further, view the following YouTube video:† http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mup1ThbhU3w.

Admission Requirements

    Admission to the program requires completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours from an accredited college and/or university and submission of all application materials. The Department Admissions Committee will review application materials and may require additional information from each applicant, such as a personal interview and/or testing scores. Applicants are considered for each fall semester. To be considered for admission to the communication sciences and disorders program an applicant must:

      1. Have successfully completed, or be in the process of completing a minimum of sixty-four (64) semester hours of course work including specific prerequisites from any accredited college or university, prior to beginning the program;

      2. Be in good standing with the college or university last or currently attending;

      3. Have minimum grade point averages of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all college work attempted. Any work previously forgiven will be counted in the GPA for admission purposes;

      4. Have completed all departmental prerequisite courses with grades of C or better prior to beginning the program;

      5. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL web site is http://www.toefl.org;

      6. All international/Non US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES). Wes web site is http://www.wes.org; and

      7. Submit a completed on-line application by March 1.


      Course numbers and titles are those of the University of Oklahoma. The program director, department chairperson, and college dean must approve any exceptions or substitutions.
      Prerequisite courses are offered at several institutions in the state. Check the prerequisite finder at http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/prereqs/ or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses.
      Click on the following website to use the prerequisite worksheet to keep track of your prerequisite classes: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/documents/CSD-BS%20Prereq%20worksheet.pdf.

      Footnotes are located after the course title in parenthesis. Example: Principles of English Composition I (2). Descriptions of footnotes are located directly underneath the table.
      Course# Course Title Credit Hours
      PSC 1113  American Federal Government (2) 
      MATH 1523  Elementary Functions or College Algebra 
      PSY 1113  Elements of Psychology 
        Foreign Language 1st Course (2)   
        Foreign Language 2nd Course (2)   
      AVIA 1003  Introduction to Computers: Concepts & Applications (3) 
      ZOO 1114 & 1121  Introduction to Zoology & Lab 
        Non-western Culture (2) 
      PHYS 1114  Physics - Non-Science Majors 
      ENGL 1113  Principles of English Composition I (2) 
      ENGL 1213  Principles of English Composition II (2) 
        Understanding Art Forms (2) 
        Upper Level General Education Course (1) 
      HIST 1483 OR 1493  US History 1492-1865 OR US History 1865-present (2) 
        Western Civilization & Culture (2) 
      (1) is required if applicant has not completed a Bachelorís degree. It is recommended that the applicant take an upper level/division (3000 or 4000 level) non-western culture, western civilization & culture, or understanding art forms class. By taking an upper division course in one of those categories, two prerequisites can be completed with that one class.

      (2) is not required for applicants that have an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree from an Oklahoma college. Not required for applicants that have a Bachelorís degree. Foreign Language 1st and 2nd course are waived for applicants who completed two classes in the same language in high school.

      (3) is not required if applicant has an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree or higher. To satisfy requirement otherwise, complete a computer skills course, pass an institution assessment test, or substitute one year of high school computer courses (excluding keyboarding).

      Application Procedure

      1. Review and follow the instructions on the College of Allied Health General Instructions for Application document found at the following web site: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/default.asp

      2. Notification of Acceptance
      A letter of acceptance, alternate status, or denial to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program is mailed the latter part of April. If notification is not received by May 1, contact the department.

      The applicant must accept or decline the position in writing within two weeks of notification. Alternates will be selected for admission according to their ranking. Alternates may be admitted up to the first class day for the fall semester if all positions have not been filled.

      3. Students accepted for admission are required to confirm their intention to enroll and pay a $100.00 non-refundable deposit. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.


      Tuition is approximately $118.00 per credit hour for Oklahoma residents. Students may expect additional costs that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, insurance and supplies. Students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements.


      This program is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


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