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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology


Program Description


The Doctor of Philosophy degree offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) permits specialization in a variety of disciplinary domains. The doctoral curriculum provides an individualized broad-based education within which a specific area of scholarly expertise is developed and which culminates in a mentored program of basic or applied research. Experienced faculty advisors guide students through each stage of the program: Prospective Candidacy (completion of pre-dissertation coursework and the General Examination) and Candidacy (completion of the dissertation and satisfactory oral defense).

Doctoral competencies include mastery of skills developed through research, grant-writing, and teaching/supervision experiences. Students typically demonstrate these by successfully presenting or publishing independent research, completing an application for extramural funding, and receiving positive student/supervisor feedback from courses taught.

Students are encouraged to develop professional leadership skills through active participation in local, state, and national academic societies.

The interdisciplinary nature of learning is emphasized during doctoral education and students from a variety of academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Full-time enrollment in doctoral study is strongly recommended as the preferred educational path.

Stipend and assistantship funds may be available for some full-time doctoral students.

Departmental faculty are committed to fostering productive and independent scholarship in a positive learning environment.


Program Defined

Upon admission, the Department Chair will meet with the student for preliminary advising. In consultation with the student, the Chair will assign an academic advisor before the beginning of the first semester of enrollment. This advisor will meet with the student to recruit a Doctoral Advisory Conference Committee and to collectively develop a proposed Program of Study. This individualized curriculum will include a minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate credit hours focused in the student's area(s) of research interests. At least 25 credit hours of the program will be devoted to courses covering core doctoral material. Up to 44 previously earned non-practicum graduate credits relevant to the present course of study and approved by the Advisory Committee may be included among the 90 credit hour minimum. A maximum of 15 credit hours of dissertation research may count toward the program of study.

In addition to coursework, requirements for the degree include (1) satisfactory completion of rotations, assistantship experiences, and a pre-dissertation research project, (2) satisfactory completion of an oral and written General Examination, and (3) satisfactory oral defense of an approved dissertation.


Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet all Graduate College (see current catalog) and Departmental minimum requirements:
  1. The applicant must have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better ( on a 4.00 scale) on the last 60 hours of baccalaureate coursework or on a minimum of 12 hours of graded graduate coursework. The College of Allied Health does not recognize academic forgiveness nor reprieve policies. All attempts of a course are included in the calculation of GPAs;
  2. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (the General Test) prior to the application deadline date (www.gre.org). GRE scores must be no more than five years old at time of application;
  3. Complete an on-site or telephone interview with the CSD admissions committee.
  4. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended and non-refundable application fees;
  5. Mail three letters of recommendation to the following address (you will provide their contact information on the on-line application under the 'Applicant Reference List' section):
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    College of Allied Health
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    P.O. Box 26901
    Oklahoma City, OK 73190-0901
  6. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-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;
  7. 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
  8. Submit a completed on-line application. Application deadline is February 1 for Fall.

Application Procedure

Review and follow the instructions for application to the College of Allied Health found at the following web site: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/default.asp.


Cost

Tuition is currently $183.10 per credit hour for Oklahoma residents and $707.10 per credit hour for non-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. For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 271-2118 or visit the web site at http://w3.ouhsc.edu/sfs/.

Additional cost information for the program can be found at http://www.ouhsc.edu/financialservices/SFA/OUHSCCosts.asp and http://www.ouhsc.edu/financialservices/bursar/tuition_fees.asp.


Accreditation

The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredits the Ph.D. program in Speech-Language Pathology.


Faculty

College of Allied Health Departmental Faculty


Facilities

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders is located in the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center, a building devoted exclusively to the study and management of human communication and its disorders. This modern, self-contained speech and hearing clinic accommodates nearly all academic pursuits as well as department-operated service programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. Ongoing research into normal and disordered processes of human communication focuses on both clinical and basic science areas. State-of-the-art instrumentation is available, as are statistical consultation and computer services.


Laboratories

Up-to-date and comprehensive instrumentation is available for air pressure and flow measurements, event related potentials, physiological analysis of phonation and resonance, language analysis, stimulus programming, signal conditioning and calibration, electroacoustic measurement and analysis, data acquisition, recording, retrieval, and readout. The Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience and the Department's Center for Communication Neuroscience are resources that support basic and applied investigation into the neural bases of behavior.


Program Coordinator

Sarah Christman
sarah-christman@ouhsc.edu

(405)271-4214 ext.-46060


Additional Resources

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the prospective student's page to utilize resources such as the transfer equivalency tables, admission statistics, job shadowing, gpa calculation, tuition cost, scholarships, student life, campus resources, etc.


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New Curriculum

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = minimum 90 post-baccalaureate; graduate transfer credits: 38-44 hrs. plus 52 hrs. per the following coursework: 

YEAR 1 

Fall Semester (8 hrs.)

Course Name 

Course Number 

Credit Hours 

 Application of Microcomputers to Data Analysis

   BSE 5013

 3

 Biostatistics Methods I

   BSE 5163

 3

 Responsible Conduct of Research (web)

   NURS 6101

 1

 Elective (min. 1 hr. in specialization)

 

 1

 (Identify Research Mentor)


 

Spring Semester (9 hrs.)

Course Name 

Course Number 

Credit Hours 

 Biostatistics Methods II

   BSE 5173

 3

 Seminar in Communication Science

   CSD 5540

 3

 Elective (3 hrs. in specialization)  

 

 3

 (Submit Degree Plan)

 

 

Summer Semester (3 hrs.)

Course Name 

Course Number 

Credit Hours 

 Seminar in Communication Science

   CSD 5540

 3

 (Annual Progress Review)

 

 

Year 2

Fall Semester (9 hrs.) 

Course Name 

Course Number 

Credit Hours 

 Nonparametric Methods (or approved stat. elective)

   BSE 5653

 3

 *Research Methods CSD

   CSD 6563

 3

 Seminar in Communication Science

   CSD 5540

 3

 *taught in even-numbered years

 

 

Spring Semester  (3 hrs.) 

Course Name 

Course Number 

Credit Hours 

 Seminar in Communication Science

   CSD 5540

 3

 (Research Presentation; General Examination)

 

 

Summer Semester (4 hrs.)

Course Name 

Course Number 

Credit Hours 

 Research for Doctor’s Dissertation

    CSD 6980

 4 

 (Annual Progress Review; Prospectus; IRB App.)

 

 

Year 3

Fall Semester (6 hrs.) 

Course Name 

Course Number 

Credit Hours 

 Research for Doctor’s Dissertation

   CSD 6980

 6

 (Teaching Requirement) 

 

 

Spring Semester (6 hrs.)

Course Name 

Course Number 

Credit Hours 

 Research for Doctor’s Dissertation

   CSD 6980

 6

Summer Semester

Course Name 

Course Number 

Credit Hours 

 Research for Doctor’s Dissertation

   CSD 6980

 4

 (Annual Progress Review; Dissertation Defense)

 

 

Last updated: July 26, 2013

Curriculum Notes:

Program Notes:

Twelve (12) hrs. of statistics courses are required of all students.  BSE 5013, 5163, and 5164 are required. BSE 5653 is recommended but will be only offered on a biennial basis beginning in 2010. If BSE 5653 is not available, then an alternative course may be substituted on the degree plan.

It is recommended that students complete an introductory research course (such as CSD 5133 Research Foundations or its equivalent) before entering CSD 6563 Research Methods in Communication Disorders. Please note that CSD 6563 Research Methods CSD will be taught in alternating calendar years.

The Graduate College requires that all students who conduct research must complete a course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). NURS 6101 is the course that the Dept. of CSD employs to fulfill that requirement.

Seminar in Communication Science (CSD 5540) provides 1 credit hour of readings and discussion in a student’s area of research interest plus 2 credit hours of independent research. Students must identify a research mentor during the first semester of enrollment. It is expected that the majority of Seminar courses will be completed under the direction of the mentor and that at least one research project arising from the courses will be presented nationally and/or published in a refereed journal.

Students must enroll in at least 20 hrs. of dissertation coursework to meet  minimum requirements for the degree. If  students enroll in more than 20 hrs. of CSD 6980, only 20 hrs. will be credited toward the 90 hr. minimum required for the degree. A successful oral defense of an approved written dissertation is a requirement for the degree.

Students with graduate assistantships will be required to show full-time enrollment during the semesters that they receive funding. This may occasionally necessitate enrollment in additional credit hours than those shown on the curriculum outline. Full-time enrollment for graduate assistants =  6 hrs. fall/spring and 3 hrs. during the summer session. Full-time enrollment for graduate students who do not hold graduate assistantships = 9 hrs. fall/spring and 6 hrs. during the summer session. Students are responsible for enrolling in sufficient credit hours to meet their individual financial aid needs.

Process Notes: 

The Department of CSD’s standing Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) is the “Departmental Advisory Committee” that guides each student through completion of the General Examination and that makes determinations of satisfactory progress toward the degree. Individual “Doctoral Dissertation Committees” guide students through the dissertation process and make determinations of satisfactory progress toward the degree. Both types of committees are structured in accordance with requirements outlined in the online Graduate Bulletin.

By the end of the second year of the program, all doctoral students will be expected to successfully present a research project to the CSD faculty and to a university (e.g., GREAT, Alpha Eta Research Day, OU-Norman Research Day, etc.), state, regional, or national conference. This requirement must be met before seeking permission to take the General Examination for the doctoral degree.

During the third year of the program, each doctoral student will teach one complete undergraduate course under the supervision of a graduate faculty mentor. Students must be enrolled when teaching. Successful completion of this teaching experience is a requirement for  the PhD degree.

Doctoral students will take the written and oral portions of the General Examination when they near completion of pre-dissertation coursework. Students must be enrolled in a graduate course in order to take the General Examination.

Successful completion of the exam constitutes admission to Candidacy for the Degree upon approval by the Graduate Dean. Students are not permitted to enroll in CSD 6980 Research for Doctor’s Dissertation until the General Examination has been successfully completed.

The PhD is a research degree. Although clinically-related topics may be studied, graduate clinical practicum courses may not be counted toward the minimum requirements for the degree.

Students must maintain good academic standing and demonstrate satisfactory academic progress during the course of their degree programs. All rules and regulations, as outlined in the online Graduate Bulletin, will be followed. Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the contents of the Graduate Bulletin since this document serves as the handbook for graduate study at the OUHSC.

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Old Curriculum: Year 1

Fall Semester

Course Name

Course NumberCredit Hours
 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = minimum 90 post-baccalaureate    
 Microcomputer Apps. *  BSE 5013  3
 Stat. Methods I *  BSE 5163  3
 Lab Rotation 1 hr *  CSD 5990  1-3
 Adv. Neural Bases *  CSD 6413  3
 Psychoacoustics *  CSD 6833  3

Spring Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Stat. Methods II *  BSE 5173  3
 Lab Rotation 1 hr *  CSD 5990  1-3
 Adv. Language Science *  CSD 6533  3
 Adv. Speech Science *  CSD 6543  3

Summer Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Stat. Elective *    
 Lab Rotation 1 hr *  CSD 5990  1-3
 Psychophysics *  CSD6573  3

Year 2

Fall Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Electives **    

Spring Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Electives **    

Summer Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Electives **    
 Presentation of Research Project **    

Year 3

Fall Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Electives **    
 General Examination **    

Spring Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Teaching Assistantship **    
 Dissertation Defense  CSD 6980  

Summer Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Teaching Assistantship **    
 Dissertation Defense  CSD 6980  

Year 4

Fall Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Teaching Assistantship    
 Dissertation Defense  CSD 6980  

 Spring Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
 Dissertation Defense  CSD 6980  
 Dissertation Defense  CSD 6980  

 Last updated: July 29, 2014

 Curriculum Notes

* Advanced coursework required of all doctoral students. Core CSD courses will be taught in alternating years. Students will complete these courses within the first two years of their doctoral programs.

** Elective courses in area of concentration (voice science, neural processing, psychoacoustics, auditory disorders, etc.) pertaining to specific area of interest. Additional elective coursework in an outside discipline to broaden student knowledge base in support of specific area of interest and/or elective courses within discipline which are related to but outside of the area of concentration.

Course Descriptions


Contact Information

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
John W. Keys Speech & Hearing Center
1200 N Stonewall
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: (405) 271-4214
Fax: (405) 271-3360
Website: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/csd

The OUHSC Graduate College Homepage.

 

Office of Academic and Student Services
Phone: (405) 271-6588
Fax: (405) 271-3120
Email: alliedhealth-info@ouhsc.edu


Program Brochure

http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/documents/brochures/SpeechLanguagePathology.pdf