BS IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS

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 department’s 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.

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.

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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. 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;

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

  5. Create a 'Career Goal Statement' as part of the online application. Click here for instructions;

  6. Provide contact information for three references as part of the online application. Click here to keep track of your references contact information;

  7. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended and non-refundable application fees;

  8. 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 OUHSC institution code for the TOEFL is 6902;

  9. All international/Non US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES); and

  10. Submit a completed on-line application by March 1. All official, sealed transcripts and TOEFL scores (if applicable) must be received by the application deadline. Late transcripts and test scores may result in an automatic denial.

Note: If you plan on applying to the program this year, submit an official, sealed transcript from every institution attended AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to ensure that we receive the transcripts by the application deadline. Transcripts take time to process from one institution to the other; therefore, order your transcripts ASAP! Once your fall grades have been posted, please mail us an updated transcript. Click on the following link for the address to mail your transcripts.

Course numbers are those of the University of Oklahoma.  Approved prerequisite courses are offered at many institutions.  Check the Transfer Equivalencies Database or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses.  There are instructions on that page on how to request a transcript evaluation for particular courses if your courses are not listed in the database.

Click on the following link to use the prerequisite worksheet to keep track of your prerequisite classes.

 

All prerequisites are required unless noted in the footnotes.  Please read the footnote descriptions located directly underneath the table.

OU Course Number Course Title Credit Hours  Footnote
P SC 1113 American Federal Government 3 2
MATH 1503 College Algebra 3  
PSY 1113 Elements of Psychology 3  
varies Foreign Language 1st Course   2
varies Foreign Language 2nd Course   2
AVIA 1003 Introduction to Computers: Concepts & Applications 3 3
BIOL 1114 & 1121 Introduction to Zoology/Animal Biology & Lab 4 4
varies Non-western Culture 3 2
PHYS 1114 Physics - Non-Science Majors 4  
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition I 3 2
ENGL 1213 Principles of English Composition II 3 2
varies Understanding Art Forms 3 2
PSY 2003 Understanding Statistics 3 5
varies Upper Level General Education Course 3 1
HIST 1483 OR 1493 US History 1492-1865 OR US History 1865-present 3 2
varies Western Civilization & Culture 3 2

 

(1) is required if applicant has not completed a Bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that the applicant take an approved upper level/division (3000 or 4000 level) non-western culture, western civilization & culture, or understanding art forms class. By taking an approved 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 Bachelor’s degree. Foreign Language 1st and 2nd course are waived for applicants who completed two years in the same language in high school.
(3) 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 Bachelor’s degree. 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).
(4) can be substituted with Biology I with lab (4 hours minimum) PLUS Biology II with lab (4 hours minimum).
(5) It is recommended that the applicant take an equivalent course to OU course number PSY 2003.  If there is not an equivalent course at your college/university for PSY 2003, it is acceptable to take an equivalent course to OU’s course numbers PSY 2113, COMM 2513, or ECON 2843.


Please note varies = there are multiple courses that are equivalent for this prerequisite.  If you are attending OU in Norman for these courses, click here for equivalent courses; if attending another institution, please check the Transfer Equivalency Database link below.

If you are planning to attend the University of Oklahoma Norman campus to fulfill your Western Civilization and Culture, Non-Western Culture, Understanding Art Forms, and/or Upper Level General Education prerequisite, please click here to review acceptable courses offered in these categories on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.  Please remember to review footnote #1 above for instructions on the Upper Level General Education Course.

  1. Review and follow the instructions for application to the College of Allied Health
  2. Notification of Acceptance
  3. Students accepted for admission are required to confirm their intention to enroll by paying a non-refundable deposit on enrollment. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.

  4. 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, please 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 day of classes for the fall semester if all positions have not been filled.

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.


Additional cost information:

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

Effective Fall 2018 

Year 1

Fall Semester

 

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Terminology in Communication Sciences Disorders (web-posted) CSD 3113 3
Phonetics CSD 3333 3
Anatomy/Physiology in Speech Language Pathology CSD 3413 3
Foundations of Speech & Language Development CSD 3443 3
Foundations of Audiology CSD 3463 3
Seminar CSD 4430 1

 

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Electives   3
Anatomy & Physiology of the Hearing Mechanism  CSD 3423 3
Intro to Articulation Disorders CSD 3453 3
Seminar CSD 4430 1
Instructional Procedures Lab (Observation) CSD 4443 3
Diagnosis & Treatment in Audiology CSD 4493 3

 

 

Year 2

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Augmentative & Alternative Communication CSD 4113 3
Language Disorders in the Exceptional Child CSD 3473 3
Medical Ethics (web-based) AHS 3451 1
Fluency CSD 4363 3
Seminar CSD 4430 1
Sign Language I CSD 4483 3

 

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Instructional Procedures CSD 4433 3
Capstone in CSD CSD 4993 3
Neural Bases of Communication CSD 4343 3
Seminar CSD 4430 1
Speech and Hearing Science CSD 4413 3
Research in Allied Health (web-based) AHS 4571 1

 Curriculum Notes

** Electives may include coursework to complete requirements for graduation, ASHA certification, teacher certification, and/or licensure.

Course Descriptions

 Last updated: June 21, 2017 

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Suzanne H. Kimball, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Associate Professor

College of Allied Health
1200 N Stonewall
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: (405) 271-4214 Ext. 46068
Fax: (405) 271-3360
Email Dr. Kimball

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Phone: (405) 271-6588
Fax: (405) 271-3120
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