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Communication Sciences and Disorders

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma! 

Our programs are located in the College of Allied Health on the OU Health Sciences campus in Oklahoma City. The OUHSC is a constantly expanding and comprehensive medical campus known for excellence in healthcare provision, clinical education, and basic and applied research. We are proud to partner with professionals in every field of medicine and healthcare to train the next generation of professionals treating patients with disorders of hearing, speech, language, balance, and swallowing. 

Our department offers programs at the undergraduate (Bachelor of Science) and professional (Master of Arts in SLP, Doctor of Audiology) levels.  Our AuD program is the only one in Oklahoma, and all of our programs are the top-ranked degree programs in the state by US News and World Report.  Additionally, we are one of only a few programs in the nation to train speech-language pathologists and audiologists on a comprehensive medical campus, offering a depth and breadth of clinical rotation opportunities that few programs can match. 

We hope you will consider joining the ranks of our outstanding students and alumni. For more information on each of our degree programs, please click the links on the left.  You can also use the menu at left to: 

  • Browse our strategic plan and review our programmatic outcomes – we are very proud that our graduates have very high rates of on-time completion of their degree, passing scores on the PRAXIS exam, and employment after graduation. 
  • Learn about or make an appointment at our on-site teaching clinic for clinical interns in SLP and audiology, the John W Keys Speech and Hearing Center. 
  • Meet our amazing faculty and staff. 
  • Explore our faculty research labs and their exciting programs of scholarship. 

Thank you for visiting, and Boomer! 

Dr John 

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The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by embracing each person's unique contributions, background and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma recognizes that fostering an inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations, is vital to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission. This enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty and staff and for the communities we engage. 

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We affirm the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion, and are committed to ongoing dialogue across cultural lines as a strategy for excellence in serving our members, for addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse society, and as a mechanism for equipping current and future ASHA members to appropriately meet the needs of their clients, patients, and students. We believe that actively pursuing D+I positions us as a leader in the discipline of human communication and related disorders, in the association industry, and allows us to enhance and improve the professional lives of ASHA members and our many stakeholders. We understand that we have to continually improve our D+I efforts to sustain our integrity and achieve maximum impact, to assure that ASHA members practice and function in work environments where they are welcome and valued, and act as needed to protect our members from discrimination and harassment. We will demonstrate an explicit willingness to challenge the status quo, and encourage others with whom we do business, to do so as well.

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Long before the University of Oklahoma was established, the land on which the University now resides was the traditional home of the “Hasinais” Caddo Nation and “Kirikirʔi:s” Wichita & Affiliated Tribes.  We acknowledge this territory once also served as a hunting ground, trade exchange point, and migration route for the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa and Osage nations.  Today, 39 tribal nations dwell in the state of Oklahoma as a result of settler and colonial policies that were designed to assimilate Native people.  The University of Oklahoma recognizes the historical connection our university has with its indigenous community. We acknowledge, honor and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this land. We fully recognize, support and advocate for the sovereign rights of all of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations. This acknowledgement is aligned with our university’s core value of creating a diverse and inclusive community. It is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture and history that make up our entire OU Community.