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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 coursework in the normal communication process and 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 and the graduate levels.

This is a four-year program in which the first and second years (67 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 67 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 complete the following requirements:

  1. Have successfully completed, or be in the process of completing a minimum of sixty-seven (67) semester hours of coursework, 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 a minimum grade point average 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. Prerequisite courses taken during the spring 2020 semester may have a 'P' for passing or 'S' for satisfactory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that the required 2.75 GPA admission requirement still applies;

  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 from foreign institutions evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE); 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 another; therefore, order your transcripts ASAP! Once your fall grades have been posted, please send us an updated transcript. Click here for transcript submission instructions.

Course numbers are those of the University of Oklahoma.  Approved prerequisite courses are offered at many institutions.  You must look up every course you have taken, plan to take, and/or are currently enrolled in to verify that they are equivalent courses. The responsibility is yours to enroll in equivalent courses and we provide the tools to make sure you do. Check the Transfer Equivalencies Database or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses.  Instructions are provided at that link to request a transcript evaluation that may not be in the database.

Click here 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
MATH 1503 College Algebra 3  
PSY 1113 Elements of Psychology 3  
PHYS 1114 Physics - Non-Science Majors 4  
varies Upper Level General Education Course 3 1
P SC 1113 American Federal Government 3 2
varies Artistic Forms 3 2
varies Foreign Language 1st Course   2
varies Foreign Language 2nd Course   2
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition I 3 2
ENGL 1213 Principles of English Composition II 3 2
HIST 1483 OR 1493 US History to 1865 OR 1865-present 3 2
varies Western Culture 3 2
varies World Culture or Non-Western Culture 3 2
BIOL 1124
BIOL 1005
Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys (4 hrs minimum)
Concepts in Biology
4 3
PSY 2003 Understanding Statistics 3 4
varies General Education Course: First Year Experience 3 ^
varies Electives to equal 64 credit hours when admitted without a "First Year Experience" general education course or electives to equal 67 credit hours when admitted with a "First Year Experience" general education course completed. varies  
(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) world culture or non-western culture, western culture, or artistic 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) can be substituted with Biology I with lab (4 hours minimum) PLUS Biology II with lab (4 hours minimum).
(4) 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.

^  Applicants will be required to complete 1 of 3 'First Year Experience' courses for graduation. A 'First Year Experience' course may be taken prior to applying to OUHSC or a 'First Year Experience' course will be offered after admission to OUHSC for those who still need to complete this requirement. The CSD Department recommends completing this required course prior to admission to OUHSC. The courses are part of the General Education offered through OU-Norman or could be an equivalent course approved by OU-Norman.

Please note varies = there are multiple courses that are equivalent for these prerequisites.  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.


If you are planning to attend the University of Oklahoma Norman campus to fulfill your Western Culture, World Culture (or Non-Western Culture),  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.
  2. Notification of Acceptance: The applicant must accept or decline the position through their online application within 14 days of the application decision.
  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. An electronic letter of acceptance, alternate status, or denial to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program will be made the latter part of April. If notification is not received by May 1, please contact the department. 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.

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 of the Hearing Mechanism CSD 3423 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 in Speech Language Pathology  CSD 3413 3
Intro to Articulation Disorders CSD 3453 3
Seminar CSD 4430 1
Clinical Observations in CSD CSD 4443 3
Diagnosis & Treatment in Audiology CSD 4493 3


Year 2

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Intro to Adult Neuro CSD 4373 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
Counseling in CSD CSD 4513 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: July 28, 2023

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Allied Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1200 N Stonewall Avenue, Room 3091
Oklahoma City, OK  73117-1215

Suzanne H. Kimball, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Phone:  (405) 271-4214 Ext. 46068
Fax:  (405) 271-3360
Email Dr. Kimball

Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Phone:  (405) 271-6588
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