Communication Sciences and Disorders
Undergraduate Program Description & Application Process
Communication Sciences & Disorders Careers: Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
In keeping with the standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the undergraduate program in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) is considered a pre-professional degree program for both speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology. In order to meet Kentucky licensure and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification requirements, it is necessary to complete the Master’s degree for SLP certification or the clinical doctorate (AuD) to receive certification in audiology. The Master’s degree is considered the entry-level point for professional speech-language pathologists, while the AuD is needed to become a practicing audiologist. Undergraduate students intent on majoring in CSD while at UK should plan on 6 years to complete both the Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Science/Arts programs, and 7-8 years to complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences and the AuD in audiology.
Application to the Pre-Professional CSD Program at the University of Kentucky
The CSD undergraduate program at UK has selective admissions. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 42 credit hours at the time of application. The only specific course requirement needed before entering the program is having completed Introductory to Psychology or General Psychology by the conclusion of the previous Fall Semester. Students are admitted to the pre-professional program on a competitive basis. Admission is based on cumulative grade-point average, ACT or SAT scores, three letters of recommendation, relevant personal experiences, and a personal letter of application. All applications will be evaluated during the Spring semester, with newly accepted students beginning the program in the following Fall semester. The application deadline each year is February 1. Please note that successful admission to the University of Kentucky’s undergraduate CSD program does not guarantee nor indicate admission to the CSD graduate program.
To be considered for admission to the undergraduate program in Communication Sciences & Disorders, the student must complete the online application procedure for the CSD program and the admission procedure to the University of Kentucky according to established time lines. If already enrolled on the UK Lexington campus, the student does not have to re-apply for admission to the University, but must complete the Communication Sciences & Disorders Program Application. The online application for CSD should be submitted between January 1 and February 1 during the Spring semester of the applicant’s sophomore year. The deadline for submitting all elements of the CSD program application is February 1.
Communication Sciences & Disorders Undergraduate Course Work
In order to receive a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in Communication Sciences & Disorders, a student must complete courses that fulfill the UK CORE requirements (http://www.uky.edu/ukcore/) and all required CSD courses. There are four required program courses that may be taken prior to being admitted to the CSD program at the University of Kentucky. These are:
CD 277 - Intro. to Communication Sciences & Disorders (Fall only)
CD 285 - Applied Phonetics (Fall only)
EDS 375 - Intro. To Education of Exceptional Children
One "Related Studies Course" (see related course list below).
Requirements for the Undergraduate Program in CSD
A. BASIC SCIENCE PRINCIPLES (REQUIRED BY ASHA)*
One 3-credit course in the Biological Sciences (Biology)
One 3-credit course in the Physical Sciences (Physics or Chemistry)
One 3-credit course in Social Sciences
PSY 100 - Intro to Psych (4 cr.) or PSY 110 - Intro to Psych (3 cr.)
Any 3-credit Statistics course (such as STA 210)
B. CSD MAJOR COURSES
Fall Semester - Junior Year
CD 277 - Intro. to CSD (3 cr.) - May be taken prior to admission
CD 285 - Applied Phonetics (3 cr.) - May be taken prior to admission
CD 378 - Anatomy & Phys. of Speech (3 cr.)
Spring Semester - Junior Year
CD 402 - Speech Sciences (3 cr.)
CD 484 - Intro. to Diagnostics (3 cr.)
Fall Semester - Senior Year
CD 420 - Audiology (3 cr.)
CD 571 - Neural Bases of Speech (3 cr.)
CD 482 - Clinical Management I (3 cr.)
Spring Semester - Senior Year
CD 410 - Language Development (3 cr.)
CD 483 - Clinical Management II (3 cr.)
CD 591 - Aural Rehabilitation (3 cr.)
CD 481 - Clinical Experience (3 cr.)
Any Semester - Junior or Senior Years
EDS 375 - Intro to Ed. of Exp Child.** (3 cr.) - May be taken prior to admission
EDS 516 - Behavior Management** (3 cr.)
C. RELATED STUDIES REQUIREMENT
One 3-credit course in Linguistics – (such as LIN 210, 211, 221 212, 310, 317, 318, 319, 509)
D. ADDITIONAL COURSES REQUIRED FOR KY TEACHER CERTIFICATION ONLY
EDP 202 - Human Dev. & Learn.*** (3 cr.)
EPE 301 - Ed. In Amer. Cult.*** (3 cr.)
Oral Comm. (COM 181, 252, etc.) *** (3 cr.)
Written Comm. (ENG 101, ENG 102) *** (3 cr.)
*UK CORE Requirements will usually satisfy the ASHA basic sciences standards*. Please see the Director of Undergraduate Studies for exact details and specifics of these major requirements.
*ASHA Standard III.A. The student must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and the social/behavioral sciences. Applicants must have transcript credit (can include course work, advanced placement, CLEP, or examination of equivalency in each of these areas).
** Courses required for the CSD Program and for Teacher Certification
***Optional courses for the CSD Program but required for Teacher Certification
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Admissions & Advising
Admission is based on cumulative university grade-point average (GPA), ACT or SAT score, letters of recommendation, relevant personal experiences, and the student's letter of application. The Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders typically accepts 35-38 junior level students per year. Students will need to have at least a 3.0 overall GPA to even be considered for admission.
For general admissions help, contact the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs. For more specific program questions, please contact Dr. Richard Andreatta, Director of Undergraduate Studies for CSD (email@example.com).
More information can be found through the Office of the Registrar at http://www.uky.edu/registrar/bulletin-course-catalog and http://www.uky.edu/sites/www.uky.edu.registrar/files/cd_5.pdf