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Course Descriptions

All SLP Prep courses are 100% online. Each course includes mandatory 1 hour weekly live chat sessions with the instructor. Typically, these sessions are held in the evenings. Dates and times will be specified prior to each semester.

View the current yearly course sequence for the SLP Prep Program.

  • SLP 150 (3) Introduction to Communicative Sciences and Disorders
     An orientation to a career in speech-language pathology.  An overview of the numerous speech, language, cognitive, swallowing, and hearing disorders that speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat.
  • SLP 201 (3) Hearing Disorders and Measurement
    In this course, students will review the anatomy of the auditory and vestibular systems and explore peripheral and central disorders which can affect hearing and balance.  Students will classify disorders of hearing by etiology, location within the auditory systems, and effect on communication.  Students will investigate the current assessments available to evaluate hearing and balance and the results provided by the assessments.
  • SLP 251 (3) Language Development and Assessment for Practitioners
    Serves as a general introduction to the study of language acquisition and assessment. Principles of typical and atypical first and second language acquisition will be examined. Students will read and explore how theoretical viewpoints and evidence-based practice influences their approach to acquisition and assessment of typical and atypical language development. Students will gain “explicit” knowledge in language assessment and analysis techniques of natural speech.
  • SLP 320 (3) Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    Explores the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing including respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation and perception. An introduction to the central and peripheral nervous system also is provided. Enrollment restricted to students who have completed the Lower-Division General Education requirement in Life Science (B2).
  • SLP 357 or *PHYS 357 (3) The Science of Speech and Hearing
    This course provides a foundation in speech science with application for research and clinical application in communication sciences and disorders. Students will learn the fundamental processes underlying the production and perception of speech and the psychological and acoustic aspects of sound and its measurement. Normal physical processes and principles underlying speech and hearing will serve as a framework for understanding abnormal functioning. Clinical applications will be used to demonstrate the importance of speech science in relation to clinical practice.
    *Lower Division GE credit is given with PHYS 357. This meets the ASHA requirement for Physical Science.
  • SLP 364 (3) The Role of Cultural Diversity in Schooling
    This course explores cultural and linguistic diversity as critical variables in achieving educational equity for ALL students.  Major units include intensive theoretical and practical articulation of culture and cultural pluralism; educational issues of race, class, gender, language, ethnicity, and exceptionality; social, structural, programmatic and curricular issues; and effective teaching for diverse populations.
  • SLP 391 (3) Clinical Phonetics
    Students learn to describe, analyze and transcribe typically produced and disordered speech sounds. The importance and application of phonetic transcription in the assessment of individuals with communication disorders is examined.  Students will learn techniques for citation and intelligibility assessment.  Knowledge of typical and disordered development is incorporated to aid in diagnostic and therapy decisions.  Students analyze child and adult speech samples to differentially diagnose articulation and phonological disorders.
  • SLP 450 (3) Diagnostics for Speech-Language Pathologists
    Consideration of the general role of evaluation in speech and language therapy with intensive study of diagnostic tests and procedures used to assess communication disorders.
  • SLP 491 (3) Neural Correlates for Speech, Language, & Swallowing Functions
    This course will cover the neurological underpinnings of typical speech, language and swallowing functions across the lifespan. It will also introduce the role of the peripheral and central nervous system in communication and swallowing functions.
  • EDUC 380 (3) Applications in Child and Youth Development
    Considers the social, cultural, cognitive, emotional, linguistic, and behavioral development of children and adolescents from multidisciplinary, multicultural, and applied perspectives.  Students will learn major theories of development in order to apply that knowledge to their work in evidence-based services and programs for children and youth. Course includes a field experience component through which students will consider how their in-class learning is enacted in the lived experiences of children and youth. Special attention is given to identifying multicultural and sociocultural influences on development.
  • MATH 142 (3) Basic Statistics (Formerly MATH 242)
    Covers types of data; descriptive statistics; types of studies; probability and sampling distributions; statistical inference; correlation and linear regression; chi-square, t-tests, and F-test; interpretation of the relevance of the statistical findings. Includes the application of technology for statistical analysis from disciplines including business, social sciences, psychology, life science, health science, and education. Enrollment restricted to students who completed the entry-level mathematics requirement (ELM).