Course Descriptions

The program requires a minimum of 52 graduate hours. Students choosing the thesis option can count up to 6 credit hours of CSDM 5201-Thesis toward the 52 graduate hour minimum; those choosing the research project option can count up to 3 credit hours of CSDM 5363-Independent Research toward the 51 hour minimum. The non-thesis option requires students to complete an independent research project.  Students must pass comprehensive examinations. A degree is awarded upon successful completion of all academic and practicum requirements for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Health Professions and of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Students are academically qualified for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology at graduation. More specific information about program requirements can be secured by contacting the UAMS College of Health Professions.

CSDM 5013—Research Methods in Communication Disorders
Introduction to research methodologies in audiology and speech pathology. Includes prospectus development, funding sources, data collection and analysis, and professional research writing and editing in communicative disorders and/or speech sciences.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5042—Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Theory, design, and organization of nonverbal communication systems. Emphasis on considerations for choosing specific devices for particular clients. Includes manual, graphic, electronic, and mechanical systems.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5051—Practicum
Applied, supervised practicum experiences for graduate students that encompass the full current scope of practice with both adults and children from culturally diverse backgrounds.  (Variable Credit, Clinic)

CSDM 5073—Advanced Anatomy and Physiology for Speech
Investigates the anatomy and physiology of speech and language. Topics include respiration, phonation, articulation, and neurological control of speech and language, and embryological development of the speech structures.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5093—Neurogenic Language Disorders
Assessment procedures and intervention techniques for acquired neurogenic language disorders in adults. Covers language disorders secondary to cerebrovascular accident, traumatic brain injury, and dementia.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5113—Language Assessment and Therapy
Acquisition of first language competence in relationship to language behavior. Includes the phonological, morphological, syntactical, and semantic components of language. Language deviations-emphasis on symptomology, etiology, evaluation, and therapy. Language testing and therapy explored in the second half of the course.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5114—Cognitive Communication Disorders
This course will provide an overview of cognitive and linguistic systems that aid in communication.  This includes an overview of cognitive functions, as well as principles of cognitive rehabilitation.  It will emphasize the  relationship between cognition and communicative abilities in healthy aging and neurocognitive disorders:  dementia, traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere damage, and left neglect. (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5122—Fluency Disorders
Procedures, theories, and therapeutic techniques in the treatment of various types and degrees of stuttering and cluttering in adults and children.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5133—Infant-Toddler Communication: Development- Assessment
Investigates prelinguistic/early linguistic communication and feeding/swallowing development. Multidisciplinary assessment and intervention for infants and toddlers (birth to five) with special needs and their families. Current formal and informal assessment tools and techniques, current intervention strategies, enhancing the therapeutic process across environments, utilizing team collaboration, and facilitating parent-infant interaction.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5142—Sociolinguistics
The linguistic structure of language, nature, and forms of symbolic behavior. Human uses of symbols from various groups and socio-economic levels, particularly in communication. Prerequisite: Courses in phonetics and normal language acquisition.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5152—Organization and Administration
Organization, administration and accreditation of school, university, and community programs.  Private practice and billing procedures. Various and alternative career opportunities including corporate speech pathology practice. Issues related to medicaid, medicare and other third party payers, as well as current legislation.  Governmental and professional practice issues.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5163—Auditory Based Speech/Language Intervention
Auditory-based speech and language intervention with infants and toddlers who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.  Emphasis is on the principles of the normal developmental sequence of listening skills, assessment of skills obtained within the hierarchy, and intervention aimed at teaching skills not yet acquired.  Auditory based intervention for infants and toddlers requires family participation; therefore, learning styles of parents and caregivers will be discussed.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5173—Counseling in Communication Disorders
Principles of counseling for working with persons with communication disorders and their families throughout the lifespan. Students review major theories of counseling and select those most useful for the various settings and practices of audiology and speech pathology. Students  demonstrate their understanding of the counseling process through case presentations.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5183—Advanced Articulation Disorders
Advanced study of functional and organic articulation disorders, variables related to articulation, assessment and diagnosis of articulation disorders, and therapeutic procedures.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5192—Neurogenic Speech Disorders
Assessment procedures and intervention techniques for acquired neurogenic speech disorders in adults, especially dysarthria and verbal and oral apraxia.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5201—Thesis
Thesis students must register for a total of 6 semester hours; one (1) to six (6) credit hours per semester. Prerequisite:    CSDM 5013.  (Variable Credits, Laboratory)

CSDM 5202—Topics in Speech-Language Pathology
A seminar offered for special projects or topics related to procedures and instrumentation,  theoretical foundations, assessment, clinical, or rehabilitative speech-language pathology. May be repeated for additional credit not to exceed 9 hours.  (Variable Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5213—Dysphagia
Examines normal oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal swallowing function in adults and children including neurology, physiology, and the effects of aging. Swallowing disorders discussed with an emphasis on oral and pharyngeal function. Various methods of evaluation, as well as current management and treatment options.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5233—Audiologic Rehabilitation: Children
Audiometric evaluation procedures and the habilitation/ rehabilitation of infants and children with hearing loss. Emphasis is placed on the determination of appropriate remediation, language and speech therapy, auditory training, and counseling parents for home programming.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5243—Audiologic Rehabilitation: Adult
Principles of audiologic rehabilitation for adults, including diagnosis, counseling, use of amplification and other assistive devices, and communication strategies. Various models of audiologic rehabilitation presented.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5262—Craniofacial Speech Disorders
Provides an understanding of speech disorders often associated with craniofacial differences. Information presented on craniofacial development, relevant anatomy and physiology, as well as procedures for evaluation (both behavioral and instrumental) and treatment of craniofacial speech disorders. A team approach to care is emphasized.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5273—Advanced Differential Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders
Advanced study in differential diagnosis of speech and language disorders of children and adults. Proficiency in the use and interpretation of standardized assessment procedures. Prerequisite: an under-graduate course in diagnostic methods or its equivalent.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5282—Assessment and Treatment of Literacy Disorders
An introduction to the characteristics, definitions, etiologies, assessment, and therapeutic procedures in the treatment of children diagnosed with learning disabilities.  Emphasis placed on the scope of practice for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the due process procedures for these children.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5293—Multicultural Issues
Systematic analysis of cultural similarities and differences.  Examine cultural differences, verbal and nonverbal, in the clinical setting.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5304—Independent Study in Communication Disorders
Prerequisites:  Consent of the instructor. Directed readings in audiology and/or speech/language pathology, individual discussion with a faculty member.  May be repeated for up to six (6) hours of credit.  Offered as needed.  (Variable Credit, Lecture/Laboratory)

CSDM 5353—Voice Disorders
Assessment procedures and rehabilitative techniques for voice disorders in children and adults. Instrumental and behavioral approaches, as well as medical and/or surgical treatment approaches.  A team approach to care is emphasized.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

CSDM 5363—Independent Research
Research or individual investigation for graduate students. Credits earned may be applied toward meeting degree requirements if the program approves and if a letter grade is given. Repeated registration is permitted. Prerequisite:  CSDM 5013.  (Variable Credit, Laboratory)