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Communication Disorders

Program & Course Descriptions

Speech-Language Pathology
The Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders with emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology is designed to provide students with the theoretical, clinical, and research knowledge and skills necessary to prepare speech-language pathologists to work in all aspects of their profession. Academic course work along with practicum experiences on campus, in schools, hospitals, and various clinical environments are integral parts of the learning experience at Minot State University. All graduate students will be trained in the interdisciplinary model.

Applicants for the masterís degree in Communication Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology at Minot State University must have an earned bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university in Communication Disorders or have completed a Post-Baccalaureate Program in Communication Disorders. Admission to the Communication Disorders Graduate Program is a competitive process. To be considered for admission, applicants must a) have a minimum 3.25 grade point average for the last 4 years or last 60 hours,b) submit their scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), c) have a minimum of 3.5 on the writing portion of the GRE, and d) have three strong recommendations. Qualified applicants will then be rank-ordered based on last 60-hour grade point average, GRE scores, and recommendations.

Typically, a large number of qualified applicants to the graduate program are received. Applicants who are not admitted in the first round may be placed on a waiting list for admission. Factors to be considered for students on the waiting list will include completion of undergraduate or post-baccalaureate program at Minot State, North Dakota or Minnesota resident, successful undergraduate clinical practicum experience, and volunteer experience relevant to the field of communication disorders.

The graduate curriculum in Speech-Language Pathology is not independent of the undergraduate course requirements and competencies at Minot State University. Students who have an undergraduate major in Speech-Language Pathology and meet the course and competency requirements of Minot State University may be able to complete the Masters Program in five terms, including a one semester final practicum off campus. Students who do not have an undergraduate major in Speech-Language Pathology may apply to the undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate Program. It will take approximately two and one half full years including a minimum of two summer terms for a student who does not have the undergraduate prerequisites to complete the masterís degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Students may choose one of the two options in their Masterís Degree Programs. The first option is a non-thesis option which requires the student to successfully pass a four-hour written and a one-hour oral comprehensive examination. The second option requires a student to complete and successfully defend a masterís thesis in an oral examination. All students must take the National Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology. Students who plan to pursue advanced graduate training are strongly encouraged to choose the thesis option.

Required Courses:
Speech Language Pathology
CD 501 Introduction to Graduate Studies                               3 SH
CD 502 Early Intervention & Interdisciplinary Studies                 2 SH
CD 511 Clinical Practicum:  Therapy (taken 3 times)                   3 SH
CD 513 Clinical Practicum:  Testing                                   3 SH
CD 516 Public School Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology          6-12 SH
CD 517 Advanced External Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology      6-12 SH
CD 520 Fluency Disorders                                              3 SH
CD 522 Neurogenic Communication Disorders                             3 SH
CD 524 Neurologically Based Speech Disorders                          3 SH
CD 526 Applied Phonology                                              3 SH
CD 528 Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology                        3 SH
CD 532 Voice and Resonance Disorders                                  4 SH
CD 534 Adolescent Communication                                       2 SH
CD 535 Dysphagia                                                      3 SH
CD 536 AAC: Multiple Disabilities                                     3 SH
CD 538 Language and Literacy                                          3 SH
CD 539 Audiology for the SLP                                          2 SH
CD 540 Supervision and Professional Issues in SLP                     2 SH
CD 545 Public School Methods                                          2 SH

Minimum Total Graduate Program
Credits Required                                                     56 SH

Course Descriptions

CD 500 Workshops (1-3 SH)

CD 501 Introduction to Graduate Studies (4 SH) The methodology and procedures of educational research, and computer use for the Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist. Required of all graduate students. An examination of the types of research techniques most commonly used in the academic areas and their proper utilization. A survey of computer skills typically utilized by professionals in communication disorders.

CD 502 Early Interv.-Interdisciplinary Study (2 SH) A course on interdisciplinary assessment and service delivery for children birth to five years of age. This course will prepare students for early intervention with infants and toddlers at risk for or presenting communication disorders.

CD 503 Grad Seminar in Research (1-3 SH) The seminar is available to any graduate student considering or actively pursuing a thesis in any area of communication disorders, with any advisor. Priority attention will be given to students who have actually started the thesis process. Students not actually into the thesis process will be expected to participate in problem solving, and other activities of critical thinking. Each student will provide a weekly update of research and writing activities. In this way, actual problems may be confronted as they occur. Students may rehearse thesis presentation and defense, ask and answer questions about research process and results, and prepare themselves for actual thesis committee meetings. The scientific process, methods for organization and analysis of data, manuscript content, ethical standards, and The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association will be stressed.

CD 511 Clinical Practicum: Therapy (2-4 SH) Supervised practicum in a clinical setting as assigned by the Clinic Coordinator. Based on the studentís clinical track, assignments are made to MSU Pediatric Clinic, MSU Adult Clinic, or other community sites, such as schools, acute care and long-term facilities.

CD 513 Clinical Practicum: Testing (2-4 SH) Principles and procedures for advanced communication evaluations. Practical experience with techniques and procedures for differential diagnosis. A student must accrue designated American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) clock hours in diagnosis.

CD 516 Public School Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology (6-12 SH) Supervised public school therapy in Speech-Language Pathology. Required for all students intending to seek employment in the public schools. This practicum will be one semester in length and the student must complete 100 hours of supervised clinical practicum.

CD 517 Advanced External Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology (6-12 SH) This will be a final major practicum to be a full semester in length and in a site other than Minot State University or MSU related clinics.

CD 520 Fluency Disorders (3 SH) A study of the historical and current theories for stuttering with attention to a review of published research.

CD 521 Speech-Language Development & Disorders (4 SH) The study of speech language development and disorders of children. Inter-relationships among personal, social, academic, speech and language skills are covered. Academic modifications and coordination with specialized personnel are emphasized. (For non-majors)

CD 522 Neurogenic Communication Disorders (3 SH) This course will investigate what happens when an individualís acquired communication abilities are impaired. It will provide a general review of neurology of speech and language. Further it will study nervous system pathology, symptoms, diagnosis and management of a variety of adult neurologic communication disorders including those associated with aphasia, right hemisphere syndrome, traumatic brain injury and dementia.

CD 524 Neuro-Based Speech Disorders (3 SH) The clinical diagnosis and management of communication and swallowing disorders having an underlying neurological basis. Included will be a review of pertinent medical and clinical literature pertaining to the various disorders and associated problems.

CD 526 Phonological Disabilities (3 SH) This course is designed to give students knowledge of theoretical positions influencing the development of a conceptual framework to understand, evaluate and provide therapy for individuals with phonological disabilities.

CD 528 Diagnostic Methods: Speech-Language Pathology (3 SH) A review and critical analysis of tools and techniques used in diagnosis of speech and language disorders. The student must observe diagnostic procedures and be competent in the execution of diagnostic tools.

CD 530 Cleft Palate (2 SH) A study of the causes and treatment of orofacial clefts, the treatment of communication problems that are secondary to those anomalies, as well as observations of diagnostic evaluations and treatment recommendations of the Minot Cleft Palate Team. A review of pertinent clinical literature will be included as a course requirement.

CD 532 Voice Disorders (3 SH) A course which primarily investigates the common etiologies and pathologies associated with laryngeal voice disorders. Included are techniques for both the perceptual and instrumental analysis of voice, acoustic, aerodynamic, and the evaluation of vocal fold movement patterns through videostroboscopy. Understanding these diagnostic procedures will lead to the initiation of a wide range of treatment procedures. In addition, this course will familiarize the student with the postoperative anatomy, physiology and treatment of the laryngectomized patient. A review of the pertinent medical and clinical literature pertaining to both laryngeal and alaryngeal voice will be included as a course requirement.

CD 534 Adolescent Communication (2 SH) Study of the history, nature, evaluation and treatment of language disorders in adolescents.

CD 535 Dysphagia (3 SH) This course will cover normal physiology of deglutition followed by abnormalities, including congenital, acquired neurological or surgical, that can result in dysphagia. Bedside and radiographic evaluation of swallowing dysfunctions will be included, as well as the multidisciplinary team approach to treatment and management.

CD 536 AAC: Multiple Disabilities (3 SH) This course addresses the communication needs of and services for persons with severe or multiple disabilities. The course addresses both assessment and intervention issues emphasizing functional communication in the individualís natural environments. Both high and low-tech augmentative and alternative communication systems are reviewed. Review of related current literature is required.

CD 538 Language & Literacy (3 SH) Capstone course in language with emphasis on 1) language, linguistic, literacy, and pragmatic concepts, 2) interprofessional relationships, 3) development of intervention programs, and 4) service delivery modes.

CD 539 Audiology for the SLP (2 SH) The underlying neurological systems, behavioral manifestations, procedures for assessment, diagnosis and management of central auditory processing disorders as it relates to language, learning, and academics in preschool and school age populations.

CD 540 Supervision and Professional Issues in SLP (2 SH) This course is designed to explore supervisory, collaborative and administrative skills necessary for speech-language pathologists in professional employment. Theories and processes of clinical supervision will be examined along the continuum from supervising SLP paraprofessionals to peer supervision. Topics will include methods for observing and evaluating supervisees, planning and executing supervisory conferences, and data collection. Research in the field of supervision and administration will be examined with an emphasis on practical application.

CD 589 Continuing Enrollment (0 SH) Required enrollment for students previously enrolled in thesis or project credits who have not completed the credits by the end of the semester enrolled. Fee required.

CD 590 Seminar in Communication Disorders (1-3 SH) A special course of study related to a specific problem or unique area of concentration relative to audiology offered to any number of qualified graduate students upon request.

CD 592 Special Topics (1-3 SH) Opportunity is provided to read literature in speech-language pathology or related professional disciplines on an individual basis to meet student needs and interests.

CD 597 Independent Study (1-3 SH) Student initiated study under the direction of a faculty member.

CD 599 Thesis (1-3 SH) Individual research culminating in a thesis.