Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires students have courses in four areas:
- Biological sciences should emphasize content related to human or animal sciences. Students are required to enroll in BIO 131 – Human Anatomy & Physiology. This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Explorations: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World – Natural & Physical Sciences.
- Physical sciences include physics or chemistry. Students are encouraged to enroll in PHYS 130 – Acoustics of Music and Speech.* This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Explorations: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World – Natural & Physical Sciences.
- Social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health. Students are required to enroll in PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology. This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Explorations: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World – Social & Behavioral Sciences.
A stand-alone course in statistics is required (a course in research methodology does not meet this requirement). Students are encouraged to enroll in one of the following statistics classes: MATH 183 – Introduction to Statistics (This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Foundations: Intellectual and Practical Skills – Quantitative Reasoning), PH 383 – Biostatistics in Health Services, SOCL 300 – Using Statistics in Sociology or PSY 301 – Statistics in Psychology.
Students admitted to WKU Fall 2019 and after are required to take BIOL 131 - Human Anatomy and Physiology and ENG 300 - Writing in the Disciplines.
The department will look specifically at the last 60 hours coursework and determine the GPA for this portion of your coursework. We require a 3.20 GPA for the last 60 hours coursework. This GPA is what will be used as a criteria for admission to the program. To figure your own last 60 hours GPA look at your college credits, begin at last semester completed and work backwards until you have 60 hours worth of credit, if this stops in the middle of a semester then you must add the remaining hours for that semester (this will give you more than 60 hours). Figure the GPA for those courses using strictly A, B, C, etc. No +/-. We round up from the third decimal therefore a 3.17 does not qualify as that is less than 3.20.GPA calculators are available on the internet to assist in calculating your GPA, however, please keep in mind that the GPA calculator provides only a "guesstimation" of the GPA.
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last degree earned or the degree in progress
Yes. To accept your seat, you must include a $300 deposit with your acceptance letter. It will be applied to your first semester’s tuition. However, if you decide not to attend our program, you will NOT receive a refund. The deposits must be paid by cashier’s check or money order only – NO personal checks, cash or debit/credit cards.
There are 8 core classes and 4 basic sciences that must be completed prior to beginning any graduate courses. Those courses are:
CD 405 Applied Phonetics
CD 481 Normal Speech & Language Development
CD 483 Articulation Disorders (or CD 440 which combines Artic and Language Disorders)
CD 484 Speech Anatomy & Physiology
CD 485 Diagnostic Procedures for Communication Disorders
CD 482 Audiology
CD 486 Language Disorders (or CD 440 – which combines Artic and Language Disorders)
CD 347 Science of Speech and Hearing (formally titled: Bases of Speech)Basic Sciences (one 3 credit course from each of the following categories; suggested course types are listed in parentheses): ASHA does not accept remedial-level courses, methodology courses (methods of teaching), or courses modified for CD such as speech science (which includes some acoustics, but would be credited as a basic CD processes course). **WKU only accepts
CLEP exams or AP credit for credit by exam** **WKU does not accept DANTES exams unless a person is on active military duty**
Biological Science (Intro to General Biology, Human Biology, Ecology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, or CLEP: Natural Science or Biology)
Statistics: A 3 credit course in any STATISTICS course. Research Methods courses are not acceptable. Examples: Introductory Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Statistics in Social Work, Psychology Statistics, etc.
Social Science (Behavioral) Psychology (including Dev. Psych or Applied Behavioral Analysis), Sociology, Anthropology, Human Geography, Gerontology, CLEP: Psychology)Physical Science Physics, Acoustics (not the same as speech and hearing sciences), Chemistry, CLEP: Chem.
A maximum of 25 observation hours and 50 clinical (treatment or evaluation) hours from undergraduate may be transferred to the graduate program with department approval. All clinical hours earned while enrolled in a graduate communication disorders program will apply toward the 400 hours required by ASHA. However, graduate students must fully complete SLP 590 Clinical Internship and six credit hours of SLP 591 Clinical Externship meeting the minimum requirements for each section completed. At least 200 hours must be completed through WKU.
Policies for transferring observation and clinical hours:
Students must complete 25 hours of observation prior to beginning the graduate program or during the first semester of the program. Observation hours must be earned under the auspices of university coursework. (See procedure under policy 4b)
Students will be allowed to transfer a maximum of 25 observation hours and a maximum of 50 clinical clock hours from an undergraduate clinical experience. PROCEDURE: Transfer hours must be submitted in writing. A written statement from the program director or designee of the institution where the hours were earned is required. The statement must indicate that the hours were earned under the supervision of an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. The statement MUST be a signed document on official letterhead from the institution. The letter should be mailed to the CSD departmental address to the attention of Catherine Martin or sent to email@example.com via email. Observation hours do not have to be listed or broken down into categories. However, if you have clinical hours that need to be transferred, those do need to be specific and categorized by child/adult, hearing, treatment/diagnostic, and according to the 9 areas of competency.
Summative evaluations are required by WKU Graduate School and our accrediting agency. This department uses the departmental comprehensive exam as the summative evaluation. Students who successfully defend a thesis are exempt from taking this comprehensive exam.
The dates for passing the comprehensive exam are:
- If graduating in Spring: January 15 - May 15
- If graduating in Summer: April 15 - August 15
- If graduating in Fall: August 15 - December 15