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Communication Science and Disorders Graduate Prerequisite (Bridge) Program

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Constance Knight
constance.knight@cci.fsu.edu
(850) 645-9371

Patricia Davis
pdavis2@fsu.edu
(850) 644-9698

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Communication Science and Disorders Graduate Prerequisite (Bridge) Program web site.

The Communication Science and Disorders Prerequisite Program was established to increase access to graduate training programs in Speech-language pathology. Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields must complete coursework represented by this prerequisite program before beginning graduate study in Speech-language pathology at Florida State University (FSU) or most other programs throughout the nation.

Accreditation

Accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

Evening classes online

Time to Completion

3 semesters (2 courses per semester)

Careers

Students who successfully complete the Bridge Program will obtain a broad foundational knowledge in the science of communication as well as the prerequisite coursework and all or the majority of clinical observation hours typically required for entry into most US graduate programs in Speech-language pathology.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • SPA5009 Normal Communication Development and Disorders (4)
    This course provides an overview of the fundamental bases of language development and their disorders. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course are pivotal to preparing future professionals for a variety of careers and scientific inquiry. Knowledge of typical language development is essential for a variety of professions such as working in an educational setting or child-care capacity, working with individuals with communication disorders, or conducting related research. This overview serves as a foundation for advanced coursework.
  • SPA5012 Introduction to Communication Science (4)
    This course provides an overview of the speech sciences. Information integrates scientific material relating to the acoustics, anatomy, and physiology of speech production and perception. Specific topics include sound, respiration, phonation, articulation, audition, and the nervous system along with clinical cases that affect these areas of speech science. This introductory course is expected to serve as a basis for understanding the science of speech and to provide a foundation for advanced graduate-level coursework in speech functions.
  • SPA5033 Introduction to Clinical Audiology (4)
    This course introduces the field and practice of audiology as a prerequisite to graduate studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders or as a supplement to studies in related fields. Topics include the nature, measurement, and perception of sound; basic anatomy and physiology of the human auditory system; the nature, causes, and effects of hearing impairment; basic hearing assessment; treatment options for hearing impairment; as well as information regarding assessment and treatment of special populations.
  • SPA5102 Neurological Basis of Communication (4)
    This course provides an overview of the normal neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of human communication (speech, language, and hearing), while also covering introductory information related to neuropathologies and clinical causes that affect communication.
  • SPA5103 Anatomy & Physiology: Speech/Language & Hearing (4)
    This course provides the foundation for advanced study in communication science and disorders. Understanding the normal structure and function brings about an increased understanding of the pathology present in the myriad of patient populations encountered in future practical experiences as an SLP student clinician and, later, in practice. Students learn about the nature of communication and swallowing, primarily their anatomic, physiologic, acoustic, and perceptual characteristics.
  • SPA5113 Clinical Phonetics (4)
    This course focuses on learning to phonetically transcribe spoken language. Students learn and frequently practice transcription of vowels and consonants at the levels of isolation, syllables, words, phrases, and connected speech. The course also incorporates relevant material covering phonetics as a science, the similarities and differences between spelling and sound, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, clinical phonetics, and dialectal variation in spoken language.

Total Credit Hours

24

Prerequisites

Provide proof of completion of a bachelor's degree in a field other than Communication Science and Disorders at a regionally accredited institution prior to starting the course sequence.

Application Procedures

Submit the Bridge Program Application, complete the admissions essay (the prompt is given and will be scored with a rubric) and send transcripts to the School of Communication Science & Disorders as well as the University.

Fees

The program cost for the 2016-17 school year is $485.00 per credit hour plus applicable fees. This rate is for all incoming students regardless of location. For further questions regarding tuition and fees, please contact the department.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • SPA5012 Introduction to Communication Science (4)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides an overview of the speech sciences. Information integrates scientific material relating to the acoustics, anatomy, and physiology of speech production and perception. Specific topics include sound, respiration, phonation, articulation, audition, and the nervous system along with clinical cases that affect these areas of speech science. This introductory course is expected to serve as a basis for understanding the science of speech and to provide a foundation for advanced graduate-level coursework in speech functions.
  • SPA5058 Clinical Methods (4)
    This course introduces students to clinical practice in speech-language pathology. Students become acquainted with the scope of practice, ethical obligations and supervision of the SLPA, medical billing and documentation, implementing treatment plans, intervention strategies and techniques, service delivery options, behavior management and data collection.
  • SPA5102 Neurological Basis of Communication (4)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides an overview of the normal neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of human communication (speech, language, and hearing), while also covering introductory information related to neuropathologies and clinical causes that affect communication.

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

  • SPA5009 Normal Communication Development and Disorders (4)
    This course provides an overview of the fundamental bases of language development and their disorders. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course are pivotal to preparing future professionals for a variety of careers and scientific inquiry. Knowledge of typical language development is essential for a variety of professions such as working in an educational setting or child-care capacity, working with individuals with communication disorders, or conducting related research. This overview serves as a foundation for advanced coursework.
  • SPA5033 Introduction to Clinical Audiology (4)
    This course introduces the field and practice of audiology as a prerequisite to graduate studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders or as a supplement to studies in related fields. Topics include the nature, measurement, and perception of sound; basic anatomy and physiology of the human auditory system; the nature, causes, and effects of hearing impairment; basic hearing assessment; treatment options for hearing impairment; as well as information regarding assessment and treatment of special populations.
  • SPA5058 Clinical Methods (4)
    This course introduces students to clinical practice in speech-language pathology. Students become acquainted with the scope of practice, ethical obligations and supervision of the SLPA, medical billing and documentation, implementing treatment plans, intervention strategies and techniques, service delivery options, behavior management and data collection.


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