Speech Pathology and Audiology
1410 Lower Campus Road
* Graduate Faculty
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
Degrees Offered: BS in speech pathology and audiology, MS in speech pathology and audiology
The Academic Program
Speech pathology and audiology (SPA) are interrelated disciplines that deal with disorders of speech-language and/or hearing. Audiology is the study of human hearing and the diagnosis and treatment of hearing-related disorders. Speech-language pathology is the study of human communication and its developed or acquired disorders. Through these two disciplines students have the opportunity to deal with a wide variety of disabilities and disorders affecting people of all ages. Speech pathologists and audiologists treat children and adults in public and private practice in a wide variety of settings. A recent report by the federal government projected the combined fields of audiology and speech pathology as one of the fastest growing of the next decade.
The program for speech pathology and audiology at the University of Hawai'i is recognized nationally for its quality and is accredited in both areas. It is one of the few programs in the United States featuring preparation in a multilingual/multicultural environment.
The Division of Speech Pathology and Audiology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Students considering the major may call the Division of Speech Pathology and Audiology to schedule an appointment with an adviser.
Students pursuing a BS degree in speech pathology and audiology should enroll in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences to complete Manoa's General Education Core curriculum and other specific requirements during their first two years of residence. Upon completion of at least 54 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.6, the student should apply to the Division of Speech Pathology and Audiology, School of Medicine, by filing a College and Curriculum Transfer Request form. This form may be filed at any time except during registration periods. For students applying after completion of more than 54 credit hours, the minimum required GPA will be increased.
Students in any UH community college should obtain program outlines from the Division of Speech Pathology and Audiology to familiarize themselves with the pre-SPA requirements so they can complete them during their first two years.
Required specialized courses for the undergraduate major are ordinarily taken in sequence. By taking introductory courses in the summer session, the student may accelerate completion of the required program.
If qualified, students may complete 1 or more credit hours of practicum in audiology.
The department offers the MS degree in speech pathology and audiology, with a specialization in either speech-language pathology or audiology, or a dual concentration of these professional disciplines. Candidates for the MS degree must present a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours in the area of study. Background preparation should include basic courses in speech-language pathology, clinical methodology, audiology, testing of hearing, habilitation and rehabilitation of hearing, speech and hearing science, clinical practicum, and a minimum of 15 credit hours relating to normal development of speech, hearing and language. If a course in statistics is not part of the undergraduate record, one must be completed as part of the graduate program.
For admission as a regular classified graduate student, applicants must present (a) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, (b) a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major and/or in all courses taken during the final four semesters or six quarters of undergraduate preparation, (c) adequate, appropriate undergraduate preparation, and (d) satisfactory performance on Graduate Record Exam.
If undergraduate deficiencies are present, students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 may be considered for admission as conditional graduate students upon application to the Graduate Division. This status can be changed to regular when all deficiencies are removed with at least a B average in all courses taken. Students with the best academic records and with limited or no undergraduate deficiencies will be considered for admission first.
Students who do not meet the general admission requirements or who have extensive undergraduate deficiencies may also choose to enroll as post-baccalaureate unclassified students until admission standards are met. Foreign students are not eligible for post-baccalaureate unclassified status. If an unclassified student completes the first 12 credit hours in SPA with a GPA of less than 3.0, no further registration will be permitted.
Each student will have a preliminary conference with an adviser prior to initial enrollment in courses. This evaluation will include a thorough analysis of previous academic preparation to determine the plan of study, including the removal of undergraduate deficiencies if they exist. Recommendations concerning admission to candidacy for fully qualified students will be made at the end of the first semester of study. The student's adviser will determine action to be taken in this regard. A general examination may be required upon completion of the first semester of study (minimum 12 credit hours).
Under Plan A, 38 credit hours in course work, a thesis (SPA 700--6 credit hours), and a final oral examination on the thesis subject are required. Plan B requires satisfactory completion of 44 credit hours of course work, including SPA 695 or 696 in which a research study is completed. A seminar appearance is also required for Plan B. For both Plan A and Plan B, a final written comprehensive examination in which the student will be examined on his or her course of study is required.
The median time required for completion of this program by an individual admitted with no undergraduate deficiencies is two years.
Continued enrollment and completion of the master's program require both satisfactory academic progress to maintain minimum Graduate Division GPA standards and demonstrated clinical proficiency in clinical practicum in speech-language pathology and audiology.
Each classified and unclassified graduate student is personally responsible for knowing any additional information and regulations contained in the Catalog and the informational circular available through the Division of Speech Pathology and Audiology. If questions arise, the student's adviser should be consulted.
These programs are designed so that students who complete either Plan A or Plan B will meet the academic requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology, audiology, or both, as established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (the national certifying authority). Students must complete all academic and practical training requirements for national certification, as well as departmental requirements, to qualify for the master's degree. Following graduation, students may qualify for national certification by taking and passing an examination in their area(s) and successfully completing a nine-month clinical fellowship in their area(s) of training. Upon certification (and, in most states, licensure), an individual may secure employment and/or engage in private practice in his or her area(s) of training.
Admission to courses requires graduate standing, except for certain senior students in their last semester of undergraduate study, and permission of the graduate chair. All graduate courses in the division require instructor's consent.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic is operated by the Division of Speech Pathology and Audiology of the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Staff members and supervised student clinicians provide diagnostic and therapeutic services without charge to children, University students, and other members of the community.