The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers a bachelor of arts degree in speech-language pathology/audiology. The curriculum fulfills preprofessional requirements for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in these disciplines.
Undergraduates obtain an overview of speech production and perception, articulation, fluency, hearing, language and voice. Anatomy and physiology courses provide foundations for understanding normal and abnormal communication processes over the lifespan. Methods of prevention and treatment are also addressed in the curriculum.
A three-course American Sign Language option is available. Students also observe and may assist professionals in The Children's Center, The DuBard School and The Speech and Hearing Clinic.
A-D: Steve Cloud; E-H: Ramesh Bettagere; I-L: C.G. Marx; M-P: Steve Oshrin; Q-T: Mary Schaub; U-Z: Lee Terrio
*assigned by student's last name
The Au.D. degree is an eleven semester, four year program of studies. Students accepted on regular admission status enroll for 12 credit hours in each of their first 8 semesters, then 9 credit hours in each of the remaining 3 semesters. Lectures and seminars are completed in the first three years of the program and address normal and abnormal communication processes, assessment, treatment and prevention techniques over the lifespan. Topics include aural (re)habilitation, cochlear implants, counseling, electrophysiology, hearing aids, hearing conservation, pharmacology and psycho-social aspects.
The curriculum emphasizes writing skills and a knowledge and application of research techniques. Qualifying exams are administered in the spring semester of the second year of the program, and a comprehensive exam is offered in the spring semester of the third year.
First year students complete on-campus practica in The Children's Center, The DuBard School or The Speech and Hearing Clinic. Second year students transition to local audiology practices in the Laurel-Hattiesburg area, while third year students are placed at sites in Jackson and on the Gulf Coast. The fourth year externship is an intensive, 9 month experience with individual placements arranged by the off-campus coordinator.
Graduate program- advanced standing
Application deadline: February 1
Audiology graduate students are admitted full-time in fall semesters. The entire application process is online (click the APPLY link at the top of this page). Applicants should submit either unofficial transcripts* (which applicants can upload themselves) or official transcripts*, GRE scores and 3 letters of recommendation. The online application includes assistantship requests. International applicants should apply to the Center for International Education. All materials should be on file well in advance of the February 1st deadline.
(*Official final transcripts are required be on file in The Graduate School prior to the beginning of students' second semester of study.)
A mandatory two day orientation is held for new graduate students each fall. Students meet the department chair and program directors. Topics of discussion include: academic honesty, clinical policies, code of ethics, complaint/conflict resolution, department policies and procedures, HIPAA, KASA, off-campus assignments, scope of practice and standard (universal) precautions.
The Au.D. education program in audiology at The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700.
Students must pass a standardized examination in Audiology (the PRAXIS II) in order to qualify for national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Any number of states also require the PRAXIS for professional licensure. Students who wish to take the national examination in Audiology are encouraged to do so during the fourth year externship.
Graduate adviser: Lee Terrio
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