The Essential Functions of Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing establish the expectations and requisite abilities considered necessary for professionals in the field of audiology, speech-language pathology and education of the deaf and hard of hearing. Students in the MSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders/ are to achieve the level of competency required for graduation and practice. It is recognized that degrees of ability vary widely among individuals. Admission candidates who feel they may not be able to acquire the essential functions set forth are encouraged to contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Any admission candidate who may require academic accommodations to fulfill the essential functions due to a disability is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, Office of Student Life and Development at 417-836-4192 (voice) or 417-836-6792 (TTY). The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University seeks to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities are not denied admission or subject to discrimination in admissions. The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete their course of study.
The following Essential Functions are consistent with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association or Council on the Education of the Deaf clinical skill performance guidelines and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines expected of the first year speech-language therapists in public schools. All essential functions are introduced and coached within CSD coursework and practicum.
- Participate in professional responsibilities/activities for up to four-hour blocks of time with one or two breaks.
- Move independently to, from, and within the work setting.
- Provide for one’s own personal hygiene.
- Manipulate screening/diagnostic materials, including completion of screening/evaluation protocols.
- Effectively implement necessary treatment plan appropriate for the patient, including use of materials/instrumentation and data collection.
- Provide a safe environment for others in responding quickly to emergency situations including fire, choking, etc., and in application of universal precautions (standardized approach to infection control).
- Visually monitor patient responses and materials.
- Make accurate judgments about speech and/or acoustic signals (requirements might vary for students in the EDHH program).
Behavioral and Social Attributes:
- Maintain emotional and mental health required for use of intellectual abilities, prompt completion of responsibilities, and development of appropriate relationships with patients and colleagues.
- Maintain composure and emotional stability in demanding situations.
- Adapt to changing environments and situations.
- Communicate effectively with people in person, by phone, and in written form by considering the communication needs and cultural values of the listener (requirements might vary for students in the EDHH program).
- Understand and respect supervisory authority.
- Maintain appropriate professional behavior, including punctuality and regular attendance.
- Demonstrate compassion, integrity, interest, and motivation in delivering professional services to other individuals.
- Participate in collaboration with other professionals.
- Demonstrate the mental capacity to learn and assimilate professional information, including the ability to read and comprehend professional literature and reports.
- Solve clinical problems through critical analysis.
- Seek relevant case information, synthesize, and apply concepts and information from various sources and disciplines.
- Write discipline-specific papers and clinical reports in English.
- Speak Standard American English intelligibly, including the ability to model English phonemes (requirements might vary for students in the EDHH program).
- Analyze, synthesize, and interpret ideas and concepts in academic and diagnostic/treatment settings.
- Maintain attention and concentration for sufficient time to complete clinical activities for up to four-hour blocks of time with one or two breaks.
- Schedule and prioritize activities, and provide documentation in a timely manner.
- Comply with administrative, legal, and regulatory policies.