Program Requirements

This degree program can be completed in four years and includes summer semesters. In addition to satisfying all program requirements, you must satisfy all retention requirements to continue in the audiology program.

Program requirements

A minimum of 107 semester hours shall be completed, including the following:

  1. Academic course work requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-A).
  2. Clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-A).
  3. Completion of a Doctoral Project or Thesis.
  4. Comprehensive Examinations.
  5. Praxis examination scores must be submitted prior to graduation.
  6. Clinical Externship

Additional program requirements

Students must pay for and pass both a background/crime records check and drug test prior to their first clinical placement. The CSD Background Check and Drug Testing Policy and Procedure document is available in the CSD Department Office (Professional Building, room 237).

Retention requirements

  1. To remain in the program, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their graduate coursework.
  2. To remain in the program, student must earn a "C" or better in all courses. Any grade below a "C" will not count toward the graduate degree and may be grounds for dismissal from the CSD program. Additionally, accumulation of more than 9 hours of grade "C+" or below will result in program dismissal. Clinical hours from a class where a grade of "C+" or below was earned will not be counted toward required clinical experiences.
  3. Students must progress satisfactorily through the levels of clinical practicum as defined in the Clinic Handbook. Dismissal from a clinical offsite or externship experience will automatically result in a grade of "F" and program dismissal unless it can be proven that extenuating circumstances were present.
  4. Professionalism is expected and HIPAA policies are enforced. Student who violate HIPAA policies and/or display a lack of professionalism (in on-campus classes and clinical experiences as well as off-campus clinical placements) will be subject to program dismissal.
  5. While grades are important, the student’s continuation in the CSD Program is based on the composite picture of the ability of the student to perform satisfactorily in the clinical phase of training as well as the academic components.

The CSD Department reserves the right to refuse enrollment or program continuation to any student. This refusal will be determined by the judgment of the CSD Graduate Faculty and CSD Department Head based upon the student’s ability to successfully complete clinical practicum assignments or to assume patient care responsibilities and/or function as a clinician/teacher.

According to the Missouri State University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, The Codes of Ethics of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and requirements of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, academic integrity and honesty are the foundation of the University community. Students are expected to practice academic and clinical integrity in all assigned work. Students are also expected to be honest in all interactions with other students, faculty, and staff, and be professional in attitude, actions and attire.

The University, and the CSD department, has the inherent right to promulgate appropriate rules and regulations for the orderly conduct of University business and the protection of the health and safety of the University community. Students are expected to comply with all published and stated rules and regulations. If a student is accused of violating any code (theft, academic dishonestly, possession of drugs, etc.) they will be subject to warnings, loss of privileges, probation, suspension, and/or dismissal.