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2020 Summer Semester COVID19 Updates

KUMC has aligned with Wyandotte County and the State of Kansas for reopening guidelines.

Clinical practicum experiences for students in the MA SLP and AuD programs will be provided though a mix of clinical simulation experiences, telehealth, and in-person practicum experiences. Departmental clinic directors have been, and will continue to be, in touch with students regarding their assigned rotations and expectations associated with those assignments.

Summer-term courses will be taught online (either synchronously or asynchronously) as the content allows. Plans are being developed to accommodate the small number of courses that have a lab component. Those lab exercises will be completed later in the summer term. Individual course instructors will be in contact with students regarding specific plans for the relevant courses.

Research activities are gradually resuming on campus via carefully developed lab safety plans. Research activities that can be completed on-line will continue in that format. Lab PIs with approved safety plans will work with students affiliated with those labs regarding the resumption of research activities. Do email us at tjohnson7@kumc.edu if you have any questions.


Our admission policies are unchanged and letter grades are required for prerequisite courses. For those individuals already admitted for Fall 2020 who still have prerequisite courses to complete during the Spring 2020 semester, we will accept the credit/no-credit option as satisfying the prerequisite provided a passing grade is received. In future application cycles, prerequisites taken for credit/non-credit during the spring 2020 semester will be accepted when a passing grade is earned. Applicants will be evaluated for admission based on the courses receiving a letter grade.


No additional information. Please refer to the general information regarding the School of Health Professions that is accessible via KU School of Health Professions website. Do email us at tjohnson7@kumc.edu if you have any questions.


In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the KU School of Health Professions continues to monitor the trend of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.

The school has implemented actions intended to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the interest of protecting the health of visitors, patients, students, and employees.


The Department of Hearing and Speech prepared a department-specific plan and provided that to the Office of the Dean for review. Upon approval, these plans were communicated to faculty, staff, and students.

Students in the audiology clinical doctorate program:

  • Starting March 16, all AUD classes will be held online via BlackBoard learning management.
  • All clinical activities for students at KU Medical Center will be cancelled March 16 to March 27. Decisions regarding activities following March 27 will be announced when available.
  • Students performing clinical activities at external sites should continue their participation in accordance with that site's procedures and schedule. Students that feel sick should not participate in clinical activities and shall communicate with the site supervisor.
  • Faculty member Lauren Mann will be in communication with all external clinical sites and will contact students with additional information as it becomes available.

Students in the speech-language pathology master's degree program:

  • KU Medical Center instructors teaching first eight-week classes and ongoing 16-week classes (Jackson and Mujica) will contact students re: extended timelines for completing assignments due the week of March 16-20. All instructors will provide information to students about their specific courses.
  • Second eight-week classes and continuing 16-week classes will be held online via BlackBoard learning management starting the week of March 23-27.
  • All clinical activities for students at KU Medical Center and KU Lawrence campus will be cancelled March 16 to March 27. Decisions regarding activities following March 27 will be announced when available.
  • Students in a current field study placement may continue to participate in accordance with that placement's procedures and schedule. Students that feel sick should not participate in clinical activities and shall communicate with the site supervisor.

Students in research doctorate programs and speech-language pathology doctorate program:

  • Classes based on the KU Lawrence campus are cancelled for the week March 16 to March 20. Starting March 23, these courses will be delivered online via BlackBlard learning management.
  • Classes based on the KU Medical Center campus will be held online for the week March 16 to March 27 via BlackBlard learning management.
  • Research and capstone projects will be discussed between mentor and student to make arrangements as appropriate.

The department's main office remains open at this time. However, most faculty and staff are working remotely from home as recommended during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • For questions from prospective students regarding the M.A. SLP or Ph.D. degree programs: contact Brittney Tyler-Milholland.
  • For questions from prospective students regarding the Au.D. or SLP.D. degree programs: contact Angela Carrasco.
  • For questions from current students related to M.A. SLP clinic enrollment at KU Medical Center (field study or practicum): contact Debby Daniels or Lindsey Heidrick.
  • For questions from current students related to Au.D. clinic enrollment: contact Lauren Mann.
  • For questions about scheduling patients in the KU Medical Center Speech Clinic: contact Laura Melo.
  • For questions about scheduling patients in the KU HealthPartners Hearing Clinic: contact Maria Moreno.
  • For current student questions related to academic courses: contact the instructor of record.
  • For all other inquiries: contact Tiffany Johnson.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.

Last modified: May 30, 2020

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