Technical Standards

The Ph.D. degrees in audiology and speech-language pathology signifies that the holder is ready to engage in a research career. Therefore, all individuals admitted to the University of Kansas Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders must meet the following abilities and expectations with or without accommodation(s). KU is an AA/EO/Title XI institution.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations will be considered and may be made to qualified students who disclose a disability, so long as such accommodation does not significantly alter the essential requirements of the curriculum and the training program, or significantly affect the safety of patient care. Students who disclose a disability are considered for the program if otherwise qualified. Qualified students with a disability who wish to request accommodations should provide appropriate documentation of disability and submit a request for accommodation to one of the following offices:

Cynthia Ukoko
Senior Coordinator for Academic Accommodations
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, MS 4029
Kansas City, KS 66160
cukoko@kumc.edu
913-588-7035; 711 TTY

Andrew Shoemaker
Director
Academic Achievement & Access Center
1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 22
Lawrence, KS 66045
shoe@ku.edu
785-864-4064; 711 TTY

The culminating activity in the preparation of a researcher is the ability to formulate, conduct and disseminate research. In the academic arena, teaching skills usually also are required. Therefore, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree must be able to make correct observations and have the skills of measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.

All students admitted to the KU Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders must be able to meet the following requirements and expectations with or without accommodation(s).

Observation/Sensory Motor

  • Observe demonstrations and learn from experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and other research settings.
  • Carry out research techniques including the operation of complex, electronic instrumentation. Some types of research may involve the functional use of the senses in order to palpate certain areas of the patients’ head and neck or to observe the function of the head and neck.
  • Interpret and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and video.
  • Observe and respond to subtle cues of participant’s moods, temperament, and social behavior.

Physical/Psychomotor

  • Perform actions requiring coordination of both gross and fine muscular movement, equilibrium and use of the senses.
  • Respond quickly in research situations, not only for safety, but also therapeutically.
  • Travel to numerous research sites for practical experience.
  • Use an electronic keyboard to operate instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit information.

Communication

  • Be able to share and to elicit information from participants, mentors, peers and other research collaborators verbally and in a recorded format.
  • Effectively, confidently, and sensitively converse with participants and their families.
  • Interpret and comprehend technical and professional materials.
  • Prepare papers, produce reports, and complete documentation for research purposes.
  • Assimilate information from written sources (texts, journals, medical/school records).
  • Take paper, computer, and laboratory examinations and prepare scholarly papers.

Judgment

  • Demonstrate judgment in the classroom, laboratory, and other research situations that shows the intellect and emotional health necessary to make mature, sensitive, and effective decisions in the following areas:
    • Relationships with professors, collaborators, peers, and participants
    • Professional and ethical behavior
    • Effectiveness of research approaches.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale and justification for one’s performance.
  • Critically evaluate one’s own performance and be flexible toward change to promote professional and research process.
  • Recognize and correct behaviors disruptive to classroom teaching, and research,.
  • Manage the use of time to complete research and academic assignments within realistic constraints.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed in a manner to minimize risk of injury to those in the area.
  • Make correct observations and have the problem solving skills necessary for measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.
Last modified: Feb 13, 2015

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December 10
Although applications may be submitted at any time, December 10 is the deadline for priority status as it aligns with funding and scholarship availability.

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