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Why choose KU for the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders?

We want to share why we think KU is the best place to earn your degree in audiology or speech-language pathology. A sneak peek: two of our degrees are nationally ranked, and we have unique program attributes that you won't find anywhere else.

Top Ten Reasons to Choose KU

Our dual-campus program combines audiology and speech-language pathology research, clinics and faculty from the KU Lawrence campus and the KU Medical Center Kansas City campus. Students in all degree programs have the unique opportunity to take courses at both locations and from faculty that include American Speech Language Hearing Association Fellows. It's the best of both worlds!

Our Clinical Doctor in Audiology (Au.D.) is ranked 14th in the nation and our Clinical Doctor in Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) is ranked eighth, both by U.S. News and World Report

Our audiology doctorate was the first program to be accreditated more than 50 years ago. KU also was one of the first schools to offer the SLPD and one of only a few programs today. 

The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders remains dedicated to developing new programs as the field evolves.

The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders employs more than 25 faculty members in Kansas City and in Lawrence who specialize in many areas. Whereas many graduate programs have a smaller faculty who must teach many subjects, our extensive number of faculty have the unique opportunity to teach and conduct research in their areas of expertise, allowing students to receive the most up-to-date information in the field. 

In addition to their knowledge of audiology and speech-language pathology, our award-winning faculty have a wide range of expertise from other disciplines including the neurosciences, engineering and otolaryngology. Many clinical faculty teach and conduct research in their areas of expertise as well as practice in on- and off-site clinics. Our Ph.D. programs offer opportunities to work with clinical faculty who also manage programs and serve as administrators.  

Graduates of the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders typically find employment within three to six months of graduation. Some of our graduates are serving as clinicians, researchers and academicians at prestigious institutions.

  • Joshuaa Allison-Burbank, speech-language pathologist for Northern Navaho Medical Center, New Mexico 
  • Adrienne Pitt, lecturer and clinical supervisor in the Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Kevin Pitt, assistant professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
  • Krista Voelmle, pediatric speech-language pathologist for the Floortime Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
  • Kristin Muller, Ph.D. in speech-language pathology, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Russell Johnston, assistant professor, California State University, Fullerton 
  • Stephanie Knollhoff, Ph.D. in speech-language pathology, assistant professor, University of Missouri 
  • Troy Dargin, Ph.D. in speech-language pathology, clinical assistant professor, Yeshiva University, New York City
  • Jeff Lichtenhan, Ph.D. in audiology, assistant professor, Washington University School of Medicine 
  • Meaghan Goodman, Ph.D. in speech-language pathology, chair, Maryville University of St. Louis. 
  • Aryn Kamerer, Ph.D., research assistant professor, Boys Town, Nebraska 

As a major research university and one of 36 public institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), KU and the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders provide an abundance of research opportunities for students. 

KU has several major centers and institutes, including a National-Institute on Aging-designated Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, where students can work in labs and learn research-related topics,such as:

  • rat models of immitance
  • hair-cell regeneration
  • neural correlates of speech processing
  • diagnostic tools for detection of hidden hearing loss
  • evoked-potentials in Meniere’s Disease
  • hearing and cognition
  • progression of genetic hearing loss
  • auditory changes following concussion
  • hearing in noise ability with cochlear implantation  

Students can pursue research in labs and through individualized faculty instruction. Following are just a few research opportunities for students:

The Lawrence and KU Medical Center campuses feature first-rate research facilities, including on-campus research labs and collaboration with a nationally ranked hospital.

In the last five years, the KU Medical Center Kansas City campus opened a new 170,000 square foot facility, the Health Education Building, that serves as the primary teaching facility for the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. It features a simulation center and flexible, state-of-the-art learning space to support new models of teaching.

The medical center shares its Kansas City campus with The University of Kansas Heath System, which serves as the primary clinical trianing facility for the university.  In 2017, the health system opened a new medical tower, The University of Kansas Hospital Cambridge Tower A, which features 92 private rooms and 11 state-of-the-art surgical suites. The tower houses surgical oncology, neurology, neurosurgery and ear, nose and throat services.

Our clinics in the Kansas City metro area, Lawrence and Topeka provide our students and faculty with a diverse patient population and an abundance of future career opportunities.

Within our audiology and speech-language pathology clinics, students are exposed to different practice models. Staff and clinicians in our Lawrence clinics work in teams, while personnel in the KU Medical Center clinics work in a traditional one-on-one approach and in IEP teams, multidisciplinary teams that target specific disease states and diagnoses.

Students in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders are regularly selected for prestigious, paid externship rotations in audiology and speech-language pathology and have been for more than 10 years. Our students' educational and clinical experiences make them extremely comptetitive for these national opportunities.

Some examples of these externships include:

  • Walter Reed Hospital
  • Massachusetts’s Eye & Ear Infirmary
  • American Institute of Balance
  • Boys Town National Research Hospital
  • House Ear Institute
  • Hearts for Hearing
  • Swedish Medical Center

KU Medical Center is one of the region's only academic medical centers, allowing for interprofessional education and clinical opportunities on a regular basis.

Interprofessional Education is integrated into the curriculum of each degree program within the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders. That means that you will learn alongside other health care professional students, including medical, nursing and other health professions students.

Students not only learn about interprofessional education in simulated experiences, but function as part of interprofessional teams during clinical rotations at KUMC. 

Our students have the opportunity to participate in local community outreach efforts and international experiences to supplement their understanding of hearing and speech needs in  diverse populations.

Outreach

The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders partners with various non-profit, civic and governmental organizations to provide students with unique experiences, including:

  • Legislative Day at the state capital in Topeka, Kansas
  • Tribal health screenings
  • Official hearing provider for the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Community health fairs
  • Police hearing screenings
  • Early childhood screenings
  • Hearing Aid Project
  • Various non-profit walks to raise money  
International Experiences

Students can participate in annual international trips to Peru to work with children on the spectrum in the Ann Sullivan Center in Peru and to Guatemala to provide hearing services.

Whether you choose to live in the Kansas City or Lawrence areas, you will find affordable accomodations with unique community amenities.

Kansas City

Our campus is located in Kansas City, Kansas, but we are one block from the state line and close to the historic Country Club Plaza. The Crossroads art district and downtown Kansas City, Missouri, is a short drive. 

With residents at a median age of 37, Kansas City is a young city bursting with activities you wouldn’t expect for a small Midwestern town. There are tons of activities that won’t break the grad-school bank including historic neighborhoods, jazz, food culture, professional sports teams, and arts and cultural activities.

It is an amazing community for graduate students given the low cost of living, free public streetcars, access to ebikes and scooters, and affordable airfare to most regions of the U.S. given our central location. 

Lawrence

Lawrence has a smaller population ─ more than 90,000 ─ and a college town feel. Combine city parks and miles of trails and paths with the locally owned shops and music venues of downtown Massachusetts Street, and you've got something for everyone.

On the Lawrence campus you'll have access to all the energy and excitement a college campus can provide. There are more than 600 student organizations, arts and cultural events, as well as sporting events, like Jayhawk basketball!

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