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In collaboration with a mentor, doctoral students create a personalized plan of study based on their interests.

All students complete an evidence-based course sequence and a capstone project of their own design. Remaining elective courses are taken within and outside of the department and are tailored to the student’s interests and career goals. A plan of study can be personalized and some courses may be available online via distance learning; however, the majority of courses take place on campus.

Students may be enrolled full-time or part-time in the program. Continuous enrollment each semester is required once coursework has begun.

All plans of study are individualized to student interests and are created through collaboration between the student and the mentor. A minimum 33 credit hours are required to complete the program requirements.

Research Project Requirements

A dissertation is not required for this program. However, students will complete a capstone project. Most students choose long-term investigative projects relating to their professional interests that offer clinical applicability in the work setting. Capstone projects will be in written form with a final presentation to the student’s committee. The project must also include a plan for dissemination to relevant audiences/readers.

Additional Clinical Experience

Because students enter this program with certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, admission requires no additional clinical experience.

However, students may choose to include additional clinical experiences as a part of their plan of study. Additionally, students may be asked to apply clinical methodologies discussed in coursework in their professional settings, and subsequently report on the outcomes.

Two-campus program work allows students attend classes on both campuses, providing exposure to additional top faculty and the opportunity for expanded access to clinical training sites throughout the Greater Kansas City and Lawrence/Topeka areas. Students often carpool to the KU Medical Center for Monday/Wednesday class days and to the Lawrence campus for Tuesday/Thursday class days.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Requirements

The University of Kansas Medical Center, including the University of Kansas School of Health Professions and this academic program, partners with multiple health systems and health care providers to provide clinical and programmatic experiences for its students. Many of our clinical partners are currently requiring all students to have received the COVID-19 vaccine before their on-site experiences and training may begin. As a result, unvaccinated students could be precluded from participating in these activities, potentially impacting their ability to complete all program requirements. Students with concerns should speak with the clinical coordinator or department chair.

KU School of Health Professions