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SLPD Program Overview

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This program is designed for speech-language pathologists holding the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association wanting to specialize in an area of interest and obtain a doctoral degree.

Applicants should have at least three years of professional clinical experience before applying to this program. It may be completed in 18 months, (including summer and with a common entry point in the fall semester). Exceptions to this timeline may occur for the student choosing to complete the program on a part-time basis. A full-time student usually enrolls in 10-14 credit hours each fall and spring semester and 6 to 8 credit hours in the summer session.

A minimum 33 credit hours are required to complete the program requirements. Students take classes on the KU Lawrence campus as well as the KU Medical Center campus, athough the majority of the courses will be at the medical center.

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At this time, the speech-language pathology doctorate program does not require accreditation from the association.

As a post-professional program, KU's clinical doctorate in speech-language pathology does not provide eligibility for professional licensing for employment. This degree is not required for licensure. Students enter this program having already obtained credentialing for health care practice.

About the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders
This program is offered through the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders which consists of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders on the KU Lawrence campus and the Department of Hearing and Speech on the KU Medical Center campus. The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing is within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, while the Department of Hearing and Speech is part of the KU School of Health Professions.

Students take courses on both campuses. Block scheduling of courses reduces the frequency of commuting. A committee of faculty from both departments is responsible for instruction, curriculum planning, student selection and advising, clinical practicum policies, and course scheduling.

Last modified: Jan 16, 2021

The priority application deadline is December 10 for fall semester admission. Applications received after this date may be reviewed if space remains in the next class.

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