Foundational and Prerequisite Course Requirements

Foundational science/math course requirements:

As stated in the ASHA 2014 Standards, IVA, application for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence on or after September 1, 2014 must include four Science/Math courses.  "The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences."

You must have at least one 3-credit course in each of the following areas.  Classes from the Communication Sciences & Disorders discipline cannot be used to meet these foundational requirements.  We recommend that these courses be taken prior to enrollment; however, if they are not taken prior to enrollment they will be integrated into your program of study which may result in extending your program.  These courses are a requirement to receive the M.S. degree from this department.

  • Biological Sciences (cell biology, human anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). The introductory course for Biology majors (BIO 181 in Arizona universities) will meet this requirement.  Lab not required. Classes intended for non-majors (e.g., NAU’s BIO 100) or deemed too narrow in scope (e.g., NAU’s BIO 301) will not meet the Biological Sciences requirement.
  • Physical Sciences (recommended:  physics, chemistry) (accepted:  astronomy, archaeology, forestry, geology, earth or environmental science)
  • Statistics (Standalone statistics course; research methodology not accepted;  Generally a course with the word "statistics" in the title from any department meets this requirement)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health)

Prerequisite course requirements:

  • Phonetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Language
  • Language Development in Children
  • Speech-Language Sciences
  • Hearing Science
  • Neurological Foundations of Speech, Language and Hearing (If not previously taken, this course will be integrated into your graduate program of study.)
  • Survey of Audiology

The title of an equivalent course should contain the same key word(s) as those in the descriptive titles above.