Foundational and Prerequisite Course Requirements

Foundational Science/Math Course Requirements:


The ASHA 2014 Standards (IV-A) require that applicants for theCertificate of Clinical Competencemust have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences. At the time of program admission, you must have at least one 3-credit course in each of the following areas:

  • Biological Sciences (human or animal sciences for Biology majors, e.g., biology, human anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, human genetics, and veterinary science). The introductory course for Biology majors (BIO 181 in Arizona universities) will meet this requirement. Lab not required.
  • Physical Sciences (physics or chemistry). Lab not required. No longer allowed: Astronomy, archaeology, forestry, geology, earth and environmental science.
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology or public health).
  • Statistics (course with “statistics” in the title). Not allowed: Research methodology. 

Prerequisite Course Content Area 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.