All graduate students will complete a combination of required and elective courses and clinical practicum to earn a minimum of 63 credits total. Clinical practicum meets the requirements of the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, including a minimum of 400 clinical clock hours.
|COMM 801||Principles of Assessment||2|
|COMM 802||Principles of Intervention||2|
|COMM 803||Ethical and Professional Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders I||1|
|COMM 804||Counseling Clients and Families with Communication Disorders||2|
|COMM 805||Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders||3|
|COMM 811||Brain and Behavior||3|
|COMM 821||Speech Sound Disorders||3|
|COMM 823||Voice Disorders||3|
|COMM 824||Motor Speech Disorders||3|
|COMM 831||Early Childhood Language Disorders||3|
|COMM 832||School-Age & Adolescent Language Disorders||3|
|COMM 833||Aphasia in Adults||3|
|COMM 843||Augmentative and Alternative Communication||3|
|COMM 851||Advanced Audiology for Speech Language Pathologists||3|
|COMM 870||Clinical Practicum (Minimum of 4 rotations)||1-3|
|COMM 872||Externship (Minimum of 2 sessions)||1-4|
|COMM 841||Cognitive Communication Disorders||2|
|COMM 842||Autism Spectrum Disorders||2|
|COMM 895||Special Topics||2|
|COMM 899||Master's Thesis||6|
All students are required to complete a minimum of four practicum rotations and two externships during their graduate studies. UNH requires students to have 15 documented observation hours prior to the start of clinical work. Since the UNH CSD Graduate Program is a full-time program, we expect students to be available for clinical assignments when not in class.
In year 1, practicum assignments take place at the UNH Speech-Language-Hearing Center and the Clinic for Neurogenic Communication Disorders during the fall, spring, and summer sessions. In year 2, students complete one semester of diagnostic clinic at the UNH SLHC along with two externships at two different settings. Externships are available at a broad range of department-approved settings, including early intervention programs, education, rehabilitation, health care settings, and private practices.
Students are responsible for transportation to externship locations and other community learning experiences. Externship sites may require a physical, including a tuberculin test; proof of immunizations such as poliomyelitis, rubella and hepatitis; health insurance; and drug/urine testing. In addition, students are responsible for meeting the criminal record clearances established by the practicum site. Failure to pass required medical and other clearance checks could render a student ineligible for a practicum assignment and thus unable to complete program requirements.
All graduate students are required to complete a capstone experience - either the Comprehensive Examination or a Master's Thesis.
Comprehensive Examination (Non-thesis)
All students (except those writing a thesis) must pass a Comprehensive Examination designed to assess their mastery of and ability to integrate information from the two-year curriculum. Students will write for six hours, answering four integrated questions including one case study. To participate in the comprehensive examination students must be in their final semester of graduate studies, have no incompletes or unremediated course failures, be in their final semester for externship experiences, and have no unfilled clinical improvement plans. Students must pass all four questions to pass the comprehensive examination and be eligible to receive the master's degree.
Students may conduct research and write a thesis in lieu of the Comprehensive Examination. Upon completion of an original research project, students must defend the thesis in an oral examination and must gain approval of the thesis committee. In addition to required coursework, students must register for 6 credits of COMM 899 Master's Thesis.
In addition to the academic and clinical requirements, the UNH Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders requires students to demonstrate certain essential skills needed to practice as a speech-language pathology. These Essential Functions, as distinguished from academic standards, include communication, motor, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral-social abilities that are necessary for satisfactory completion of the curriculum and for professional practice. Some of these abilities should be in place when students begin the program, while others will be developed throughout the program.
Students accepting an offer of admission as well as students in the program are expected to demonstrate these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations to successfully complete degree requirements. Early each fall, the Essential Functions Policy will be reviewed with new students beginning our program. Students are expected to sign that they have reviewed and understand the policy and will follow the stated guidelines.