• Clinical hours give students real-world encounters
  • MTSU's learning communities
    keep teachers informed
  • Students at MTSU get
    hands-on experience
  • Understanding anatomy helps in understanding communication

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Whether helping a child who stutters or an adult with a hearing loss, the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program, formerly Communication Disorders, in the Department of Health and Human Performance offers students the opportunity to learn about human communication; speech, language, and hearing disorders; and intervention methods for children and adults experiencing communication problems. As a national leader offering an undergraduate pre-professional degree, MTSU’s program helps prepare students for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Clinic offers hands-on experience for students

The nationally recognized MTSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic serves children and adults who have hearing, articulation, language, voice, stuttering and other communication problems. For students, that means hands-on care under the supervision of certified faculty in a clinical setting where students can put their academic knowledge to work! This hands-on experience is unique to undergraduate programs in the state of Tennessee. Located in the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building on campus, the clinic functions within the academic semester calendar.

Bright Beginnings for these two alumni

Alumnae Emily Thomas and Natalie George met while attending MTSU and quickly became friends. While here, they discussed one day owning a private practice together where they could impact the lives of children with disabilities and their families. Even while attending separate graduate schools and working in various settings, Emily and Natalie continued to develop skills that would help them pursue their dream. This dream came true, and Bright Beginnings in Murfreesboro is fast becoming an asset to the community.

Students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology focus on careers dealing with evaluation, treatment, and prevention of human communication disorders. Professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology provide clinical services in health care and education facilities and serve as consultants in business, industry, and government. Some majors become speech and hearing scientists who engage in research.

Speech and hearing professionals work in a variety of settings. Examples include

  • Hospitals and community clinics
  • Public and private schools
  • Health departments
  • Long-term care and home health facilities
  • Private and public industry
  • Private practice offices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Universities and research laboratories

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bright Beginnings
  • Community Care of Rutherford County
  • Department of Defense
  • Feltz Therapy Services, LLC
  • Gallaudet University
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • National Health Care
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Special Kids, Inc.
  • Speech Pathology Services of East Tennessee, LLC
  • Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Tri Star Health Systems
  • VA Hospitals
  • Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

Undergraduate

The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program in the Health and Human Performance Department at MTSU offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. To practice as a licensed audiologist or speech-language pathologist, students must also complete a master's or doctorate program.

For students who have completed an undergraduate degree in another major, MTSU offers the prerequisite courses necessary for a graduate degree in speech-language pathology.
 
A minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology also is offered.

Information about obtaining a School Speech-Language teacher license may be found here.

Graduate

Graduate programs in the department leading to M.S. degrees are majors in Exercise Science; Health and Human Performance, which has two concentrations: Health and Physical Education; and Leisure and Sport Management, which also has two concentrations: Recreation and Leisure Services and Sport Industry.

The Health and Human Performance Department also offers a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Human Performance with a specialization in Exercise Science. 

Other programs offered by HHP

Other undergraduate majors offered by the Health and Human Performance Department that lead to a B.S. include Athletic Training; Exercise ScienceCommunity and Public Health with two concentrations: Public Health and Health Education and Lifetime Wellness; Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies; and Physical Education.

The department offers undergraduate minors in Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Communication Disorders, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, Recreation, and Somatic Movement Education.

Dr. Kathryn Blankenship
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Rebecca M. Fischer
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Dr. Melinda Richards
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Mrs. Elizabeth Smith
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Communication Disorders

CDIS 3050 - Introduction to Communication Disorders
3 credit hours

Overview of the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, with emphasis on the common disorders of speech, language, and hearing and their treatment.

CDIS 3150 - Phonetics
3 credit hours

Training in the recognition and production of the sounds of speech with an analysis of their formation; extensive practice in phonetic transcription.

CDIS 3200 - Phonological Disorders
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3050 and CDIS 3150. Speech development, etiologies of phonological/articulatory problems, and approaches for assessing and remediating speech-sound errors.

CDIS 3250 - Speech and Language Development
3 credit hours

Child speech and language acquisition from birth through the early school years. Emphasizes normal linguistic development.

CDIS 3260 - Language Acquisition and Analysis
3 credit hours

Language development and procedures for analyzing child language. Semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic development explored through examining child language transcripts.

CDIS 3300 - Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3050, CDIS 3150, CDIS 3200, CDIS 3260, and academic criteria established by the faculty. Planning and implementing treatment programs for individuals with speech-language disorders. A foundation for clinical practicum.

CDIS 3350 - Introduction to Audiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3050. The etiologies and diagnoses of hearing problems; practical experience in administering audiometric examinations.

CDIS 3400 - Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3050 or permission of instructor. The anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism.

CDIS 3450 - Fluency Disorders
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3050. Etiologies, assessment, and treatment of fluency disorders.

CDIS 4400 - Neurology for Speech Pathology and Audiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3050, CDIS 3300, and CDIS 3400. Structures and function of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system and their constituent parts. Focuses on function as it impacts human communication. Includes historical perspectives in the study of the brain and development of imaging techniques.

CDIS 4500 - Intervention for Individuals with Hearing Loss
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3050, CDIS 3260, and CDIS 3350. Materials and methods employed in programs for persons with hearing loss.

CDIS 4550 - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3300, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

CDIS 4560 - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4550, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

CDIS 4570 - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4550, CDIS 4560, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

CDIS 4580 - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4550, CDIS 4560, CDIS 4570, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

CDIS 4600 - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4550 and CDIS 4560, prior semester application, and approval by faculty. Advanced supervised clinical practice in an off-campus clinical facility.

CDIS 4620 - Independent Study
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Study of a specific area of speech/ language pathology or audiology to be completed through instructor-student conferences.

CDIS 4630 - Independent Study
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Study of a specific area of speech/language pathology or audiology to be completed through instructor-student conferences.

CDIS 4650 - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology III
6 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4550 and CDIS 4560; prior semester application; and approval by faculty. Organization, management, and implementation of public school speech-language and hearing programs. Advanced supervised clinical practice in a public school setting. The School Speech-Language Teacher license requires completion of this course.

CDIS 4700 - Practicum in Audiology
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: CDIS 3350 and CDIS 4550 or permission of instructor. Laboratory course in applying principles of audiology.

CDIS 4710 - Practicum in Audiology
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: CDIS 4700. Laboratory course in applying principles of audiology.

CDIS 4720 - Practicum in Audiology
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: CDIS 4710. Laboratory course in applying principles of audiology.

CDIS 4730 - Practicum in Audiology
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: CDIS 4720. Laboratory course in applying principles of audiology.

CDIS 4750 - Advanced Audiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3350 or permission of instructor. The development of advanced skills in the evaluation and remediation of hearing problems.

CDIS 4800 - Speech and Language Disorders in the Adult Population
3 credit hours

Overview of the impact of age on communication. Identification and remediation of communication problems associated with the aging process.

CDIS 4850 - Speech and Language Disorders in Childhood
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3400 and CDIS 4550 or permission of instructor. A comprehensive study of the speech, language, and voice difficulties experienced by children.

CDIS 4900 - Diagnostic Procedures in Speech Pathology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 4550 or permission of instructor. Basic concepts of measurement and application of diagnostic procedures used in speech-language pathology.

CDIS 4950 - Special Topics in Communication Disorders
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3300 or permission of instructor. Advanced reading and discussion about selected topics in speech-language pathology or audiology. Content varies from semester to semester. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied toward a degree.

Mission Statement

The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate studies to become Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists through rigorous academic studies and clinical experience supervised by credential professionals.

The academic and clinical courses emphasize the following instructional principles: 

  • Understanding communication development over the life span
  • Preventing, diagnosing, and treating communication problems
  • Communicating effectively in oral and written language
  • Thinking logically, critically, and ethically
  • Supporting research and evidence-based clinical practices
  • Appreciating cultural diversity in an ever-changing society
  • Providing community services and establishing community partnerships
  • Participating in professional organizations and continuing education

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Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

The Middle Tennessee State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic serves children and adults who have hearing, articulation, language, voice, stuttering, and other communication problems. Client services are provided by undergraduate students under the supervision of our clinical faculty, who are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) or audiology (CCC-A), and are licensed by the State of Tennessee. The clinical services offered by the MTSU Clinic are based on the educational needs of the student clinicians completing the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major. When selecting cases, the clinical coordinator considers the client's disability, space availability, sufficient clinical staff, and scheduling policies. 

The MTSU Clinic functions within the academic semester calendar. Each semester, clients or parents obtain a parking pass from Parking Services. Services provided by the University Clinic are billed on a sliding scale at the end of each semester. Currently there is a waiting list for therapy in the University Clinic. For further information, please call 615-898-2661.

Client Forms

Completed forms should be returned via fax (615-898-2815), email or mail:

Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic 
MTSU Box 364 
1301 E. Main St. 
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

The Clinic Experience

In addition to the academic course work, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology majors receive instruction in clinical management. Undergraduate programs that offer opportunities for clinical training are unique. Specialized clinic courses and experiences allow majors to combine academic knowledge with actual clinical services.

Student clinicians work in the University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (CDIS 4550-4580) under the direct supervision of speech-language pathologists and audiologists certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. When meeting special requirements, clinicians may also engage in off-campus clinical (CDIS 4600) or school services (CDIS 4650). Through clinical practicum, students earn clock hours to apply toward the total hours required by graduate programs to fulfill national certification standards. The School Speech-Language Teacher license requires completion of CDIS 4650. Clinical materials and equipment are periodically reviewed and updated so that students receive optimal training in diagnostic methods and therapeutic management.

Prior to enrollment in clinical practicum, students must meet academic and professional eligibility criteria established by the faculty and published in the clinic manual. Academic criteria include a minimum overall GPA of 2.6 in 60 credit hours or 3.0 in the last 30 credit hours, a minimal GPA of 2.8 in the major, a minimal grade of C in each prerequisite course, mastery of phonetic features, and competence in speaking and writing. Students who do not receive a grade of B- or higher in both English composition courses (ENGL 1010 and 1020), as well as students who show unacceptable writing skills in academic or clinical course work, will be required to take an additional English writing course.

The University Clinic, located in the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building, serves children and adults who have hearing, articulation, language, voice, stuttering, and other communication problems. The University Clinic functions within the academic semester calendar.

View a video about the University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. 

Additional Information

Contact and Student Information

Tammy Walker
Tammy.Walker@mtsu.edu
615-898-2661

Sarah Fossett (A-D)
Sarah.Fossett@mtsu.edu
615-898-4818 | CKNB 108

Crystal Ellis (E-K)
Crystal.Ellis@mtsu.edu
615-898-4810 | CKNB 108

Gerald Christian (L-Q)
Gerald.Christian@mtsu.edu
615-898-4807 | CKNB 108

Judy Monroe (R-Z)
Judy.Monroe@mtsu.edu
615-904-8494 | CKNB 108

MTSU Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 364
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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