Course Overview

Students will follow the role of a Speech-Language Pathologist through their impact across the lifespan. We start by defining an SLP's role in assisting childhood language development, identifying acquired injuries or medical diagnoses that may lead to cognitive-linguistic impairment, and demonstrating an SLP's role in geriatric diagnoses and patient-centered care. By the conclusion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of the SLP in caring for individuals and the skills required to work in interdisciplinary teams to improve client lives. Understanding the impairments SLPs may encounter provides a better understanding of the scope of SLP practice and various career pathways.

TypeOnline, Semi-synchronous Lecture
FacultyJulia Haffer, MS, CCC-SLP & Emily Cook, MS, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, CBIS
Credits3 undergraduate
OfferedFall, Spring, Summer
Cost$1,620.00 (Fees included)



Fall Registration Open

6/4/24 - 9/5/24

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules that are usually 1 week in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading Textbooks, articles
  • Watching mini-lectures, videos
  • Listening to podcasts


  • Mini quizzes
  • Weekly modules

Other Assignments

  • Mastery assignments
  • Case studies
  • Practice application assignments

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 10-14
  • General Overview of the Profession of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Typical Language Acquisition and Childhood Language Impairments
  • Articulation and Phonology
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Voice and Resonance Disorders
  • Adult Language Impairments: Aphasia
  • Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Disorders of Swallowing
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Audiology and Hearing Impairment
  • Standard IV-C for knowledge about the etiology and characteristics of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan
  • Standard IV-D for knowledge about the prevention, assessment, and intervention of communication and swallowing disorders
  • Standard IV-E for knowledge of standards of ethical conduct
  • Standard IV-G for knowledge of contemporary professional issues in speech-language pathology
  • Standard V-C for partial completion of 25 clock hours of clinical observation

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Required
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Required
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Recommended
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Required

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty


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Lecturer, Introduction to Communication Science and Disorders Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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