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CSD Program

Bringing Language to Life…

Prerequisite Certification Program (PCP)
for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The Fall 2018–Summer 2019 PCP is offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) through the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and Outreach College.

  • Provides required training for speech pathology or audiology graduate programs
  • Online courses can be taken from anywhere in the world
  • Taught by CSD faculty from JABSOM
  • Certificate from JABSOM upon completion of 7 required courses (3 credits each)
  • Completion in one year with full course load

Timeline and Courses*

Fall 2018 (August 20 – December 14, 2018)

  • CSD 431 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    Overview of anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing: structures and function of respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, deglutition, and hearing systems required for normal communication and swallowing.
  • CSD 432 Phonetics
    Introduction to fundamentals of phonetic and phonological development. International Phonetic Alphabet Transcription of English speech sounds; phonological developments and models; cultural variations; analysis interpretation and other considerations related to speech sound development and production.
  • CSD 436 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Information and theoretical foundations serve as an introduction to the field of communication disorders; overview of normal processes and disorders of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing.

Spring 2019 (January 7 – May 10, 2019)

  • CSD 433 Speech and Language Development
    Provides an understanding of children's acquisition of speech, language, and normal communication development from birth through adolescence.
  • CSD 435 Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Provides observation and discussion of the clinical management of individuals with communication disorders, and practical experience related to clinical procedures and requirements.
  • CSD 437 Introduction to Audiometry and Auditory Disorders
    Covers anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, acoustic, basic knowledge of auditory disorders and testing procedures, and introduction to rehabilitative audiology.

Summer 2019 (May 20 – August 9, 2019)

  • CSD 434 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Speech and Hearing
    Provides an understanding of fundamental processes underlying the production and perception of speech, as well as the physical and psychological aspects of sound and their measurement.
  • CSD 438 Statistics
    Basic statistical concepts and methods are presented in a manner to emphasize the principles of data collection and analysis techniques in social and behavioral sciences (Elective).

* Individual courses may be taken to fulfill particular prerequisite needs

Specialties and Interests

Hyeong Jun Ahn, Ph.D: Applied biostatistics, longitudinal data analysis, categorical data analysis, healthcare data analytics, and research design.

Verna Chinen, MS, CCC-SLP: Child Language Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Literacy, Speech Disorders, Department of Education Related Services.

James Hall, PhD: Auditory Processing Disorders, Evoked Potentials, Clinical Audiology, Teleaudiology.

Janelle Hiu, MS, CCC-SLP: Child Language Disorders, Speech Disorders, Department of Education Related Services.

Amy Lower, MS, CCC-SLP: Voice Disorders, Articulation & Phonology Motor Speech Disorders, Clinical Supervision.

Kathy Maemori, MS, CCC-SLP: Child Language Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Literacy, Speech Disorders, Department of Education Related Services.

Tuition and Fees for Fall 2018 – Summer 2019
$1,401 per course
$9,807 for full program of 7 courses

To Apply
For more information on applying to the PCP Program, visit How to Apply on the PCP Program website.

International students are required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 61 within the past two years. Scores must be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the term they are enrolling in.

To Register:
Register for courses at STAR.


Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Term Dates

Spring Extension 2019
January 7 – May 10, 2019

Summer 2019
May 20 - August 9, 2019

Contact Us

UHM Outreach College
Sinclair Library 310
2425 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-7221