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Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program (SPAPP)
Prerequisite Courses Graduate Study in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

ABOUT THE ONLINE COURSES IN SPAPP

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Hawaiʻi offers through the Outreach College online coursework for students who are interested in applying for graduate study in speech pathology or audiology. Coursework is offered within the Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program (SPAPP).

Online pre-speech pathology coursework is sometimes also referred to with other terminology, such as a communication sciences and disorders (CSD) "post-baccalaureate" or a "pre-speech language pathology (SLP) program. The complete curriculum for the Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program at the University of Hawaiʻi includes the following seven required online courses plus one elective course:

  • CSD 431: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • CSD 432: Phonetics
  • CSD 433: Speech and Language Development
  • CSD 434: Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Speech and Hearing
  • CSD 435: Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 436: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 437: Introduction to Audiometry and Auditory Disorders
  • CSD 438: Statistics

A prospective student may choose to complete the full series of courses, but enrollment in fewer courses is also an option. The entire online 7- course sequence (get the 2020-2021 brochure) provides a complete communication sciences and disorders (CSD) foundation for students who are interested in applying to graduate programs in speech pathology in the United States. Students completing the 7 courses with at least a B- grade receive a certificate from the University of Hawaiʻi.

Interested students may decide to enroll in selected individual courses without completing the full 7-course curriculum. For example, a student seeking admission to a Doctor of Audiology program to pursue a career in audiology might elect to take the online courses usually required in a "pre-audiology" curriculum, such as CSD 437 (Introduction of Audiometry and Auditory Disorders) and CSD 433 (Speech and Language Development) to supplement other non-CSD courses a typical pre-audiology curriculum, including courses in physical and behavioral sciences, that the student completes on campus at any university. Students interested in audiology are encouraged to verify the prerequisite course requirements for admission to specific Doctor of Audiology programs.



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Chenoa R. Otero
My educational experience with the online Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program has been invaluable! The learning experience was extremely helpful in moving me forward professionally. The professors are passionate about what they do and make you feel "at home." They are so open and transparent that you are able to receive all their great knowledge at first hand and will work with you to help you develop further with their extensive source of information and expertise. Thank you!

Chenoa R. Otero


Faculty for Online Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Courses

The following faculty members in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Hawaiʻi teach all online pre-speech pathology and pre-audiology courses in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program.

Verna Chinen M.S. CCC-SLP
University of Washington, BS Speech and Hearing Sciences (1977)
Illinois State University, MS Speech Pathology (1979)

James W. Hall III, PhD
American International College, BA, Biology (1970)
Northwestern University, MA, Speech Pathology (1973)
Baylor College of Medicine, PhD, Audiology (1979)

Susie Bartolome Peterson, MA, CScD., CCC-SLP
Kean University, BA, Speech and Hearing Sciences (1996)
Kean University, MA, Speech-Language Pathology (1998)
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, ClinSciD., Speech-Language Pathology (2016)

Kathy A. Maemori, M.S., CCC-SLP
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, BS, Speech Pathology and Audiology (1981)
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, MS, Speech Pathology and Audiology (1982)

Pauline A. Mashima, PhD
University of Hawaiʻi, BA, Psychology with Distinction (1975)
University of Hawaiʻi, BEd, Elementary Education (1975)
University of Hawaiʻi, Professional Diploma - Elementary Education (1977)
University of Hawaiʻi, MS, Speech Pathology and Audiology (1978)
University of Cincinnati, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders (2011) 

Lisa Taniguchi, AuD
University of Hawaiʻi, MS, Speech Pathology and Audiology (2008)
Nova Southeastern University, AuD, Audiology (2012), FAAA, CCC-A

Shari Goo-Yoshino, M.S., CCC-SLP
University of Hawaiʻi, BS, Speech Pathology (1985)
University of Hawaiʻi, MS, Speech Pathology and Audiology (1987)

Faculty members in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program at the University of Hawaiʻi are available during courses to answer any questions and to advise students.

How Does Online Education Work?
Online courses and degree programs were first introduced about 20 years ago. Now online education is widely accepted as a convenient, cost-effective, and legitimate method for undergraduate and even graduate study in many disciplines from business to teaching to the health professions. A variety of terms and phrases are used for online courses like those in our prerequisite certification program in communicative sciences and disorders including: speech pathology courses online, pre-SLP program, communicative disorders leveling program, speech-language pathology requisite bridge (to graduate) program, post baccalaureate (after bachelor's degree) online speech pathology program, communicative disorders online prerequisite series, speech pathology prerequisites program, online pre-professional speech language pathology certificate program, and online pre-Master's speech pathology track.

Online courses in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program at the University of Hawaiʻi are taught using a common online platform (e.g., Google Classroom). Any student with access to the internet can complete all online course requirements like readings, assignments, class discussions, and quizzes anytime day or night in any time zone. Many students enrolled in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program are fulltime or part-time working professionals, such school teachers, nurses, or they are health care technicians. Other students in the online speech pathology courses at the University of Hawaiʻi are enrolled in a non-CSD undergraduate program.

Who Should Enroll in Online Speech Pathology and Audiology Courses?
Students who have completed the Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program or selected courses in the curriculum come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, including teaching, nursing, linguistics, and different non-CSD undergraduate majors. Graduates of the program are also from many geographical locations in the USA from the east coast to Hawaiʻi, and even from a variety of other countries.

You should consider enrolling in Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program at the University of Hawaiʻi if you:

  • want to apply to Master's degree programs in speech pathology and you need certain prerequisite courses
  • are interested in applying to a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program
  • need formal coursework in communicative sciences and disorders for your position as a speech pathology assistant or an audiology assistant, perhaps in a public school or in a medical setting
  • have a special interest in any of the topics represented by courses in the curriculum and you want to learn more about them before deciding if a career in speech pathology or audiology is right for you

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My name is Tasha and I am currently a Doctor of Audiology student at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to applying for graduate school, I received my Bachelor's degree in Biology and had little to no background knowledge in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The UH Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program allowed me to learn information and skills that were extremely beneficial when I started my AuD. program. Furthermore, it allowed me to pursue my future in the field of audiology. The instructors were very knowledgeable and personable. Their enthusiasm had a positive effect on me, and thus increased my own desire to learn more. The program is offered through online courses, which was a huge benefit, as I was working full time. I cannot recommend the University of Hawaiʻi Prerequisite Program enough to anyone interested in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

Tasha Takeshita, B.A.
Doctor of Audiology Student
Nova Southeastern University


Admission Requirements

You are eligible to apply for admission if you are a:

  • High school graduate or hold a GED equivalency
  • Current or former student of a regionally accredited US college or university with either a college degree or 24 transferrable college credits and you are (or were) in good academic standing at your home institution.
  • Native English speaker or you are proficient in English

How to Apply for Online Prerequisite Speech Pathology or Audiology Courses

You can also click here for an application form and for other information about the online undergraduate speech pathology and audiology courses. When you submit a complete application, an acceptance letter or email will be forwarded to you. Once you are accepted, go to the MyUH Portal to register for courses.

Tuition and Fees

  • $471/credit hour or $1,413 for a 3-credit course
  • $9,891 for the 7-course Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program
  • $5 online fee per credit hour.

Additional Contact Information
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
John A. Burns School of Medicine
677 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 625
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: 808-692-1581
Email: uhmcsd@hawaii.edu
http://csd.jabsom.hawaii.edu/spapp

Outreach College
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2440 Campus Road, Box 447
Telephone: 808-956-6780
Email: occredit@hawaii.edu

Click here for an electronic copy of 2020-2021 brochure with information about the Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program at the University of Hawaiʻi

For More Information or for Answers to Your Questions
We sincerely hope you will consider the University of Hawaiʻi for online undergraduate courses in speech pathology and audiology. Please don't hesitate to contact me via email (jhall3@hawaii.edu) with any questions about online pre-speech pathology and pre-audiology courses at the University of Hawaiʻi, including likely textbooks for courses, or if you need help in accessing an application form or other information needed for apply or register for the online courses.

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Term Dates

Fall Extension 2020
August 24 – December 10, 2020

Spring Extension 2021
January 11 – May 14, 2021

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UHM Outreach College
Email: ochelp@hawaii.edu