Online Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program (SPAPP)

The University of Hawaiʻi, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (UH CSD), offers an Online Speech Pathology and Audiology Prerequisite Program (SPAPP) through the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and UH Mānoa Outreach College.

This program includes seven recommended courses and one elective course and provides a foundation for students interested in graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology in the United States. These courses can be completed within one year. Students receive a letter from the SPAPP director documenting completion of all seven courses with a B- or better. Individual courses may be taken if desired. Courses are taught by UH CSD faculty from JABSOM and are available during the courses to advise students.

Our SPAPP program is ideal for individuals:

  • Who need to complete prerequisites courses to enter a Master’s program in CSD or a Doctor of Audiology program.
  • Who are working in a CSD related field and/or have career goals related to working with individuals with communication disorders.
  • Who may not be able to attend classes on-site.
  • Who want to complete all SPAPP courses in one year.

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with communication and swallowing disorders, such as stuttering, autism, articulation and language disorders, language-based learning disorders, reading difficulties, traumatic brain injury, voice and swallowing disorders, aphasia, dementia, and hearing loss.

SLPs work with a wide variety of people, from infants to senior citizens, and work in settings such as schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing care facilities, private practice, and academia.

What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are the allied health professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders in adults and children. They conduct hearing and balance tests, fit and dispense devices such as hearing aids, and program cochlear implants. Audiologists earn a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree and work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice and clinics (e.g., Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT); university, schools, military, Veterans’ Administration (VA) hospitals, and government.

Course Listing

Recommended (21 credits)

CSD 431 Anatomy of Speech and Hearing (3 credits)

CSD 432 Phonetics (3 credits)

CSD 433 Speech/Lang Development (3 credits)

CSD 434 Speech and Hearing Acoustics (3 credits)

CSD 435 Clinical Methods in CSD (3 credits)

CSD 436 Intro to CSD (3 credits)

CSD 437 Intro Audiometry & Aud Dis (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

CSD 438 Basic Statistics CSD (3 credits)