American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

MMI Foundational Courses: Sample Syllabi

Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology

Course Description

This course examines professional ethics and issues, reviews regulations and requirements for professional practice, provides an overview of the composition/policies of the Graduate Program in SLP, and discusses cultural considerations for studying, assessing and treating communication and swallowing disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) populations. One credit.

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Class Outline

Topics are not listed in order of discussion. Additional topics may be added as needed.

UNIT: Introduction          

  • Welcome to graduate school!  The realities…
  • Seminar outline: topics, research, revised schedule
  • Getting to know you… Name/ undergraduate program/ why SLP?
  • Faculty/advisement
  • Departmental policies and procedures
  • Grievance and appeals procedures
  • The Graduate Program  
  • Mission
  • Multicultural emphasis - difference from other programs
  • Speech science labs; upcoming swallowing lab
  • Clinical grand rounds
  • Writing seminar
  • Research track to MS
  • Course grid - order of courses; foundations; summer sessions; practica
  • Code of conduct
  • The University's Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

UNIT: Impact of Multiculturalism on the Professions      

  • Culture
  • Multiculturalism in our society
  • Need for multicultural/diversity sensitivity and training in our professions.
  • Should all SLPs and audiologists be culturally competent?
  • Assimilation/acculturation

UNIT: Library Orientation/Computer Lab: A Practical Guide to Literature Searches  

UNIT: Understanding the Rules

  • History of ASHA
  • ASHA Membership & Certification Handbook
  • Discussion: Ethics in clinical service delivery
  • ASHA documents:
  • Overview
  • Position statements, practice guidelines (technical reports, knowledge and skills)
  • Preferred Practice Patterns
  • Code of Ethics
  • Scope of Practice in SLP
  • www.asha.org
  • State-specific documents
  • State Board for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
  • Scope of Practice in SLP - Education Law 159
  • State organization
  • State Licensing Board

 UNIT: Understanding the Credentialing Puzzle

  • What's in a name? Speech-language pathologist
  • Requirements for state licensure, ASHA certification, bilingual extension
  • Review: What credential is required to provide speech services?
  • Licensure versus certification for professional practice.
  • Practice settings: NICU, home care (EI, adults), hospitals (acute, sub-acute, in-patient, outpatient), rehabilitation centers, schools (preschools, vocational schools, elementary/intermediate/high), private practice.
  • Competencies: ASHA - CEUs, state continuing competency hours
  • Professional memberships (NSSLHA, ASHA, state association, others)

UNIT: Clinical Issues

  • Speech-language-hearing clinic
  • Clinical sites
  • Practica
  • Understanding the audiology requirements

UNIT: Issues in Ethics

  • Instructor will present ethical dilemmas for class discussion
  • Students will present "created" ethical dilemmas for discussion

 UNIT: HIPPA

  • Handbook distribution 
  • Complete confidentiality form  

UNIT: Reflections on the profession:   

  • Is speech-language pathology an art or a science? Discussion with supporting documentation provided by students

UNIT: The University and KASA

  • Review of the CD - questions…
  • Responsibility of the student
  • Responsibility of the faculty

UNIT: Reflections on being a graduate student: Upper level graduate students speak out

UNIT: Course Evaluation 

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