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Course Descriptions

Required Courses

CSD 500: Language Disorders in Adults

This course is designed to provide graduate students of speech-language pathology with an understanding of the etiology, neural substrates, characteristics, assessment and treatment of speech and language disorders in adults due to brain damage, including aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and right hemisphere disorders. Students will learn through assigned reading, lectures and class projects. Clinical case presentations, including case history, neurological exam results, behavioral symptoms, and lesion information will be used to explore clinically relevant issues and to develop basic differential diagnosis skills. 3 credits.
Pre-requisite(s): CSD 515 & CSD 505 (CSD 505 may be taken concurrently)

CSD 501: Voice Disorders

This course will address the physiologic, acoustic, and perceptual characteristics of voice disorders in children and adults. Current theories of the etiology and natural course of voice disorders will be discussed, with emphasis upon the biomechanics of abnormal voice production. Evidence-based assessment and treatment will be studied, including some of the medical and surgical interventions that may accompany voice therapy. 3 credits.

CSD 505: Neuroanatomy and Physiology

Advanced course in anatomy and physiology, addressing the neurological development, functioning, and lifespan changes of typical communication, with emphasis upon clinical correlates of neurological impairments of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders. 3 credits.

CSD 515: Language Disorders in Children

Advanced study of child language disorders, focusing on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental disability, autism and other pervasive developmental disorder, such as specific language impairment, brain injury, cerebral palsy, and hearing loss. Course will also examine multicultural issues surrounding assessment and treatment of child language disorders, and literacy and language impairment. 3 credits.

CSD 517: Research Methods in Speech and Hearing

Introduction to basic research design and methodology used to study basic and applied communication sciences and disorders, with emphasis on critical assessment of published research to support evidence-based clinical practice. The course will include development of technical writing skills, conducting effective library and internet searches, selection and interpretation of graphical data, and recognition of common statistical models. 3 credits.

CSD 519: Language Development and Disorders in School-Age Children

This course will present the role of the speech language pathologist (SLP) working with school-age children. Language and literacy development and disorders associated with the school-age population will be discussed. Assessment techniques, intervention strategies, service delivery models, and collaboration with other professionals will be emphasized. School-age speech and language therapy’s connection to literacy and other areas of academic curriculum will be addressed. 3 credits.
Pre-requisite(s): CSD 515.

CSD 521: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

In this course, students will be introduced to augmentative and alternative communication technologies. The students will gain familiarities with technologies and strategies. The course will discuss severity and impairment and types of disabilities who may benefit from AAC. Assessment and intervention will be discussed. Students will address research and clinical practice associated with AAC. 3 credits.

CSD 524: Dysphagia in Adults and Children

In this course, students will be introduced to dysphagia within the adult and pediatric populations. This course will address anatomy and physiology related to swallowing as well as tracheotomy and ventilation purposes. 3 credits.
Pre-requisite(s): CSD 505.

CSD 570: Current Issues in Audiology

In this course students will learn techniques to evaluate and habilitate infants and children with hearing loss. Anatomy and physiology, and development of the auditory system will be discussed. Identification and minimization of communication disorders will also be studied along with literacy and education of the hearing impaired child. 3 credits.

CSD 575: Fluency Disorders

This course will address the physiologic, acoustic, perceptual, and social-emotional characteristics of fluency disorders in children and adults. Historical and current theories of the etiology and natural course of the disorder will be covered. Assessment and treatment will be discussed, with particular attention to evidence-based data to support clinical intervention. 3 credits.

CSD 580: Clinical Communication

This course will provide an overview of the key elements of effective clinical communication for Speech Language Pathologists and other healthcare professionals. Topics covered will include rapport building, communication competence, nonverbal communication, relational communication, and empathy. 3 credits.

CSD 603: Advanced Phonological Development and Disorders

Advanced study of typical and atypical phonological development. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify typical and atypical phonological development, and speech sound processes related to phonological disorders. The student will be able to develop evidence-based approaches to treat phonological and articulation disorders. 3 credits.

CSD 610: Clinical Practicum 1

This course is designed as the initial clinical practicum for student clinicians. According to the ASHA 2005 standards in Speech-Language Pathology for certification purposes, (Standard IV-C) a minimum of 25 hours of observation must be obtained. Observation hours must be within the scope of practice of speech language pathology. Students will be introduced to the process of integrating academics into the clinic setting including clinical hypothesis, intervention planning and procedures, assessment, written documentation, ethics, policy and procedure guidelines and professional clinical development. 3 credits.

CSD 611: Clinical Practicum 2

Students that have achieved all requirements from CSD 610 and clinical registration will participate in the first series of clinical practicum. This practicum is on site at the Iona College Speech and Language Clinic. Students will provide clinical practice including etiology characteristics, formal and informal assessment, and intervention under the supervision of a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Students will develop diagnostic and therapeutic knowledge and skills with individuals presenting with various communicative disorders and delays. The clinic seminar supports students in professional conduct, scope of practice, HIPAA regulations, Code of Ethics, and professional issues. Clinic student caseload will include client with mild to moderate communication disorders and delays. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 610.

CSD 612: Clinical Practicum 3

Students that have achieved all requirements from CSD 611 and clinical registration will participate in the second series of clinical practicum. This practicum is on site at the Iona College Speech and Language Clinic. Students will provide clinical practice including etiology characteristics, formal and informal assessment, and intervention under the supervision of a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Students will develop diagnostic and therapeutic knowledge and skills with individuals presenting with various communicative disorders and delays. The clinic seminar supports students in professional conduct, scope of practice, HIPAA regulations, Code of Ethics, and professional issues. Clinic student caseload will include clients with mild to severe communication disorders and delays. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 610, 611.

CSD 613: Clinical Practicum 4

Students that have achieved all requirements from CSD 610, CSD 611, CSD 612 and clinical registration will participate in the first series of an off site field placement. Students may participate in a variety of clinical settings that include medical, schools, or a specialty placement (i.e. private practice). The student clinician will intern in a professional setting under the supervision of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 610, 611, & 612.

CSD 614: Clinical Practicum 5

Students that have achieved all requirements from CSD 610, CSD 611, CSD 612, CSD 613, CSD 614 and clinical registration will participate in the final off site practicum. Students may participate in a variety of clinical settings that include medical, schools, or a specialty placement (i.e. private practice). The student clinician will intern in a professional setting under the supervision of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. 1 credit.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 610, 611, 612. & 613.

CSD 615: Evaluation Procedures for Diagnostic Purposes in Speech Language Pathology

The purpose of this course is to provide students the knowledge and skills set forth by ASHA Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence. Students will participate in a practical experience including the administration and reporting of formal and informal assessment instruments for communication disorders. All clinical students will be supervised by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 610.

Elective Courses (Students choose 2 courses)

CSD 522: Cranial Facial Anomalies In this course, students will be introduced to oral facial anomalies. This course will address research and clinical practice associated with cranial facial anomalies. This course will examine the characteristics of embryologic development, anatomy and physiology of the velopharyngeal system, characteristics of a cleft lip and cleft palate. 3 credits.

CSD 523: Childhood Motor Speech Disorders

In this course, students will be introduced to childhood motor speech disorders. This course will address childhood dysarthria's and developmental and verbal apraxia, types and characteristics of dysarthria's and apraxia. 3 credits.

CSD 525: Special Topics in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

In this course, students will be introduced to various settings including but not limited to medical, school, and early intervention services. ASHA standards and state requirements will be discussed. Service delivery, caseloads, special need populations. This course will address research and clinical practice associated with special topics in the discipline. 3 credits.

CSD 526: Cognitive Communication Disorders

This course is designed to provide the requisite knowledge about neurogenic cognitive communication disorders in adults. The course will focus on dementia, right hemisphere disorders, and traumatic brain injury. Throughout this course, the neurological pathology and the clinical performance will be discussed. In addition, the assessment and management for the clinical population will be provided.

CSD 581: Communication and Aging

This course will cover the communication changes often associated with aging. It will also help students develop effective and appropriate techniques for working with the aging population especially in relation to healthcare and clinical communication. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s):CSD 580.

CSD 583: Multiculturalism and Communication

This course will provide an overview of the key elements of our multicultural world and will enable students to understand the complexities of culture within the healthcare system. Students will learn intercultural communication theories that will foster practical diversity techniques to be utilized within the clinical setting. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 580.

CSD 585: Nonverbal Communication and Listening in the Clinical Setting

This course will examine the theories of nonverbal communication and listening in regards to the clinical setting. Once theories are learned the course will provide practical strategies for encoding and decoding nonverbal communication. Empathic listening and other listening strategies will also be taught. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 580.

CSD 587: Communicating with Families in the Clinical Setting

This course will provide an overview of the important theories about family communication in regards to the clinical setting. Students will be taught specific communication techniques to utilize with family members of their patients. Systems theory will also be introduced. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 580.

CSD 588: Case Studies in Communication

This course will examine case studies in health and clinical communication. Students will have the opportunity to analyze recent research in the field and decide how to utilize them within their own clinical experiences. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 580.

CSD 589: Healthcare Interviewing

This course will provide practical techniques for conducting interviews in the healthcare setting. Question formation and organization will be taught. This course will focus on how to use interviewing skills and techniques in order to assess a patient. Intake, history taking, motivational, and follow-up interviews will also be included. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 580.

CSD 599: Special Topics in Clinical Communication This course will provide special topics in clinical communication based on the most recent data and research. Topics might include barriers to clinical communication, clinical communication research, and patient-centered communication. 3 credits.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSD 580.