Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

MHS prerequisite course work

All accredited speech-language pathology programs must fulfill the same content requirements; however, individual programs satisfy these requirements in varying ways. Following is the list of courses completed by BHS students at MU.  These courses fulfill prerequisite requirements for the MHS program at MU. (See the key below for required coursework for non-traditional students.)  While not all disorders areas are required, some exposure to disorders is necessary for a student to begin clinical practicum in Fall Semester.  If a student is lacking equivalent coursework upon admission to the program, a plan will be developed for its completion.


* = required

** = required; this content may be offered as some combination of Speech Science and Hearing Science or Speech and Hearing Science at other universities

^ = preferred, but not required


  • SLHS 2120 Survey of Communication Disorders
  • SLHS 3010 American Phonetics*
  • SLHS 3020 Normal Language Development*
  • SLHS 3210 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism**
  • SLHS 3220 Speech Acoustics**
  • SLHS 3230 Hearing Science**
  • SLHS 4020 Language Disorders in Children*
  • SLHS 4030 Language Disorders of Adults
  • SLHS 4210 Voice Disorders
  • SLHS 4220 Fluency Disorders
  • SLHS 4320 Disorders of Phonology and Articulation*
  • SLHS 4330 Introduction to Audiology*
  • SLHS 4340/7340 Aural Rehabilitation^
  • SLHS 4900 Clinical Observation in Communication Disorders*
  • SLHS 7430 Neurophysiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing^
  • One Statistics course (Recommended: Ed Statistics ECS PS 7170)

ASHA certification standards require the following general education coursework as well (at minimum):

  • One course in the biological sciences
  • One course in the behavioral/social sciences
  • One course in either chemistry or physics
  • One course in statistics

If a student with an undergraduate degree in a different field is interested in completing prerequisite coursework at the University of Missouri, the student must provide the department with test scores (ACT, SAT, or GRE scores) and transcripts for review to gain permission to take the courses.  Please contact the department at umhsshpslhs@health.missouri.edu for advising and/or more information, including online prerequisite options at other universities.