The costs associated with the programs in Audiology and Speech Pathology include ongoing fees and one-time time fees. A window to the university "Cost of Attendance" webpage is shown below and indicates the current tuition as well as other fees such as student health insurance, late fees, malpractice insurance, etc.
In addition to tuition, the graduate programs in Audiology and Speech Pathology have a $50 per credit professional fee. One-time fees are related to clinician credentialing and include background check, immunizations, CPR/AED certification, patient contact hour program registration, etc.
Course and Professional Fee Allocation
The strategic plan focuses upon meeting the mission of the university, particularly as it relates to providing highly trained professionals for Idaho. A major emphasis of the graduate programs in Audiology and Speech Pathology has been to increase its ability to meet the needs of rural Idaho. In order to meet the needs of the state and of the profession nationally the Department has developed numerous programs that allow students to gain access to instruction from remote sites via internet and live, interactive distance learning. Support for these and the traditional classroom functions comes from a mix of state appropriated funds and fees generated through other sources. Below is a listing of the fees, as well as the current allocation of these resources.
Only undergraduate courses are subject to course fees. These funds are restricted in their use to the specific class for which they are assessed, so that 100% of each course fee goes to support of the individual course. Examples of the fund usage include software and equipment for phonetic transcription instruction and purchase and maintenance of cadaver specimens.
Professional fees have a broader purpose, in that they support the entire program function as opposed to individual courses. There are 3 professional fees assessed within CSED: Graduate Professional Fees, Online Preprofessional Fees, and Online Speech-Language Pathology Fees. The use of each of these is discussed below.
Graduate professional fees:
Graduate students pay a $50 per credit hour fee that has replaced all course fees. This fee serves to support the graduate programs through clinical faculty salary (55%), clinical and instructional equipment maintenance and renewal (22%), clinic supplies and materials (16%), faculty professional development (15%), faculty and staff intercampus and professional travel (22%), and materials and supplies (14%).
Online Preprofessional Fees:
The Online Preprofessional Program (OPP) was conceived to meet the needs of rural communities that sought to "grow their own" Speech-Language Pathologists by supporting re-training of teachers and other public school professionals. In this program, students with a Bachelor's degree in another field can take leveling coursework to prepare them in applying for admission to a graduate program. This program received seed money from the Idaho State Board of Education (ISBOE) for development of the curriculum, but all instruction must be paid through self-generated funds. A fee of $196 per credit hour is paid by students in the program, which provides payment for faculty salaries for instruction (72%), graduate student worker support (7%), technology repair, maintenance and replacement (8%), materials and supplies (10%), and intercampus network support (4%). This program is entirely self-supported.
These are not fees per se, but rather represent another source of student support in the department. Clinic revenues arise from services rendered by students supervised by clinical faculty on the Pocatello and Meridian clinic sites for Speech-language Pathology and Audiology. Revenues support 1.0 FTE Administrative Assistant (40%), .4 FTE academic faculty (24%), audiology and speech-language pathology equipment (12%), clinic supplies and therapy tests and materials (8%), and communications (8%).
Malepeai, B. & Seikel, J. A. (2007). Crisis in Idaho: Addressing the Shortage of Speech-Language Pathologists in Idaho's Schools. Poster presented at annual convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Boston, MA.