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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Department located?

  • ASP, while administered by the UTHSC College of Health Professions in Memphis, is physically located in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • All ASP faculty, classes, and campus clinics are located on the UT Knoxville campus.
  • Program-approved externship experiences for the last semester of the MS SLP program and the last three semesters of the AuD program may be located anywhere in the United States.
  • Other UTHSC degree programs located in Knoxville include the Graduate School of Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and portions of the College of Dentistry.

Are students required to carry health insurance while in the program?

  • All UTHSC students must maintain health insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment.  For details, follow this link, and/or contact the One Stop Shop at (901) 448-7703.
  • Students are required to show proof of current health insurance prior to enrollment and throughout their time at UTHSC. They can do so by emailing completing the “Insurance Verification Form” and submitting to the Office of Student Life at UTHSC.
  • If an ASP student does not have, or fails to show proof of, current health insurance, they will be enrolled in University Student Health Insurance via UTHSC.  The student will be billed a Health Service Fee payable each term. See the fee schedule for more information.
  • While enrolled at ASP, you will have access to healthcare at UTK Student Health Services.

Is a tuition waiver provided?

  • Yes. All of our Ph.D. students currently receive a full tuition waiver in return for working a 20-hour per week graduate assistantship. The graduate assistantship also carries with it a stipend that is paid by our department.
  • Although a tuition waiver is provided, the university does require students to pay various fees that are not part of tuition. In 2017, the fees were approximately $1000. Please see fee schedule for more information.

What is the GRE or TOEFL code for UTHSC?

  • 1850

Can students get certified as SLPs or Audiologists while doing their Ph.D.?

  • Students who wish to be certified in Audiology should complete their clinical work in the Au.D. program before applying to transfer to the Ph.D. program.
  • Students wishing to be certified as SLPs may do so at the end of their Ph.D. program if and only if they are making outstanding progress in their research. Please note, however, that tuition for clinical courses is NOT covered by the tuition waiver since those courses are not part of the Ph.D. program.

Is there an application fee?

  • There is no application fee for the Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Are part-time students accepted?

  • No. All Ph.D. students are required to be full-time students who are continuously enrolled for 12 months out of the year.

Do I need to be in Knoxville to complete the program requirements?

  • Yes, students are required to be in residence in Knoxville to complete the majority of program requirements.  There are no on-line/distance learning courses available for these degree programs.
  • Externship experiences may be in Knoxville or at any program-approved site in the United States.

Where can I find the academic calendar?

  • The academic calendar details the start and end dates for ASP coursework each semester of a given academic year. The current academic calendar can be found on the UTHSC Office of the Registrar’s website at this link.


Last Published: Jan 8, 2018