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Communication Disorders

Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders

The Communication Disorders Major is designed for students to acquire skills and competencies in the areas of speech, hearing, language, and swallowing. This program in Communication Disorders is designed to prepare students for registration as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant and for graduate work in Speech Language Pathology or Audiology.

This program is approved by the California State Board for Speech and Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA) as an official work training program. Students who earn a Communication Disorders degree and complete their required 126 clinical hours will be eligible to register as a SLPA in the state of California. Students can then work as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, under the direct supervsision of licensed Speec-Language Pathologists.

One of the leading national healthcare trends is the increase in hearing, speech, language and swallowing problems among the growing aging population. Furthermore, medical advances continue to improve survival rates of premature infants, trauma, and stroke patients. These trends will influence health care for the next generation and CBU seeks to strategically position itself to help train future healthcare providers. As a result, CBU offers the BS in Communication Disorders as an option for students who desire to work and serve individuals who have medical conditions related to speech, hearing, language and swallowing. 

Course Requirements

Please reference the 2014-2015 Degree Guide for Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders.

For course descriptions and course requirements from previous academic years, please reference the University Catalog, and select the catalog for the enrolled academic year.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Communication Disorders program, graduates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
  • Knowledge of the nature of communication disorders and differences in areas of articulation, fluency, voice, language, hearing, swallowing, cognition, social communication, and communication modalities.
  • Basic knowledge of the principles and methods of the prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication disorders.
  • Knowledge of contemporary professional issues, including standards of ethical conduct, certifications, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials, as well as state and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice.
  • Knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice.
  • Professional oral and written or other form of communication skills.