The undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares students for careers in speech-language pathology, audiology and other related fields. The entry-level degree for licensure and practice as a speech-language pathologist is the master’s degree, while audiologists complete a four-year doctoral degree.
Appalachian’s CSD undergraduate degree provides students with the academic preparation and clinical exposure necessary for graduate study. Academic requirements include 49 semester hours of major coursework, 6 hours of electives, and 15 hours in an academic interest area. The coursework is focused on normal development of speech, language and hearing processes as well as associated disorders.
In the last year of the program, students may participate in a clinical experience at Appalachian’s Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic. This clinical experience is designed to give undergraduate students exposure to individuals with communication disorders.
Following completion of a graduate degree and licensure, speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in a variety of settings including preschool programs, public and private schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community clinics, home health and private practice.
Appalachian has a master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology, so many students continue in this program.
Career information from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Core courses include:
- Introduction to Communication Disorders
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
- Basic Speech and Hearing Science
- Basic Speech and Hearing Science Laboratory
- Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
- Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan
- Cultural Diversity and Communication Disorders
- Syndromes and Conditions with Associated Communication Disorders
- Sign Language I
- Sign Language II
- Evaluating Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Writing in the Discipline)
- Communication Development
- Structural Analysis of Language
- Management of Hearing Disorders
- Neuroanatomy and Physiology
- Adult Language Disorders (Senior Capstone)
MinorsA minor is not required.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) - a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. National membership is available to undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students enrolled full- or part-time in a communication sciences program or related major.
- ASU American Sign Language Club - a student organization that raises awareness for the deaf community and knowledge of ASL through events and fundraisers.
- Operation Smile club - a student organization in support of the international medical charity.
- Autism Speaks U - a student organization that promotes autism awareness within the local community, acts as an advocate for people with autism and sponsors fundraising events for autism research.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students apply for admission in their sophomore year. Requirements for admission include:
- Have earned at least 45 semester hours and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at time admission is offered
- Have obtained a B or higher in CSD 2259 Introduction to Communication Disorders, CSD 2260 Anatomy and Physiology, and a science course of at least 3 semester hours.
- Students pursue a major that focuses on normal development of speech, language and hearing processes as well as associated disorder areas.
- In their last year in the program, students complete 25 observation hours in the university’s Communication Disorders Clinic. This gives them exposure to individuals with communication disorders.
- Appalachian has a master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology, so many students continue in this program.
- The student organization (NSSLHA) offers community and opportunities to learn about the profession and people it serves.
Method of Delivery
On campus only
These require education beyond a bachelor’s degree.
- Speech Language Pathologist
Dr. Gail S. Donaldson
BCBS-NC Professor and Department Chair