Communication Disorders Undergraduate Program

Communication Disorders Undergraduate Program Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

Communication Disorders

Build a strong scientific foundation for a rewarding career.

Learn the science behind communication and the skills needed to improve the lives of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders. A bachelor's degree in communication disorders from California University of Pennsylvania gives you a broad understanding of speech and hearing processes, as well as the diagnostic and rehabilitation procedures utilized in speech-language pathology and audiology.

This pre-professional undergraduate program prepares you for a wide-range of entry-level jobs, as well as graduate studies in speech-language pathology, audiology,or other professional training programs.

A comprehensive, hands-on education prepares you for success.

  • Receive strong academic instruction from extensively qualified faculty.
  • Observe real clients who are diagnosed with communication disorders and treated in the University's Speech and Hearing Clinic.
  • Participate in a hands-on experience with preschool-age children in the department's Learning and Language Center.
  • Collaborate with graduate students and clinical faculty in a hands-on, client-centered approach to targeting diagnostic and treatment goals for clients attending the University's Speech and Hearing Clinic.
  • Develop familiarity with how to make evidence-based clinical decisions and experience writing objective clinical documentation.

Communication Disorders

Clinical Experience: Clinical Experience: As a communication disorders major, you will experience hands-on clinical contact as part of your bachelor's degree. You will have opportunities to assist in the department's Learning and Language Center preschool program, Cal U's Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Audiology Clinic

Top Faculty: Our undergraduate professors also teach in Cal U's communication disorders master's degree program and have decades of real-world experience in clinical settings. They are actively publishing articles and manuscripts relevant to aspects of the field of speech-pathology, and presenting papers at state and national conferences.

Minimum grade-point average required for communication disorders students who wish to go on to graduate school.
The average annual salary for speech therapists is $76,900 per year. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
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Degree Benefits

From applicable knowledge to on-the-job skills, discover the many benefits of the bachelor's degree program in communication disorders:

  • Gain a scientific understanding of normal speech, language and hearing.
  • Learn about a vast array of communication disorders.
  • Develop skills to help assess, diagnose and treat communication disorders.
  • Use a wide variety of evidence-based therapeutic instruments and procedures.
  • Prepare for a job as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist with real-world clinical practicums.
  • Assist professors in research projects.
  • Attend regional, state and national professional workshops and conventions.
  • Participate in Cal U's chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Conduct research to present at the University or at regional, state or national workshops and conventions.
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Graduate Outcomes


A degree in communication disorders leads to many rewarding careers. To work as a certified speech-language pathologist or speech therapist you must complete an accredited graduate program. You can also pursue graduate studies in social work, counseling and special education, or enter the workforce as a speech-language pathology assistant.

Communication Disorders Bachelor's Degree
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Student Speech and Hearing Club

Network with professionals working in speech-language pathology, travel to state and national conferences and participate in social, educational and community service activities. Cal U's Speech and Hearing Club is a chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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On-Campus Speech and Hearing Clinic

Cal U's department of communication disorders manages an on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic where clients come for speech therapy each week. We also manage an intensive group experience for children in a "preschool-like" environment. All clinical areas are accessible by video monitoring, so program courses can be linked with related clinical experiences. 

Communication Disorders Bachelor's Courses

This pre-professional bachelor's degree program focuses on comprehensive courses and hands-on clinical experiences to provide a strong scientific foundation in communication disorders and speech-language pathology.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
CMD 100  Survey of Speech Pathology 3
CMD 108  Nature of Language 3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education OR Related Professional Courses 3
General Education Course/Health and Wellness 3
Second Semester 14
CMD 105  Language and Speech Development 3
CMD 203  Phonetics 3
CMD 220  Communication Across the Lifespan 4
CMD 400 OR 402  Clinical Practicum 1
General Education OR Related Professional Course 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
Any Fine Arts Course 3
CMD 221  Speech Science 3
CMD 400 OR 402  Clinical Practicum 1
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy 3
Fourth Semester 15
CMD 310  Anatomy and Physiology 3
CMD 216  Articulation 3
CMD 300  Speech Pathology I 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology 3
Physics or Chemistry with/without Lab*** 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
Biology with/without Lab*** 3
CMD 301  Speech Pathology II 3
CMD 305  Introduction to Audiology 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
Any Statistics Course 3
Sixth Semester 15
CMD 306  Acoustics/Psychoacoustics 3
CMD 320  Assessment of Speech and Language Development 3
CMD 322  Technical Writing in Health and Education 3
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
Any American/English Literature Course (Humanities) 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
CMD 321  Common Organic Disorders  3
CMD 350  Sign Language and Braille 3
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Options Course 3
Eighth Semester 13 or 14
CMD 400 OR 402  Clinical Practicum 1 or 2
CMD 450  Introduction to Clinical Procedures 3
PHI 307  Medical Ethics 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Total 120

Program Notes

  • This is an example of a typical class schedule. Changes may occur.
  • Notice *** above related to required science courses. Of the two courses, one must include a lab.
  • Three credits of CMD 400 or 401 are required for this degree. The student may accomplish this by enrolling in CMD 400 three times (1 credit each) or by enrolling in CMD 400 once (1 credit) PLUS enrolling in CMD 401 (2 credits). Students who fail to earn an overall GPA of 3.00 or above are not permitted to enroll in the CMD 400-401 series. Without completing CMD 400, they will not graduate in the major and will be instructed to change their majors to B.S. in General Education, using CMD 321 and CMD 322 as their writing intensive component. Both continued enrollment in this department and enrollment in CMD 400/401 requires an overall GPA of 3.00 or above.
  • The student must submit current clearances in any term during which he/she is enrolled in CMD 400/401 or scheduled for other clinical experiences. These include Act 24 (Arrest and Conviction); Act 34 (Criminal Record); Act 114 (Federal Criminal History Record); Act 151 (Child Abuse); and the department's HIPAA and confidentiality training.
  • Credits earned for developmental courses do not count toward graduation.

Communication Disorders Master's Degree

Master's Degree Program

Communication Disorders Master's Degree

A specialized graduate degree that prepares students for a rewarding career providing clinical services as a speech-language pathologist (SLP).

Communication Disorders Faculty

Dr. Ralph Belsterling
Associate Professor

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Nancy Carlino
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Denise Joseph
Associate Professor

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Dr. Samantha Procaccini
Associate Professor and Clinical Director

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Dr. Robert Skwarecki

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