Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders 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.

3.0 
Minimum grade-point average required for communication disorders students who wish to go on to graduate school.
$77K 
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 Examples
  • Survey Of Speech Pathology
  • Nature OfLanguage
  • Language And SpeechDevelopment
  • Phonetics
  • Communication Across The Lifespan
  • SpeechScience
  • Anatomy And Physiology
  • Articuiation
  • SignLanguageAnd Braille

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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

belsterling@calu.edu

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Dr. Barbara Bonfanti
Professor

bonfanti@calu.edu

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Nancy Carlino
Assistant Professor

carlino@calu.edu

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Dr. Denise Joseph
Associate Professor

joseph@calu.edu

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Dr. Samantha Procaccini
Assistant Professor and Clinical Director

procaccini@calu.edu

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Dr. Robert Skwarecki
Professor

skwarecki@calu.edu

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