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 3
CMD 400 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 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 401 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

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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