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Communication Disorders

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Communication Disorders


The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders is a preprofessional degree program which provides students with academic and practical preparation considered essential for success in the Communication Disorders graduate program.

The undergraduate curriculum offers students a broad base of preparation in general education requirements, the sciences associated with communication and its disorders, anatomy and physiology, and a number of basic methods courses associated with the identification and treatment of a variety of communication disorders.


Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Declaring Your Major

    Any student may declare a Communication Disorders major, however, formal admission to the program does not occur until the following requirements are met:

    • 2.75 or better Overall GPA
    • A minimum of 30 hours of earned academic credit
    • "B" or better in the following class:
      • MATH 1023 College Algebra
    • "C" or better in the following classes:
      • ENG 1003 Composition I
      • ENG 1013 Composition II
    • 3.2 or better combined GPA for the following classes:
      • PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology
      • CHEM 1013: and 1011 General Chemistry Lec and Lab
      • BIO 2203 / 2201: Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture & Lab 
      • CD 2653: Introduction to Communication Disorders
      • CD 2104: Anatomy and Physiology of Communication
      • CD 2203: Phonetics
    • Fifteen (15) clock-hours of documented, prescribed observation
    • A speech & hearing screening (Free for CD Students)
  • How to Apply

    Applying to the Program

    Upon completion of admission requirements, formal program admission is typically processed during the junior year.

    Completing the Application

    The student, in conjunction with their academic advisor, will complete the admission application and submit for processing. Senior level courses require program admission, therefore, students not meeting undergraduate program requirements will not be eligible to complete the Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders.

    Student Handbook

    Upon formal program admission, students will be required to obtain a copy of the Communication Disorders Undergraduate Program Handbook and must submit designated signature pages from the handbook to the academic advisor.

  • Additional Costs


    In addition to tuition costs, Communication Disorders students will incur the following expenses.

    Clinical Rotation

    Every student will participate in a one-semester clinical rotation prior to graduation. At the undergraduate level, the clinical experience is most frequently obtained on-campus at the ASU Speech and Hearing Center.

    In the event the clinical rotation is scheduled at an off-campus clinical site, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange for transportation to and from clinical sites and any expense related to it. Additionally, if the clinical site requires it, a background check may be required at a cost between $50.00 and $100.00.

    CPR & TB Skin Test

    CPR certification and a TB skin test are also required prior to clinical practicum enrollment. Students are notified of free or low-cost certification opportunities regularly (cost varies depending on provider).

    Malpractice Insurance

    All students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical practicum sites. The annual cost of this insurance is approximately $40.00.

    Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance is distributed prior to the first clinical practicum rotation during preparatory courses.

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  • Accreditation

    Accreditation by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is not required at the undergraduate level due to the pre-professional nature of the program.  State licensure and certification of clinical competence are only available upon completion of a master's degree, Au.D., or Ph.D.

Admission into the Graduate Program

Admission into the Undergraduate Program in Communication Disorders (BS CMD) does not imply or guarantee admission into the Graduate Program in Communication Disorders (MCD).  

Admission is competitive based on space available.