Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Speech Language Pathology and Audiology - Learn the science behind speech and language development and how we as humans communicate with one another.

You’ll acquire a broad understanding of speech, language, and hearing processes, developmental and acquired disorders in communication and swallowing, and the diagnostic and rehabilitation procedures utilized in speech-language pathology and audiology.

If you’d like to improve the lives of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders, consider this pre-professional undergraduate program from PennWest. You’ll receive a comprehensive, hands-oneducation that will prepare you for a wide-range of entry-level jobs, as wellas graduate studies in speech-language pathology, audiology or otherprofessional training programs.

As a Communication Sciences and Disorders major, you’ll learn from highly qualified faculty with extensive clinical experience. They will not only provide you with a solid academic foundation but guide you as you observe real clients who are diagnosed with communication and swallowingdisorders and are treated in the University’s Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Collaboration is key for future professionals in this field. At PennWest, you’ll learn to work with graduate students and clinical faculty using a client-centered approach to targeting diagnostic and treatment goals for clients. This will help you develop familiarity with making evidence-based clinical decisions and writing objective clinical documentation.

Upon graduation, you will have the knowledge and skills you need to go on to graduate school or to enter the workforce in a high-demand field in a variety of healthcare and educational work settings.

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Credits: 120

Nancy Carlino


The median annual salary for speech-language pathologists in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Minimum grade-point average required for communication disorders students who wish togo on to graduate school.

Hands-on Experience

Participate in our on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic to learn about communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults .

Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS)
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Careers and Salaries

Careers that relate to communication science and communication disorders are on the rise. According to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for speech-language pathologists  are expected to grow 21% -- much faster thanother occupations – between now and 2031. Jobs for audiologists are expected togrow 10% in the same time period. Both of these professions require youcomplete an accredited graduate program.

As a graduate of PennWest’s B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, you may also pursue graduate studies in social work, counseling, and special education or enter the workforce as a speech-language pathology assistant.

Program Outcomes

  1. Explain and apply knowledge of the developmental norms for speech/language acquisition.
  2. Explain and apply knowledge of speech, language and hearing disorders.
  3. Explain how individual, cultural and linguistic differences influence communication. 
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic clinical process for the evaluation and remediation of communication disorders and differences.
  5. Apply critical thinking, problem solving and logical reasoning skills to topics in CSD.
  6. Demonstrate effective written communication skills to explain and describe content and research knowledge, and critical thinking skills asthey apply to topics in CSD.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

Flexible. Affordable.
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