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Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders

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Choose Saint Rose for Your Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Help others find their voice.

If you aspire to help people overcome everyday challenges in communication and swallowing, the Saint Rose program in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) is your route to a rewarding career as a speech-language pathologist (SLP), also known as “speech therapy”.

SLPs work with clients of all types – from infants with feeding difficulties and students with dyslexia, to patients recovering from traumatic brain injury or stroke; from business executives managing stuttering issues to transgender individuals learning to modulate their tone and pitch.

As a student in Saint Rose bachelor’s program, you’ll develop the foundational skills to serve children and adults with speech, language or hearing disabilities, and become a highly competitive candidate for CSD graduate study (required to become a licensed, certified SLP).

Accelerated Dual-Degree Program

You may also qualify for our accelerated dual-degree (B.S./M.S.Ed.) program, which offers significant time and money savings, as well as automatic acceptance into Saint Rose’s competitive CSD graduate program.

Program Highlights

  • Enjoy small class sizes and approachable faculty with broad and diverse clinical experience and a wide range of expertise
  • Develop comprehensive clinical skills and competencies, and the ability to apply them for varied clinical needs
  • Course-embedded clinical observations and activities teach you essential knowledge and skills through classroom instruction integrated with hands-on clinical experience
  • Benefit from our philosophy of clinical service delivery, with the goal of serving individuals in the most effective and humane manner possible
  • Join a diverse, supportive community of aspiring CSD professionals
  • Study normal communication; the scientific bases of speech, language, and hearing; and communication disorders
  • Participate in Saint Rose’s chapter of the national Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) to stay abreast of trends and events in the field and develop your career potential
  • Become a competitive candidate for Saint Rose’s highly regarded CSD graduate program

Our Students

All of my professors have extensive experience in the field and have taught me more than I could have asked for. I’ve learned that you can pass every test and receive every degree, but you won’t be successful in a field like this if you don’t love what you do and have a passion for helping every person you work with.

Shannon Linquist ’21
B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders

Exceptional Faculty

Experienced, knowledgeable practitioners with a passion for teaching

Our CSD faculty combine cutting-edge theory with hands-on practice to provide you with a rich, fulfilling learning experience. While they’re experts in the field, they’re also approachable, sympathetic, and dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Visit our full faculty page to learn about each faculty member you’ll meet at Saint Rose.

Meet Our Faculty
Deirdre Muldoon

Deirdre Muldoon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCBA-D Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Listen to Professors in Action

Fun With Food: A Positive Approach to Behavioral Feeding Disorders

Check out this episode of the Speechie Side Up podcast featuring Assistant Professor Deirdre Muldoon, discussing behavior feeding difficulties.

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Bachelor’s Program Overview

The Saint Rose CSD program, comprising 122 credit hours, combines a liberal-arts and sciences education with a rigorous pre-professional, clinical education. You’ll study speech, hearing, and swallowing disorders, language development, research methods, voice disorders, and speech-language-hearing programs in schools, among other topics.

We have built a unique and comprehensive sequence of clinical field experiences into the curriculum, including:

  • In Clinical Methods and Supervised Observation, complete 25 hours of observation of therapy and diagnostic sessions under the supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist
  • In the Supervised Clinical Practicum in your final year, take part in a clinical experience that includes supervised assessment and treatment of clients with speech and language problems as well as typical communication development, and share your clinical experiences with peers in a required seminar

Upon successful completion of our undergraduate CSD program, you will:

  • Be prepared for graduate studies in CSD or related disciplines
  • Understand basic human communication and swallowing processes
  • Understand typical, disordered, delayed, and different communication systems and behaviors, within a framework of respect for cultural diversity
  • Demonstrate basic clinical skills that are consistent with evidence-based practice (EBP)
  • Assimilate classroom instruction and clinical decision-making in preparation for clinical work
  • Understand professional issues that face practitioners in the communication sciences and disorders
  • Demonstrate professional attributes consistent with the department’s clinical philosophy

Frequently Asked Questions

More questions about our program? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Ed. Program

Accelerate your career with the Saint Rose dual degree program in CSD.

Saint Rose’s new, accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree program allows you to count some of your graduate course credits toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

  • Save time and money: Because accelerated programs allow students to apply 12 credits of graduate coursework to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees, this may significantly reduce the cost of their graduate study
  • You shorten your undergraduate study by one semester
  • Enjoy automatic acceptance into our competitive master’s program, if you meet the requirements for remaining in the program

Credit requirements and schedule

If accepted into this program, you’ll take all CSD classes required in our traditional program, and must meet all liberal-arts core requirements as well as all teacher-certification requirements. The credit requirements and timing are as follows:

  • Undergraduate portion: 122 credit hours, which may be completed in 3.5 years (excluding summers)
  • Graduate portion: 56 credit hours, typically completed in 5 to 6 additional semesters (including summers)

Approval for Fall 2020 semester

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has received approval to offer this option to qualified incoming high-school seniors, incoming transfer students, and current students.

For specific information about our master’s program in CSD, please refer to our program page.

Application Requirements

  • Score of 1200 (out of 1600) on the SATs or 28 on the ACTs. *
  • Average of 90 in both English and Science courses*
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher who can comment on your academic performance and potential for success in an advanced program.
  • Successful interview and writing sample with a member of the CSD department

*COVID may impede candidates’ ability to provide test scores and grades

  • A minimum of 45 credits completed at another institution(s)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or at least 3.2 in the last 30 credits taken
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member (from either Saint Rose or the institution from which the student transferred) who can comment on your academic performance and potential for success in an advanced program.
  • Successful completion of an interview and a spontaneous writing sample
  • A grade of B+ of better in the following courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years: CSD 100,109, 204, 219, 240, 225, 345
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.25
  • Successful completion of an interview and spontaneous writing sample
  • Department endorsement
  • No ongoing PQA concerns

Career Outlook

communication sciences disorders therapist working with patientLocated in the heart of New York’s Capital District, Saint Rose is minutes away from numerous research and teaching hospitals, healthcare facilities, and private and public schools, and offers a wealth of educational and practice opportunities for CSD students, both on and off campus. To the community, the department of Communication Sciences & Disorders is well known as a reliable source of excellent SLP, (speech therapist), talent, as well as a valuable resource of helpful SLPs and swallowing advice and services:

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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
School of Education
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Albany, NY 12203

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