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COMDDE 2nd Bachelor's Degree Online

The Online 2nd bachelor’s of science (BS) in in communicative disorders is a pre-professional degree program that provides students with academic and practical preparation needed for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. A master’s degree is the entry level for employment as a speech-language pathologist, with most settings also requiring a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Bachelor’s degree graduates may also work as technicians or assistants in the field of communicative disorders, but requirements and conditions vary by state and employer. Students also have the opportunity to move into the field of deaf education from the communicative disorders coursework. In addition, the undergraduate curriculum offers students a broad base of preparation in general education requirements, with a sound scientific foundation suitable for a variety of careers in health, education, and human services.

The 2nd BS is offered completely online. This is the most flexible solution if you are balancing work schedules, family time, and more. USU has been offering its online delivery for over 10 years, perfecting the online, higher-educational experience. Take it from those who have been through the program; out of a survey of nearly 700 students, 95.8% said they would recommend our online COMDDE program to others. Many have gone on to graduate school, gaining a strong foundation through this bachelor’s program.


Advisor Contact
Name: Brynne Davies
Phone: 435-797-8240
Kristy Meeks
Advising Assistant 

Course Sequence

To graduate with a second bachelor’s degree in COMD, degree-seeking students are required to take all 13 COMD courses in the sequence listed below, as well as a Breadth American Institutions course (US History, Economics, or Political Science) if this was not taken in the student’s first bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that COMD courses are taken in the order listed below but can be spread out to more than the three semesters outlined. All 13 of these courses are available online every semester. Please consult with your academic advisor if you have any questions, especially if you need help with a recommended courseload. To get your current textbook list go to the USU Bookstore.

COMD 2400  Observation and Orientation 1 Andrus
COMD 2500 Language, Speech, and Hearing Development 3 Filimoehala  
COMD 2600  Introduction to Communicative Disorders 2 Schofield  
COMD 3100 Fundamentals of Anatomy for Speech and Language 3 Child COMD Major
COMD 3500 Phonetics/Developmental Phonology 3 Manuel-Dupont COMD Major
COMD 4450 Assessment and Treatment of Children with Communicative Disorders 3 Bingham COMD Major
COMD 5100 Language Science 3 Manuel-Dupont COMD Major   
COMD 3400 Acoustics and Anatomy of the Ear 3 Porter 2500, COMD Major
COMD 5330 Aural Rehabilitation 3 Larsen 3100, COMD Major
COMD 3120 Disorders of Articulation and Phonology 3 Bingham 2500, 3500, COMD Major
COMD 3700 Basic Audiology 3 Jensen 3400, COMD Major
COMD 5070 Speech Science 3 Dromey 3100, 3500, 3400, COMD Major
COMD 5200 Language Assessment and Intervention for Preschool Children 3 Clark 2500, 5100, COMD Major

*All prerequisite courses must have been completed with a grade of B- or better.

We offer additional courses that may benefit you, depending on your future career path, and may be required for certain graduate schools. For SLP graduate school, ASHA requires one course in each of the following four areas: statistics*, biological science, physical science, and social/behavioral science (2014 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology). If you have not had these courses in your first bachelor’s degree, you are strongly encouraged to take them now. Please check with your advisor as you plan your coursework. Some of these non-COMD courses may not be taught every semester. For more information, see a complete list of online courses available at USU.

  • Introduction to Statistics, STAT 1040, 3 credits  OR  Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra, STAT 1045, 5 credits
  • Introduction to Biology, BIOL 1010, 3 credits
  • Human Anatomy, BIOL 2320, 4 credits  OR  Human Physiology, BIOL 2420, 4 credits
  • Intro to Chemistry, CHEM 1010, 3 credits  OR  Intro to Physics by Hands-on-Exploration, PHYS 1200, 4 credits  
  • General Psychology, PSY 1010, 3 credits
  • Development Across the Lifespan, FCHD 1500, 3 credits
  • Education of Exceptional Individuals, SPED 4000, 2 credits
  • Sign Language, COMD 3010, 4 credits

*If it has been more than one year since you have completed the prerequisite math course, taking Statistics through USU will require a completion of a math placement exam.