Our undergraduate students gain a strong pre-professional foundation in communication sciences and disorders that prepares them to go on to graduate professional degrees, work as speech-language assistants (also called speech-language technicians) or move into other careers in health, education, and human services. We offer comprehensive, rigorous, supportive education at a reasonable cost. Our online program, with its full course offerings every semester, and multiple program choices (1st bachelor, 2nd bachelor, non-degree leveling) allows students to pursue their education at their own pace.
Undergraduate students gain strong preparation in normal human communication processes. This involves the anatomy, physiology, neurology, and acoustics of hearing, balance, speech, language, and swallowing. It includes linguistics, typical development of speech and language, and sociocultural aspects of communication. This pre-professional education introduces students to communication disorders and clinical practice. After this preparation, students can apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology or move into preparatory coursework in deaf education within the department or other helping professions. Is a degree in comunication sciences and disorders for you?
Graduate students participate in our campus clinics, open year-round for people of all ages in the community. Student clinicians work under the guidance of licensed, certified professionals to test, treat, and manage speech, language, hearing and balance concerns in our new state-of-the-art Sorenson Center for Clinical Excellence. Students gain expertise working with young children with hearing loss through our campus Sound Beginnings program. Students go on to specialized practicum placements at hospitals, clinics, schools, and early intervention programs throughout Utah, graduating ready to start their careers making a difference in the lives of people with communication disorders and differences.
If you are interested in a Ph.D., you can do that through our department. We have opportunities in the interdisciplinary programs of Disability Disciplines and Neuroscience. You will follow a specially-designed course of study in your area of interest, under the guidance of a professor mentor. You will participate in research projects and grant applications, conduct your own independent research, engage in guided teaching experiences, and conduct clinical supervision. The program typically takes 4 years of study. For audiology, the course of study can be combined with the clinical study, typically resulting in only 1 additional year of study. During their doctoral study, students are often funded through research, teaching, or clinical supervision duties.