Communication Sciences & Disorders Welcome
Rockhurst's communication sciences and disorders undergraduate and graduate degree programs are known for preparing skilled clinicians and leaders in speech-language pathology. Here, you'll obtain the skills necessary to provide therapy services to children and adult clients who exhibit a wide range of communication disorders.
A hallmark of our CSD program is the close faculty-student interaction and mentoring relationships. Faculty serve as mentors for students, culminating in collaborative research projects and clinical service projects. These offer you opportunities to partner with community agencies, fulfilling the institution’s mission of providing leadership in service to others.
Our program incorporates externship clinical work in the Kansas City community, giving our students real life experience in a variety of facilities and settings.
Rockhurst offers a Bachelor of Science degree for undergraduate students and a Master of Science degree for those students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. Undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor of science in CSD complete pre-professional course work and are prepared for graduate study. Master-level students graduate as competent, caring clinical practitioners with a solid background across the scientific and life spectrums.
CSD Department Accreditation
The Master of Science program in speech-language pathology at Rockhurst University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
In March 2015, the Master of Science program in speech-language pathology received continued accreditation until 2023 from the Council on Academic Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Additionally, out of approximately 20 programs reviewed nationally, the Rockhurst CSD program was one of only two programs recognized for complete compliance with all standards. Learn more about accreditation decision information on the ASHA website.
CSD Department Vision Statement
Our vision is to achieve communication for all by developing leaders in communication sciences and disorders.
CSD Mission Statement
The Rockhurst University Communication Sciences and Disorders Department is a program of excellence which develops ethical, compassionate professionals through academic and clinical education that embraces community-based service-learning.