Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Options

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If you’re looking to become a leader in the field of speech-language pathology, look no further than the communication sciences and disorders program at Rockhurst University. Here, you’ll develop the skills necessary to provide speech-language services to children and adults. Through community-based clinical practicum experiences, service-learning opportunities, and a curriculum that emphasizes ethics, you’ll become a well-rounded clinician with a true passion for helping others.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Rockhurst University offers undergraduate and graduate level programs for students who are passionate about helping children and adults overcome a broad range of communication disorders. With an emphasis on an ethical and culturally sensitive approach, CSD programs equip students with the skills needed to identify and treat individuals with a number of communication and swallowing disorders.

Undergraduate Programs

Students who pursue a bachelor of science in CSD may be prepared for graduate work in speech-language pathology, audiology, special education, deaf education, and numerous other fields. Undergraduate coursework provides a broad scientific base for understanding typical development of the basic human communication and swallowing processes, as well as an introduction to the study of disorders of communication.

The undergraduate course sequence lists the specific courses you will complete in your undergraduate CSD program.

Master of Science

The Master of Science program prepares students to offer quality speech-language services in a variety of settings and facilities. The graduate program provides the required coursework and elective options that students need to assess and treat both pediatric and adult clients. Coupled with real-world clinical experience, the graduate curriculum develops students into well-rounded, compassionate clinicians dedicated to the service of others in the field of speech-language pathology.

For more information, view the graduate program overview or the graduate course sequence.

The Master of Science in CSD requires 37 core credit hours, a minimum of four elective credit hours and seven clinical practicum credit hours.

Post Bachelor’s Leveling Program

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than CSD or speech-language pathology can pursue a graduate degree in CSD through the post bachelor’s leveling program. Once provisionally admitted to the graduate program, students have the opportunity to complete the necessary prerequisite coursework to begin graduate studies in speech-language pathology.

Questions about the post bachelor’s leveling program may be directed to Kathy Ermgodts at


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.


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