Speech Pathology

SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Rockhurst University’s communication sciences and disorders degree is a pre-professional speech pathology undergraduate program that prepares you to serve children and adults with a broad range of communication disorders.

Program Overview

If you’re wondering how to become a speech pathologist, RU’s acclaimed communication disorders major is the best place to start.

With a foundation in Jesuit, liberal arts education, our communication science program emphasizes an ethical and culturally sensitive approach to its speech therapy curriculum. Our communication sciences and disorders degree consists of 56 credit hours and includes courses in human communication disorders, culture and diversity, and speech and hearing science.

It is an excellent option for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree to become a speech pathologist, or further specialize their communication science expertise with a graduate degree in audiology or occupational therapy. The University also offers a communication sciences and disorders minor.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates who earn a communication sciences and disorders degree from RU will be able to:

  • Understand normal human communication and swallowing processes.
  • Identify and describe the etiologies and characteristics of communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of multicultural sensitivity as it relates to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
  • Apply effective oral and written communication skills in all academic settings.

Career Outcomes

What speech pathology jobs are available to you post-graduation? Graduates will be prepared to take on roles such as:

  • Speech pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech pathology assistant
  • Preschool teacher
  • Early intervention specialist


The median salary for speech pathologists is $77,500 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Application Options

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Academic Excellence

With some of the best academics in Kansas City and beyond, we provide an experience that values students and changes lives, reflected through our expert faculty and the success our graduates enjoy.

89 % of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field

97 % career and grad school placement rates

23 % higher salary than U.S. median

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Why Study at Rockhurst?


Located in the cultural heart of Kansas City, RU’s beautiful 55-acre campus is where more than 3,000 students call home.

Consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

More than 97% of students receive financial assistance and scholarship opportunities.

With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students receive the personal attention and support they need to grow in knowledge and in character.