The Communicative Disorders major involves studies in the disciplines of speech and hearing sciences, audiology and speech-language pathology. The undergraduate program offers an emphasis in either Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology. Graduate programs within the Department include the Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology as well as the Doctor of Audiology.
Students will demonstrate:
- Basic knowledge of the theories and principles of acoustics and anatomy and physiology of normal speech, language and audition.
- Basic knowledge of normal speech, language and auditory development and function, as well as an understanding of the theories and principles of their acquisition.
- Basic knowledge of speech, language and auditory disorders, including etiologies and characteristics.
- Basic knowledge and application of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for speech, language and auditory disorders.
- Application of evidence-based practice and clinical problem-solving skills to defend assessment and treatment choices.
There are special requirements for admission to the major. Undergraduate instruction is divided between a Pre-Clinical and a Clinical Phase. There are no preadmission requirements for the department’s Pre-Clinical Phase. All entering undergraduate and post-baccalaureate undeclared majors are regarded as Pre-Clinical Phase students. Once junior level or higher academic standing is achieved, Pre-Clinical Phase students must complete CD 405, CD 410, CD 415 and CD 442 or the equivalent and subsequently established themselves as “Eligible for Clinical Privileges” at the CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center as part of the Clinical Phase of instruction. Course equivalents for CD 405, 410, 415 and 442 must be submitted for review and approval by a faculty advisor and the department chair. Application established oneself as “Eligible for Clinical Privileges” is made during the semester in which the Pre-Clinical Phase courses are in progress of completion.
Please note that satisfactory completion of Pre-Clinical Phase courses includes a grade of “B” or better in each of the four classes. Enrollment in clinical courses (e.g., CD 465, CD 475 or CD 469O) is not permitted without department approval of being “Eligible for Clinical Privileges.” Evaluation for admission to Clinical Privileges includes a faculty assessment of academic and clinical potential, passing of a criminal background check, academic transcripts and satisfactory completion of the Pre-Clinical Phase courses.
Once identified as being “Eligible for Clinical Privileges,” the student is regarded as a Clinical Phase student and should consult an academic advisor regarding the area of major emphasis (undergraduate Speech-Language Pathology, undergraduate Audiology or post-baccalaureate undeclared majors emphasizing Speech-Language Pathology), proper course sequencing and prerequisites for advanced courses. Each Clinical Phase student maintains Clinical Privileges by (a) earning a grade of “B” or better in each clinical course; (b) complying with the policies and rules of the CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center; (c) complying with the applicable laws and regulations of the California Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; (d) observing the ASHA Code of Ethics; and (e) maintaining good academic standing (as defined by the University).
If a student is identified as being “Ineligible for Clinical Privileges,” or if such privileges have been suspended or revoked, it is possible to complete the baccalaureate degree as a nonclinical major by substitution for all client-contact courses.
Instructions, due dates and application forms for Clinical Privileges are available in the department office. Clinical Phase students are advised that Clinical Privileges may be suspended or revoked at any time by the department for failure to attain a grade of “B” or better in all clinical courses (e.g., CD 465 et seq., 475 et seq., 469O, 668 and 672AB), for violations of ethical conduct or state licensure regarding client care, for academic probation beyond one semester, or for failure to adhere to the regulations and policies of the CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center or of the department. Further information on Pre-Clinical and Clinical Phase components of the department’s programs is offered during scheduled monthly student orientation sessions.