Jul 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CS&D) Major and Learning Outcomes


Overview

The Communication Sciences & Disorders department offers a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a traditional Bachelor of Arts in communication sciences and disorders, and the accelerated Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders to MS (3+2) program. The department also offers a Minor in communication sciences and disorders.

Please note: The accelerated 3+2 Program requires a two-step admissions process. This includes academic acceptance to the University, followed by an invited interview with the CS&D program for qualified applicants.

Vision

To be recognized as a leader in the advancement and practice of speech language pathology through innovative teaching and research, mentored professional practice, and ethical preparation enabling students to construct new ideas and to lead lives of impact.

Mission

To provide a transformative learning experience consistent with the University’s core values of gentleness, humility, gratitude, hospitality and wisdom. 

Program Goals

Students and graduates of the DeSales University programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders will:

  1. Practice with a compassion and understanding that exemplifies Salesian and Christian humanistic values of gentleness, humility, and simplicity for every person in their care
  2. Integrate theoretical knowledge of foundational and clinical sciences in communication and swallowing disorders with evidence-based practice in the creation and implementation of effective and contemporary treatment plans
  3. Communicate effectively with a spirit of camaraderie and collaboration as productive members of an inter-professional healthcare team
  4. Respect the uniqueness of cultural beliefs and values that influence interpersonal communication and behavior in a complex healthcare environment
  5. Consider the patient holistically in the context of family, community, and society, and incorporate ethical principles into a patient-focused practice
  6. Engage in critical inquiry and scholarly activities within clinical practice that lead to innovation in the profession and a personal plan for lifelong learning
  7. Adopt a servant-leadership attitude to initiate and advocate for changes in health policy toward health promotion, disease prevention, wellness, and equitable access to care
  8. Function competently in a variety of clinical settings upon entry into the field

Undergraduate Program Student Learning Outcomes

Consistent with the University’s learning outcomes, the Communication Sciences and Disorders major will enable its students to demonstrate:

  • Content mastery across the pre-professional speech and hearing sciences curriculum
  • Understanding of clinical processes to prepare for graduate level academic work and clinical training. 
  • The knowledge and skills necessary to access and critically evaluate scholarly research
  • The ability to communicate scientific information in written and oral form to diverse audiences
  • Salesian values through ethical behavior and practice excellence in the areas of quality, safety, and professional accountability
  • A personal philosophy and professional development plan for future practice that acknowledges intentions for life-long learning

Academic Requirements

Language Requirements

International applicants should refer to the language requirements detailed in International Students of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Courses for the BA & BS in Communication Sciences & Disorders

In addition to the requirements of the core curriculum, the required major courses are:

Major Courses

  • CSD 105 Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders (3 credits)
  • CSD 115 Language Science (Linguistics) (3 credits)
  • CSD 125 Language Development (3 credits)
  • CSD 205 Introduction to Audiology (3 credits)
  • CSD 215 Phonetics (3 credits)
  • CSD 225 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (4 credits)
  • CSD 305 Speech Science (4 credits)
  • CSD 315 Intro to Communication Disorders (3 credits)
  • CSD 325 Speech Sound Disorders (3 credits)
  • CSD 335 Neuroscience of Communication (3 credits)
  • CSD 345 Intro to Clinical Processes in Speech-Language Pathology (3 credits)
  • CSD 355 Eval & Treatment of Communication Disorders + Writing Lab (4 credits)

Other ASHA Required Courses

  • Introduction Biology I (4 credits)
  • Probability & Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Physiological Chemistry (5 credits)

The above courses should be taken in the appropriate year and semester to allow for proper progression. For the accelerated BS program, the fourth and fifth years are completed in the Master of Speech-Language Pathology Program. Please see the Graduate Catalog for details. For all other classes refer to the Communications Sciences & Disorders Graduation Requirements form.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communications Sciences & Disorders

The traditional 4-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CS&D) will prepare the student to apply to graduate school to pursue a Master of Science in speech-language pathology.

Students in the BA program will follow a suggested plan of study as noted here, which includes all core and major curriculum courses, graduate program pre-requisite requirements, and minor electives:

YEAR 1

  • Composition and Rhetoric I (EN 103)
  • Composition and Rhetoric II (EN 104)
  • Foreign Language/World Cultures
  • Foreign Language/World Cultures
  • Introduction to Biology I (BI 151)
  • Probability & Statistics (MA 111)
  • Physiological Chemistry (CHEM 107)
  • Physical Education (Activity or Varsity Sport)
  • Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD 105)
  • Language Science (Linguistics) (CSD 115)
  • Language Development (CSD 125)

YEAR 2

  • Philosophical Principles (PL 109)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PS 109)
  • Humanities I
  • Humanities II
  • Literature MOT (EN 110, EN 112, or EN 115)
  • Catholic Theology (TH 109)
  • Physical Education (Activity or Varsity Sport)
  • Introduction to Audiology (CSD 205)
  • Phonetics (CSD 215)
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (CSD 225)

YEAR 3

  • Humanities III
  • Humanities IV
  • Intermediate Theology (200-300)
  • Free Elective/Minor
  • Free Elective/Minor
  • Free Elective/Minor
  • Speech Science (CSD 305)
  • Intro to Communication Disorders (CSD 315)
  • Speech Sound Disorders (CSD 325)

YEAR 4

  • Humanities III
  • Humanities IV
  • Intermediate Theology (200-300)
  • Free Elective/Minor
  • Free Elective/Minor
  • Free Elective/Minor
  • Neuroscience of Communication (CSD 335)
  • Intro to Clinical Processes in Speech-Language Pathology (CSD 345)
  • Evaluation & Treatment of Communication Disorders + Writing Practicum (CSD 355)

Minor in Communication Sciences & Disorders

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Minor  provides a solid foundation in the science underpinning normal communication and swallowing and an introduction to communication and swallowing disorders. The six courses are also considered pre-requisites for most graduate SLP programs. Students in the Health Communication, Neuroscience, and Psychology programs may find exceptional value in this minor.

Bachelor of Science in Communications Sciences & Disorders (3+2 Accelerated Program)

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CS&D) is an accelerated 3+2 Program that will prepare the student to become a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) after completing the post-graduate Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY).

Admission Requirements

High School Academics - There is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here’s an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses
  • Evidence of extracurricular activities during high school

SAT scores are highly recommended for students applying for the Healthcare Professions programs.

Interview - Qualified applicants will be invited to complete an interview with the CS&D program faculty.

Admission into the Communication Sciences & Disorders BS accelerated program is competitive. First, the applicant must be accepted by the University. Then, Admissions refers to the CS&D program qualified applicants, who must interview separately with the program. If accepted as a first-year student into the Communication Sciences & Disorders accelerated BS, the articulation agreement guarantees a seat in the SLP program without further application as long as all progression requirements have been met.

With the Communication Sciences and Disorders BS major, the student will transition into the Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology program during the fourth year of study, upon meeting the academic requirements.

This fast-paced program requires a commitment to an intensive lock-step curriculum. Designed for high-achieving students, this “honors”-type program is ideal for students confident in their career choice who enjoy the challenge of rigorous scientific studies. Successful completion of this 5-year program will allow the student to sit for the PRAXIS licensing exam.

Technical Standards

Participation in and successful completion of the BS in Communication Sciences & Disorders to the Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology program require that any enrolled students possess the ability to acquire academic knowledge, perform essential physical functions, and demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors involved in speech-language pathology practice.

The following technical standards are from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences the Essential Functions References Appendix A (https://www.capcsd.org/academic-and-clinical-resources/).

The starred items (*) are skills that are more inherent and should be present when a student begins the program. 

COMMUNICATION

A student must possess adequate communication skills to: 

  • *Communicate proficiently in both oral and written English language. (Language to be determined by program.)
  • *Possess reading and writing skills sufficient to meet curricular and clinical demands.
  • *Perceive and demonstrate appropriate non-verbal communication for culture and context.
  • *Modify communication style to meet the communication needs of clients, caregivers, and other persons served. 
  • Communicate professionally and intelligibly with patients, colleagues, other healthcare professionals, and community or professional groups.
  • Communicate professionally, effectively, and legibly on patient documentation, reports, and scholarly papers required as a part of course work and professional practice. 
  • Convey information accurately with relevance and cultural sensitivity. 

MOTOR 

A student must possess adequate motor skills to: 

  • *Sustain necessary physical activity level in required classroom and clinical activities.
  • *Respond quickly to provide a safe environment for clients in emergency situations including fire, choking, etc.
  • *Access transportation to clinical and academic placements.
  • *Participate in classroom and clinical activities for the defined workday.
  • Efficiently manipulate testing and treatment environment and materials without violation of testing protocol and with best therapeutic practice.
  • Manipulate patient-utilized equipment (e.g. durable medical equipment to include AAC devices, hearing aids, etc) in a safe manner.
  • Access technology for clinical management (i.e. billing, charting, therapy programs, etc.)

INTELLECTUAL / COGNITIVE


A student must possess adequate intellectual and cognitive skills to: 

  • Comprehend, retain, integrate, synthesize, infer, evaluate and apply written and verbal information sufficient to meet curricular and clinical demands.
  • Identify significant findings from history, evaluation, and data to formulate a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. 
  • Solve problems, reason, and make sound clinical judgments in patient assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic plan and implementation.
  • Self evaluate, identify, and communicate limits of one’s own knowledge and skill to appropriate professional level and be able to identify and utilize resources in order to increase knowledge.
  • Utilize detailed written and verbal instruction in order to make unique and dependent decisions.

SENSORY/OBSERVATIONAL

A student must possess adequate sensory skills of vision, hearing, tactile, and smell to: 

  • Visually and auditorily identify normal and disordered (fluency, articulation, voice, resonance, respiration characteristics, oral and written language in the areas of semantics, pragmatics, syntax, morphology and phonology, hearing and balance disorders, swallowing cognition, social interaction related to communication).
  • Identify the need for alternative modalities of communication.
  • Visualize and identify anatomic structures.
  • Visualize and discriminate imaging findings.
  • Identify and discriminate findings on imaging studies.
  • Discriminate text, numbers, tables, and graphs associated with diagnostic instruments and tests.
  • Recognize when a client’s family does or does not understand the clinician’s written and or verbal communication.

BEHAVIORAL/ SOCIAL

A student must possess adequate behavioral and social attributes to: 

  • *Display mature empathetic and effective professional relationships by exhibiting compassion, integrity, and concern for others.
  • *Recognize and show respect for individuals with disabilities and for individuals of different ages, genders, race, religions, sexual orientation, and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. 
  • *Conduct oneself in an ethical and legal manner, upholding the ASHA Code of Ethics and university and federal privacy policies. 
  • *Maintain general good physical and mental health and self care in order not to jeopardize the health and safety of self and others in the academic and clinical setting. 
  • Adapt to changing and demanding environments (which includes maintaining both professional demeanor and emotional health).
  • Manage the use of time effectively to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic time constraints.
  • Accept appropriate suggestions and constructive criticism and respond by modification of behaviors.
  • Dress appropriately and professionally. 

Students in the BS program will follow a suggested plan of study as noted here, which includes all core and major curriculum courses, graduate program pre-requisite requirements, and minor electives:

YEAR 1

  • Composition and Rhetoric I (EN 103)
  • Composition and Rhetoric II (EN 104)
  • Foreign Language/World Cultures
  • Foreign Language/World Cultures
  • Introduction to Biology I (BI 151)
  • Probability & Statistics (MA 111)
  • Physiological Chemistry (CHEM 107)
  • Physical Education (Activity or Varsity Sport)
  • Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD 105)
  • Language Science (Linguistics) (CSD 115)
  • Language Development (CSD 125)

YEAR 2

  • Philosophical Principles (PL 109)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PS 109)
  • Humanities I
  • Humanities II
  • Literature MOT (EN 110, EN 112, or EN 115)
  • Catholic Theology (TH 109)
  • Physical Education (Activity or Varsity Sport)
  • Free Elective/Minor
  • Introduction to Audiology (CSD 205)
  • Phonetics (CSD 215)
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (CSD 225)

YEAR 3

  • Humanities III
  • Humanities IV
  • Intermediate Theology (200-300)
  • Free Elective/Minor
  • Speech Science (CSD 305)
  • Intro to Communication Disorders (CSD 315)
  • Speech Sound Disorders (CSD 325)
  • Neuroscience of Communication (CSD 335)
  • Intro to Clinical Processes in Speech-Language Pathology (CSD 345)
  • Evaluation & Treatment of Communication Disorders + Writing Practicum (CSD 355)

Progression Policy for BS in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Accelerated 3+2 program students accepted as a freshman into the Communication Sciences and Disorders major are guaranteed a seat in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program without further application providing all the following requirements are met during the 3-year undergraduate phase of the program: 

  • Earn a GPA of 3.0 each semester. 
  • Earn no less than a “C” (C- is not acceptable) in any of the Communication Sciences and Disorders courses or the designated mathematics/science prerequisites. Retake of any course must adhere to the repeat course policy as stated in this catalog under Academic Regulations. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the field of Speech-Language Pathology through completion of a minimum of 25 hours of observation at field practice settings. Submission of Verification of Observation forms for each experience must be received by the Program Director before the start of the fourth year.
  • To enter the SLP graduate phase (year 4) the student must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and a required science cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • The student will be required to complete background checks prior to entering the SLP program. A positive result may affect the student’s ability to matriculate into the program.
  • The student will be required to maintain and document health insurance during the two years of the graduate SLP program.

Master of Speech-Language Pathology Program

The Speech-Language Pathology program is 24 months in duration, six consecutive semesters. It is designed to deliver the essential academic and clinical education necessary to prepare students for their professional roles as speech-language pathologists and to satisfy the eligibility requirements for certification and licensure.

Admission into the SLP Master’s program can also be obtained by completing a regular 4-year degree (BA) at DeSales (or other college or university) and then applying through the Communication Sciences & Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). A seat in the program is not guaranteed but all DeSales graduates are offered a priority interview. Full details of the Master of Speech-Language Pathology Program can be found in the Graduate Catalog of the University.

CAA Accreditation

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) at DeSales University is a Candidate for Accreditation 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, MD 20850, +1 (800) 498-2071 or +1 (301) 296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.  The program was awarded a candidacy accreditation status on February 19, 2022, by the CAA.  This candidacy accreditation cycle is effective February 1, 2022 through January 1, 2027.