Communication Sciences & Disorders Post-Baccalaureate Program


The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a sequence of courses for students with a degree in another discipline to prepare for application to graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology.

The post-baccalaureate program in communication sciences and disorders is a non-degree program. The post-bacc course sequence provides in-depth study of normal speech, language and hearing processes, and a background orientation to disorders of communication.

The post-baccalaureate sequence of courses include 29 semester hours of coursework that fulfill prerequisite requirements for application to Pacific University’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and those required by many other graduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology.

The entire communication sciences and disorders post-baccalaureate course sequence may be completed online or through on-campus courses on our Forest Grove Campus. Additional information about the program is available in our frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Prospective and current students should note that admission to graduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology is highly competitive. We offer advising and support to students and both prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to contact individual graduate programs to verify needed pre-requisites and determine the extent to which they are likely to be a competitive applicant for that graduate program. Successful completion of the coursework offered through this post-baccalaureate program does not guarantee successful admission to graduate programs at Pacific University or any other graduate program nationally or internationally.


School of Audiology Students Courtney Crespi and Theresa Ravago Mireles  developed the Audi-Buddy program in partnership with Shelby Atwill, AuD, and Tucker Maxon School, an Oregon-based non-profit auditory-verbal school where students who are deaf/hard-of-hearing (DHoH) and students with typical hearing learn together.

Helen Sharp

Dr. Helen Sharp has received the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award. Sharp, who is a professor and director of the Pacific University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is a past president of the organization and a member since 1988. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individual service to the ACPA.

Pacific alumni Clark '65, '70 and Rae Peters '65

Pacific alumni Clark '65, MSEd '70 and Rae Peters '65 fund scholarship for speech-language pathology through pledge.