Speech-Language Pathology | Post-Bacc

The post-baccalaureate program in communication sciences and disorders provides in-depth study of normal speech, language and hearing processes, and a background orientation to disorders of communication. The purpose of this non-degree granting program is to allow students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in another field of study to prepare for application to a graduate program in audiology or speech-language pathology.

The post-baccalaureate sequence of courses include 27 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 post-baccalaureate course sequence may be completed on-line or through registration in on-campus coursework.

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.

How to Apply

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will have developed:

  1. Knowledge and critical thinking about basic human communication and swallowing processes including knowledge of:
    • Anatomy and physiology of speech, language, and swallowing, and
    • Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology related to speech, language, cognition, balance, and swallowing, and
    • Typical speech sound production (phonetics) and the transcription of both typical and disordered speech, and
    • Acoustic and physiological analysis of typical and disordered speech production, and
    • Typical speech and language development, and
    • Typical hearing, and
  2. Introductory knowledge of the scope of speech-language pathology and audiology practice, and speech and hearing science, as well as
  3. Introductory knowledge of the processes used in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders.

For More Information, Contact

Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 | csd@pacificu.edu

Students with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than communication sciences and disorders must complete (or be in the process of completion) of prerequisite coursework to apply to the Pacific University graduate program in speech-language pathology. Students admitted to the graduate program must complete all prerequisite coursework prior to registering as a graduate student.

In addition to the following 27 credit hours of coursework, applicants to graduate programs in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology are required to have at least one course in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social-Behavioral Sciences, and Statistics. Advance placement credit may be considered adequate to fulfill one or more of these requirements of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association if the course is reflected on the student’s university transcript.

On admission an individual plan of study is developed with each student after review of previous coursework. The post-baccalaureate program provides flexibility with fall and spring start dates and full-time or part-time options. Here are some sample plans of study.

Section Course Title Credit Hrs Semester Offered
CSD-209 Clinical Phonetics 4 Fall (on campus)
Fall & Spring (online)
CSD-303 Speech Science 4 Spring (on campus)
Spring (online)
CSD-204 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech 4 Fall & Spring (on campus)
Fall (online)
CSD-307 Speech and Language Development 4 Spring (on campus)
Spring (online)
CSD-300 Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation 4 Fall (on campus)
Fall (online)
CSD-301 Professional Orientation to Communication Sciences and Disorders 2 Spring (online, includes on campus students)
CSD-310 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology (Prerequisite CSD 204) 4 Spring (on campus & online)
Spring & Summer (online)
CSD-306 Clinical Observation 1 Fall (on campus)
Fall (online)
Total Credits 27