Speech-Language Pathology | Post-Bacc

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

The post-baccalaureate sequence includes 27 semester hours of coursework that fulfill prerequisites for application to Pacific’s master of science in speech-language pathology. Students who complete the minor in communication sciences and disorders will have fulfilled these prerequisites. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than communication sciences and disorders need to complete the post-baccalaureate sequence prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

Starting in Fall 2015, Pacific offers the post-baccalaureate sequence on its Forest Grove Campus, as well as in an online format. The online courses are developed and taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Coursework available online in Fall 2015 include the anatomy and physiology of speech, clinical phonetics, and observation. Additional courses will launch in Spring 2016.

Communication Sciences & Disorders Online Application

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 a post-baccalaureate sequence that includes 27 semester hours of prerequisite course work before enrolling in the graduate program.

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

*NOTE: Twenty-seven semester hours are needed to meet the prerequisite requirements whether taken as an undergraduate student, as a post-baccalaureate student, or a combination of both.

In addition to the above prerequisite courses, applicants for the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology must show transcript evidence of at least one course in each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and social/behavioral sciences.