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Health and Human Performance: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Why study Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum is designed to prepare students for graduate study. The curriculum prepares students for clinical work with people of all ages who present with a variety of speech, language, cognitive, and hearing impairments by emphasizing the acquisition of foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Undergraduates who value people and want to help others establish or maintain their social and vocational roles, such as mother; father; grandfather; husband; wife; sister; brother; best friend; soldier; teacher; scientist; hostess; mailman; and cashier, will appreciate the study of communication sciences and disorders.

Human communication is a fundamental skill that is at the core of all relationships and opportunities to learn. If you have a desire to help others and really make a difference you will enjoy discovering how the brain works to help us communicate, learn, and swallow. Undergraduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders will build their knowledge of human communication through coursework, hands-on learning, and observation. The curriculum provides a holistic perspective of communication exposing students to normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing in people of all ages. The program includes a clinical experience through the APSU Speech-Language & Swallowing Community Clinic. Read more here about the value of an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders: https://www.asha.org/academic/value-of-the-undergraduatedegree-%20in-csd/.

Dr. Kleinhans has extensive experience evaluating and treating neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. She also conducts research in clinical education to enhance student training. Dr. Ward possesses advanced certification in bilingual speech-language pathology. Her expertise in cultural competence elevates her skills in the evaluation and treatment of bilingual and culturally diverse children who may experience linguistic or academic difficulties. Dr. Bancroft is an expert in evidence-based coaching in early intervention. Her research focus is to empower families and other caregivers to facilitate play and language with their young child.

What will I learn

Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

2022 Communication Sciences Disorders, BS HHP Sample 4 Year Plan

General Education Core