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Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Whether you're looking for a career in an educational, clinical, or medical setting, our comprehensive audiology and speech-language pathology undergraduate program will prepare you for various options in this diverse, rewarding, and growing field. Our program attracts students from all over the world.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.
Location
  • Bloomsburg
Department
College
Program Contact
Professor of Audiology, Coordinator for the AuD Program, Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Commonwealth University's audiology and speech-language pathology program prepares students for graduate education in either audiology or speech-language pathology through a comprehensive academic program. Students must earn a graduate degree to practice as either a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. The required credential for clinical practice in speech-language pathology is a master's degree, and for audiology, it is a clinical doctorate (Au.D.)

This pre-professional curriculum provides the student with a broad general education background with courses that introduce undergraduate students to speech-language pathology and audiology professions. Students can explore related fields such as English as a second language, psychology, special education, education of the deaf and hearing impaired, gerontology, and linguistics through those departments and their established minor programs.

The required undergraduate courses are prerequisites for graduate school admission. These courses are based on the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accreditation and certification requirements.

Upon successfully completing our undergraduate curriculum, many of our students are accepted into nationally recognized graduate programs, including Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg's own CAA-accredited master's program in speech-language pathology and doctoral program in audiology. 

Courses and Curriculum

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Degree Requirements 

2+2 (Lock Haven/Mansfield)

Degree Requirements

Note: Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works

Required Major Courses

CMSD 152 Introduction to Communication Disorders 
CMSD 200 Introduction to Audiology 
CMSD 220 Phonetics 
CMSD 240 Normal Language Acquisition 
CMSD 260 Clinical Observation 
CMSD 325 Language Disorders in Children  
CMSD 335 Acquired Disorders of Communication and Swallowing 
CMSD 340 Cognitive & Behavioral Principles in Speech-Language Pathology 
CMSD 355 Assessment and Remediation of Speech Disorders 
CMSD 366 Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing 
CMSD 400 Auditory Training and Speechreading   
CMSD 410 Applied Speech Science 
CMSD 430 Fundamentals of Audiology 
CMSD 460 Psycholinguistics

Optional Elective

CMSD 398 Internship in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Directed General Education Courses

COMM 101 Public Speaking or COM 102 Interpersonal Communication 
SPEC 110 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities 
MATH 120 Mathematics for the Health Sciences with or MATH 120A Mathematics for the Health Sciences with Recitation

ASHA Prerequisite Courses

Human Biology General Education Course 
PHYS 204 Acoustics 
STAT 141 Introduction to Statistics or PSYC 150 Applied Psychological Statistics  
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 

This track is for students starting and completing the general education and B.S. in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology requirements at Commonwealth University—Bloomsburg in the traditional 4-year time frame. 

First Year
Fall CoursesCredits

CSD 152 Introduction to Communication Disorders*

3

MAT 120A Mathematics for the Health Sciences with Recitation*** 

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
First Year Fall Term Total15
Spring CoursesCredits

SPE 110 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities*

3

Biology Course**,****

3

COM 100/102**

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
First Year Spring Term Total15
Second Year
Fall CoursesCredits

CSD 200 Introduction to Audiology*

3

CSD 260 Clinical Observation*

3

PHY 204 Acoustics

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Second Year Fall Term Total15
Spring CoursesCredits

CSD 220 Phonetics

3

CSD 336 Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing

3

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology****

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Second Year Spring Term Total15
Third Year
Fall CoursesCredits

CSD 240 Normal Language Acquisition

3

CSD 400 Auditory Training and Speechreading

3

CSD 355 Assessment and Remediation of Speech Disorders

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Third Year Fall Term Total15
Spring CoursesCredits

CSD 325 Language Disorders in Children

3

CSD 410 Applied Speech Science

3

Stats course*,*^,****

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Third Year Spring Term Total15
Fourth Year
Fall CoursesCredits

CSD 460 Psycholinguistics

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Fourth Year Fall Term Total15
Spring CoursesCredits

CSD 335 Acquired Disorders of Communication and Swallowing

3

CSD 340 Cognitive & Behavioral Principals in Speech-Language Pathology

3

CSD 430 Fundamentals of Audiology

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Fourth Year Spring Term Total15

* Course may be taken in Fall or Spring
** Must be a general eduation Biology course
*** MATH 120A rec'd; 109 or higher req'd (not stats)
*^ STA141 or PSY150
**** ASHA prereq for speech

This track is for students who complete their first two years at Commonwealth University Lock Haven or Mansfield with a focus on general education requirements, with the final two years at Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg to complete the program requirements. 

First Year
Fall CoursesCredits

CSD 152 Introduction to Communication Disorders*

3

Math course^

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
First Year Fall Term Total15
Spring CoursesCredits

Special Education Course^^^

3

Biology Course**,****

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
First Year Spring Term Total15
Second Year
Fall CoursesCredits

CSD 200 Introduction to Audiology*

3

Stats course*,^^

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Second Year Fall Term Total15
Spring CoursesCredits

Psychology Introductory course*,****

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Second Year Spring Term Total15
Third Year
Fall CoursesCredits

PHY 204 Acoustics

3

CSD 240 Normal Language Acquisition

3

CSD 260 Clinical Observation

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Third Year Fall Term Total15
Spring CoursesCredits

CSD 220 Phonetics

3

CSD 325 Language Disorders in Children

3

CSD 335 Acquired Disorders of Communication and Swallowing

3

CSD 366 Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Third Year Spring Term Total15
Fourth Year
Fall CoursesCredits

CSD 355 Assessment and Remediation of Speech Disorders

3

CSD 400 Auditory Training and Speechreading 

3

CSD 460 Psycholinguistics 

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Fourth Year Fall Term Total15
Spring CoursesCredits

CSD 340 Cognitive & Behavioral Principals in Speech-Language Pathology

3

CSD 410 Applied Speech Science

3

CSD 430 Fundamentals of Audiology

3

General Education/Free Elective Course

3

General Education/Free Elective Course  

3
Fourth Year Spring Term Total15

Note: Assumes CSD 152 and 200 will be offered online
* Must be a general education biology course
^ MATH 120A rec'd; 109 or higher req'd (not stats)
^^ STA141 or PSY150
^^^ SPE 110 rec'd
**** ASHA prereq for speech

Au.D. SLP Program Students in the program will:

  • Complete the Commonwealth University’s general education requirements
  • Complete the B.S. in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology program requirements
  • Meet the requirements to be admitted into an Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology graduate program
  • Be able to discuss the anatomy and physiology of the normal auditory system and speech and language mechanism
  • Be able to discuss the impact of the hearing on the development of speech and language
  • Be able to describe the processes involved in normal language acquisition
  • Be able to explain basic audiological assessment procedures
  • Be able to recognize basic speech and language assessment procedures
  • Be able to summarize basic methods of intervention to assist individuals with hearing loss
  • Be able to describe basis methods of speech and language intervention 
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Unique Program Features

Strong Curriculum

The program prepares students for graduate education in either audiology or speech-language pathology through a comprehensive academic program.  CU-Bloomsburg offers an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and a Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.). Students in our program often choose to minor in: 

  • ASL 
  • Child Life Specialist 
  • Spanish 
  • Special Education 

Facilities

An on-campus Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. 

Careers

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), job growth is projected due to the expanding population in older age groups prone to medical conditions resulting in speech, language, swallowing, hearing, and balance problems. Employment in educational services will increase as the need for speech-language pathology and audiology services increases. Federal law guarantees special education and related services to all eligible children with disabilities, including speech-language pathology and audiology services. There is a growing need for high-quality, certified, and licensed professionals. 

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations. 
  • Employment of audiologists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

Graduate Studies

Students from Commonwealth University-Bloomsburg have been accepted to nationally recognized graduate programs, including Commonwealth University's own CAA-accredited master's program in speech pathology and doctoral program in audiology. 

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Job Growth Projected Through 2032
23
Qualified Seniors Guaranteed Admission
into our Speech-Language Pathology M.S. program (15) or our Au.D. program (8)

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Jaylene Fermin '23

Bloomsburg’s program has an edge over other audiology and speech pathology programs, because we have professors that also spend time and work in the (on-campus) clinic. This gives professors fresh and up-to-date practices and information to feed to their students and future SLPs or audiologists.

Jaylene Fermin ‘23
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Jaylene Fermin '23
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Associated Clubs or Organizations

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Commonwealth University – Bloomsburg Chapter Instagram: Bloomsburg NSSLHA X: Bloomsburg NSSLHA Facebook: Hearing & Balance Clinic – Bloomsburg University

Connect with Faculty

Lawton

Patricia Lawton

  • Assistant Professor of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Bloomsburg
Professor Shelley Scarpino

Shelley Scarpino

  • Director of Clinical Education, Coordinator for the MS SLP Program, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Bloomsburg
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Cara Tolan

  • Assistant Professor of Audiology
  • Bloomsburg
Qing Yum

Qing Yue

  • Professor of Audiology, program coordinator, IONM
  • Bloomsburg
Thomas Zalewski

Thomas Zalewski

  • Professor of Audiology, Coordinator for the AuD Program, Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Bloomsburg

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