Degree Type: B.S.
CIP Code 51.0201
Major Code CSM
Department Code DEA
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/communication-sciences-disorders/

Speech-Language Sciences Concentration (SLS)

The B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Speech-Language Sciences (SLS) prepares students for employment as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant or Audiology Assistant in educational or healthcare settings.  More importantly, it prepares students for graduate study and professional certification in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) or Audiology.  Nationwide, acceptance in SLP or Audiology graduate programs is so competitive that students need to have an undergraduate degree in SLS with a high GPA if they wish to pursue these rewarding careers.

Mission

The mission of the CSD/SLS program is to prepare the student for eventual careers in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) or Audiology. This preparation includes the acquisition of foundational concepts of speech, language, and hearing sciences, advancement of critical thinking and communication skills, and understanding of professional conduct and scope of practice at a level appropriate for the position of SLP Assistant or Audiology Assistant.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the methods used in the evaluation of communication disorders and differences: basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. Aligned with ASHA’s KASA standards.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with treatment of communication disorders: knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. Aligned with ASHA’s KASA standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional conduct and scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate written communication skills by writing clear and persuasive texts that include correctly applied professional language.

Program Description

  • Twelve (12) courses (36 upper-level credit hours) are required for the SLS concentration in CSD
  • The upper-level CSD-SLS curriculum is delivered completely online. Students are responsible for having technology that meets program specifications, and for completing online orientation and advising prior to registration for classes.
  • Students must earn a C or better (not C-) in all CSD-SLS coursework or co-requisite courses taken at USFSM, and they must have an overall 2.50 GPA to graduate.
  • Transfer students who lack all degree prerequisites, may begin the program, taking needed prerequisites in the first term. Second degree seekers may treat prerequisites as graduation requirements.
  • CSD students are allowed only one upper-level grade forgiveness.
  • Students are encouraged to utilize available electives and consider a minor in an area such as Biology, Gerontology, Psychology or General Business.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
Course Course Number Credit Hours
STA XXXX STA 2023 3
BSC XXXX or APK XXXX or ANT 2511 BSC 1005, BSC 2010/L, or BSC 2011/L 3-4
PHY XXXX or CHM XXXX or PSC XXXX CHM 2045/L, PHY 2053/L or PHY 2020  3-4
PSY XXXX or CLP XXXX or DEP XXXX or EXP XXXX or SYG XXXX or SYD XXXX or SYO XXXX or SYP XXXX or FYC XXXX or FAD XXXX PSY 2012, DEP 2004, or INP 2101 3

Program of Study

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders 3 Junior Standing
SPA 3011 Introduction to Speech Science 3 PR: SPA 3030, SPA 3112; Junior Standing
SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science 3 Junior Standing
SPA 3101 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 3 Junior Standing
SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders 3 None
SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing 3 PR: SPA 3030; Junior Standing
SPA 4050 Introduction to the Clinical Process 3 PR: SPA 3004, SPA 3310 6ACO, SMCC
SPA 4104 Neuroanatomy for Speech, Language and Hearing 3 PR: SPA 3101 (highly recommended)
SPA 4510 Intro. to Clinical Methods and Counseling in CSD 3 PR: SPA 3004, SPA 3310
SPA 4321 Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation 3 PR: SPA 3310 with a grade of C- or better
SPA 4250 Introduction to Speech Disorders 3 PR: SPA 3101
SPA 4257 Adult Communication Disorders 3 PR: SPA 4104; Junior Standing