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The B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Speech-Language Sciences is a 2nd bachelor’s degree, open only to students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in a field outside of CSD with an overall GPA of at least 2.75. The program consists of twelve, upper-level major courses, plus four prerequisites that can be taken as part of the program if they were not satisfied by prior coursework. All cohorts begin in the summer term only, and each cohort is lock-step (students must complete specific courses each semester). The program is offered with two cohort options:
- Full-time (four courses per term)
- Part-time (two courses per term)
The program is completely online. Students are responsible for having technology that meets program specifications, and for completing online orientation and advising prior to registration for classes.
The mission of the Communication Sciences & Disorders program is to prepare students with degrees in other fields for competitive application to Master’s Degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology. 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 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.
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- Demonstrate familiarity with the methods used in the evaluation of communication disorders and differences at a level appropriate for the position of Speech Language Pathology Assistant: 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 at a level appropriate for the position of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant: 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 at a level appropriate for the position of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills, including the ability to engage in inductive and deductive reasoning.
- Demonstrate written communication skills by writing clear and persuasive texts that include correctly applied professional language.
Students pursuing this degree must meet all degree requirements of USF Sarasota-Manatee and the College of Arts and Sciences. The following policies also apply:
- Students must have a 3.0 GPA, and no grade below a C (not C-) in any CSD coursework to graduate.
- Students must have a minimum grade of C- in each of the four prerequisite courses.
- A maximum of 2 courses (C or better, not C-) from the previous degree may be considered for transfer credit.
- Must earn a grade of C (not C-) or better in each USFSM CSD course with only 1 forgiveness.
- If a student receives more than one C- in the CSD courses, s/he will be dismissed and unable to reapply to the program.
A Statistics course
State Prerequisite: STA XXXX
USFSM Course Offering: STA 2023 (3)
Biological Science course
State Prerequisite: BSC XXXX, or APK XXXX, or ANT 2511
USFSM Course Offering: BSC 1005, BSC 2010/L, or BSC 2011/L (3-4)
A Physical Science
State Prerequisite: PHY XXXX or CHM XXXX or PSC XXXX
USFSM Course Offering: CHM 2045/L or PHY 2053/L (4)
A Social Science course
State Prerequisite: PSY XXXX or CLP XXXX or DEP XXXX or EXP XXXX or SYG XXXX or SYG XXXX or SYD XXXX or SYO XXXX or SYP XXXX or FYC XXXX or FAD XXXX
USFSM Course Offering: PSY 2012, DEP 2004, INP 2101 (3)
|A sequence of 12 courses (36 upper-level semester hours) is required for the SLS concentration in CSD. The CSD courses are presented in a lock-step cohort sequence. If you need to drop a course you must first contact your academic advisor to determine eligibility and continuing course of study in the program.|
Introduction to Language Development &
Introduction to Speech Science
Introduction to Hearing Sciences
Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders
Introduction to Disorders of Hearing
Introduction to the Clinical Process* - * (requires 25 observation hours)
Intro. to Clinical Methods and Counseling in CSD
Introduction to Speech Disorders
Adult Neurogenic/Aquired Communication Disorders
Schedule Admissions Appt.: http://legacy.usfsm.edu/students/academicadvising/appointments.php
Technology questions? Please contact the Help Desk at (941) 359-4350
- All core courses will use Blackboard, an online management system.
- TTo access Blackboard, you will need reliable, daily Internet service, and an active USF NetID. High-speed connection (DSL/Cable) is recommended.
- To activate your NetID: https://una.acomp.usf.edu/a>
- For help getting your NetID: NetID Activation Tutorial
- For help getting into Blackboard: Blackboard Tutorial
- Some courses may use Elluminate, a live online classroom.