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The undergraduate communication sciences and disorders majors are pre-professional in nature and are strongly recommended for students planning to pursue a graduate degree and certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students receive clinical experience under the supervision of ASHA certified speech-language pathologists.  All students participating in clinical activities must exhibit the Essential Skills necessary to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

All CSD undergraduate students on the traditional track must select a minor in some related area. Students may choose to use the undergraduate CSD degree as an entry point into graduate education in areas such as speech-language pathology, audiology, deaf education, special education, reading, second language acquisition, or to work as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. If students wish to remain at Harding to obtain a graduate degree, they must apply for admission to the Harding graduate program, even if they earned an undergraduate degree from Harding. The application process and requirements are specified elsewhere in this online resource and in the CSD handbook pdf.

Programs Available

Accelerated Speech-Language Pathology (ASLP), BA/MS

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Communication Sciences and Disorders - Clinical (CSD2), BA

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Communication Sciences and Disorders - Non-Clinical (CSDN), BA

To earn a degree with this major, students will need to replace CSD 3850, 3860, and 4210 with at least six additional hours of electives. This option is designed for students who do not need or want the clinical practicum experiences (such as those planning to continue education in audiology, speech and hearing science, or have transferred into the program and do not want to delay graduation in order to complete the five semester clinical practicum sequence).

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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, BA

Speech-language pathology assistants provide important assistance to speech-language pathologists. While working under the supervision of the SLP, the SLPA can provide various aspects of patient service including direct patient care, screening and testing without interpretation, record keeping, and material preparation. Learn more about the B.A. In Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

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American Sign Language Certificate

The American Sign Language Certificate will provide training for students who wish to learn basic American Sign Language (ASL) and an understanding of Deaf Culture. This certificate is appropriate for students across all majors and may be especially valuable for those planning to enter careers in all areas of communication, customer relations, education or health sciences. Students who complete this certificate will be in a position to communicate with ASL users on a basic level. This program will not prepare students to become interpreters. Learn more about the American Sign Language Certificate.

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Post-Baccalaureate Coursework

Post-baccalaureate coursework provides the academic foundation for entry into an Master of Science program in speech-language pathology. The course offerings are informed by the 2020 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association academic and clinical guidelines for SLPs as well as the standards for certification of professionals set forth by the Council for Clinical Certification. Data from the Communication Sciences & Disorders Centralized Application Service also informs our selection of courses to suggest to students. This course sequence provides a strong foundation for future SLPs who desire to work with individuals of all ages across a variety of work settings and provides the student with the discipline-specific courses required to apply to our master’s program in speech-language pathology. Students should be aware that master’s program requirements can differ between schools. Course sequence may be modified to meet individual student needs. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree, and transcript review by the program director is strongly recommended.

The minimal admission requirements for the Master of Science program in speech-language pathology include evidence of successful completion of academic coursework in normal language development, phonetics, anatomy and physiology of communication, speech science, phonological and articulation disorders, audiology, and aural rehabilitation, statistics, biological science, physics or chemistry, and social/behavioral science.

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Harding University
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Box 10872
Searcy, AR 72149-5615