The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ goal is to provide an academically challenging pre-professional education in the fields of speech-language-hearing pathology and audiology in an environment that encourages intellectual and spiritual growth and preparation for graduate school.
We also encourage students to lead lives of service to individuals across the lifespan who have communication delays or disorders by providing clinical opportunities in a variety of assessment and treatment settings.
Our students are provided with a strong academic foundation in preparation for assessing and treating individuals across the lifespan with communication disorders of articulation, language, voice, swallowing, and hearing in children and adults. Students interact clinically with certified and licensed Speech Language Pathologists in a variety of settings as they evaluate and treat individuals of all ages.
90% of students who graduate in the CSD program and apply to graduate school are accepted!
As an undergraduate, students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program earn 25 clinical observation hours in a variety of community-based placements. Students earn 25 direct clinical contact hours.
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All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:
Pre-requisites for participation in clinical courses and internship/externship placement include a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; a minimum GPA of 3.25 in CSD courses; at least 12 hours of required CSD courses must have been completed at Hardin-Simmons University; completion of specified coursework; specific site requirements (including a background check, drug testing and proof of immunization; submission of contract materials and proof of liability insurance; and permission of department head).
Our pre-professional major degree prepares students for admission to an accredited master’s program. Additionally, it prepares students to become immediately licensed as speech-language pathology assistants.
Students are provided with a strong academic foundation in preparation for assessing and treating individuals across the lifespan with communication disorders. Students interact clinically with certified and licensed Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists in a variety of settings as they evaluate and treat individuals of all ages with speech, language, hearing and/or swallowing problems resulting from a variety of etiologies including brain injury or stroke, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, or development delay.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders department sponsors a pre-professional club for all majors. The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) at Hardin-Simmons University meets monthly to discuss topics vital to the field. Additionally NSSLHA sponsors several outreach activities and social events yearly.
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