2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 24, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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College of Health
Department Office: 1201 BEH S
Phone: 801-581-6725
Website: www.health.utah.edu/csd

Department Chair: Michael Blomgren, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair: Susan Naidu, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Sean Redmond, Ph.D.
Graduate Director of Speech-Language Pathology Program:  Robert Kraemer, Ph.D.
Graduate Director of AuD Program: Susan Naidu, Ph.D.
Graduate Director of PhD Programs:  Nelson Roy, Ph.D.
Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic Director: Pamela Mathy, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Advisor: Yordanos (JoJo) Beyene, 801-585-0827

Undergraduate Program

Please see the Speech and Hearing Science B.A., H.B.A., B.S., and H.B.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

The undergraduate major in Speech and Hearing Science is a preprofessional degree for Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. A master’s degree is required for professionals practicing in speech-language pathology, and a professional doctorate (Au.D.) is required for practicing in Audiology. Those not holding a B.A. or B.S. in this field may enter the master’s program in speech-language pathology or the Au.D. Program in Audiology; however, this requires completion of additional prerequisites (approximately one additional year).

General Information

Students in this major obtain a combined degree as undergraduates, and then they choose to study Speech-Language Pathology at the master’s level or Audiology at the doctoral level.  Speech- Language Pathologists are professionals concerned with evaluation and treatment of human communication and its disorders. They treat speech and language disorders and work with individuals of all ages. They diagnose and evaluate speech problems (e.g., stuttering, articulation disorders, voice disorders), language problems (e.g., aphasia and delayed language), and related disorders such as swallowing difficulties. Audiology is the study of normal and impaired hearing. Audiologists are also interested in prevention of hearing loss, identification and assessment of hearing and balance problems, and the rehabilitation of persons with hearing impairment.

Admission/Special Requirements

There may be additional admission requirements for this program. Please see the program pages for more information.

In addition, 9 credit hours of allied classes are required to comply with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) standards for certification. These allied courses must include three semester hours in each of the following: a biological science, a physical science, and a behavioral or social science. Students must also complete 25 clock-hours of observation of speech, language, and/or hearing treatment before graduation.

A student must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the major and a 2.5 overall GPA to remain in the program. Undergraduate students who fall below the required GPA averages will be notified in writing and placed on probationary status for one semester. If the student fails to raise his or her GPA to the acceptable level in the following semester, notification will be sent that he or she is being dropped from the program. Students may reenter the program after raising their GPA requirements.

Graduate Program

Please see the Audiology M.A., M.S., Au.D; Speech-Language Pathology M.A., M.S.; and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology M.Phil and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Master’s and Au.D. Degrees

Admission Requirements

There are additional admissions requirements for these programs. Please see program pages for more information.

Language Requirement

M.A.: Standard proficiency in one approved foreign language is required. Au.D. and M.S.: No foreign-language competency is required.

Special Degree Requirements

A thesis option is available that requires clinical and/or research experience. Guidelines are detailed in the department handbook.


Students completing the Masters Program in Speech-Language Pathology or the Au.D. in Audiology will satisfy the requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. They will also be eligible for state and public school certification in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

Ph.D. Degree

Admission Requirements

There are additional admissions requirements for this program. Please see the degree page for more information.

Language Requirement

A research tool in statistics or other areas (e.g., computer science and engineering) relevant to the candidate’s dissertation research is required in lieu of a foreign language. Students may substitute, with committee approval, demonstrated standard proficiency in any two foreign languages in the area of their specialty.

Program and Course Offerings


    Undergraduate MajorMasterDoctorate


      Communication Sciences and Disorders

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