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Program Objectives


Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Objectives

  • Familiarize students with normal and disordered communication across the life span with respect for cultural difference.
  • Introduce students to the basic principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Foster in students an appreciation and understanding for the human need to communicate.
  • Acquaint students with professional credentials and procedures for obtaining them.
  • Develop student objectivity, integrity, and ethical conduct in academic, clinical, and research endeavors.
  • Cultivate student collaboration with faculty and peers while exploring topics of interest.
  • Instill in students the importance of life-long learning, diversity, and service to others.
  • Improve students’ communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Introduce the concept of higher order thinking to students: disciplined inquiry, logical and critical analysis, creative interpretation, and evaluation principles; incorporating diverse perspectives.
  • Advance student understanding and adaptation of current and evolving technologies as tools for expression of learning.
  • Promote student appreciation for diversity of the human condition and the varied creative achievements of human experiences, in preparation for thriving in a global community.
  • Encourage student leadership and participation in local, national, and global communities; to serve others and strengthen communities.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Student Learning Outcomes

  • The students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the major anatomical structures and physiological processes underlying speech, hearing, and swallowing function.
  • The students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge of normal speech acquisition and speech disorders (articulation, fluency, and voice) including the fundamentals of prevention, assessment, and intervention, in preparation for graduate studies.
  • The students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge of normal language acquisition and language disorders including the fundamentals of prevention, assessment, and intervention, in preparation for graduate studies.
  • The students will communicate effectively both orally and in professional writing in preparation for graduate studies.
  • The students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse populations as it relates to the identification of and intervention for communication disorders in preparation for graduate studies.
  • The students will acquire and demonstrate basic knowledge of the fundamentals of evidence-based practice (EBP) in preparation for graduate studies.