Online Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication promotes connection — fostering relationships and forming the backbone of interactions and conversations. Communication disorders affecting learning, speech and language acquisition, however, interrupt this process. To help the estimated 40 million Americans living with such a condition flourish and find their voice, start your path with an online Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Abilene Christian University.

This pre-professional program equips you for the rigors and advanced content of graduate study: be it in speech-language pathology or audiology. Encouraging your compassion and commitment to serving others, the online B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders touches on speech, language and hearing development, the role and function of communication, physiology and anatomy perspectives, and common disorders and assessment techniques.

Communication promotes connection — fostering relationships and forming the backbone of interactions and conversations. Communication disorders affecting learning, speech and language acquisition, however, interrupt this process. To help the estimated 40 million Americans living with such a condition flourish and find their voice, start your path with an online Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Abilene Christian University.

This pre-professional program equips you for the rigors and advanced content of graduate study: be it in speech-language pathology or audiology. Encouraging your compassion and commitment to serving others, the online B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders touches on speech, language and hearing development, the role and function of communication, physiology and anatomy perspectives, and common disorders and assessment techniques.

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Understand and Break Through Communication Barriers

Pursue your goal of fulfilling prerequisite requirements for a master’s program in speech-language pathology or audiology. The online B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders accommodates busy working adults with a flexible format, while our vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community values all you bring to nurture your progress. 

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Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.

About the Program

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Understand the complexities and science behind how we communicate — and how to treat patients, from newborn to elderly, who need your help to manage an acquired or developmental communication disorder. In the online Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program, you’ll learn about normal language development, speech sound development, anatomy, physiology and audiology.

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The online Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares you to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. You’ll also be able to seek job opportunities in a variety of medical and treatment centers after completing your undergraduate degree.

Required Hours

Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 16 hours in electives)

Example Coursework

Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology
Language Development and Disorders
Intervention for Speech and Language Disorders in Schools

Upcoming Start Dates

October 18, 2022
January 10, 2023

Common Job Titles

Speech-Language Pathologist*
Audiologist*
Child Care Center Manager
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Respiratory Therapist**
*Graduate degree required
**Additional training required

Curriculum & Format

Start to tackle the complexities of communication disorders with a curriculum introducing you to speech-language pathology, audiology and speech and language disorders, with the goal of positively impacting patients’ lives. As preparation for an intensive graduate program, the online Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders:

  • emphasizes communication processes along the lifespan while focusing on conditions like autism spectrum disorders, cleft palate, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases;
  • prepares you to effectively and compassionately assist patients and their families by exposing you to foundational clinical skills;
  • strengthens your understanding of speech, language and hearing development, language fluency, swallowing disorders and social and behavioral communications;
  • looks comprehensively at disorders and treatment, from anatomy and physiology to key characteristics of a condition’s role in language development to assessment, intervention and treatment methods; and
  • illustrates how people communicate and how verbal forms function in facilitating connections.

Over the 64 credit hours required for your major, you’ll grow what you know about communication disorders through core courses exploring:

  • articulatory and acoustic phonetics;
  • language acquisition, from forms to use and characteristics, and the effects of language development disorders;
  • the science of audiology used for hearing assessments to examine auditory functioning, measure hearing sensitivity and prevent hearing loss;
  • rehabilitation for individuals living with hearing impairments;
  • assessing and diagnosing articulation and phonological disorders;
  • cleft palate, cerebral palsy, laryngeal problems and other organic and neurogenic speech and language disorders;
  • the neuroanatomy and neurophysiological processes related to speech, language cognition and swallowing;
  • principles, tools and theories for assessing and treating speech and language disorders in adults and children; 
  • anatomical and physiological processes for speech and learning language;
  • the physics of sound and the tools used to measure waves and perception;
  • intercultural communication methods designed to be used globally and with U.S. patients;
  • statistics and data analysis; and
  • biology and chemistry related to speech, hearing and communication disorders. 

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The online B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program sparks your passion to uplift others and marks the start of your journey toward a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. The requirements you earn at ACU prepare you to apply to either program to continue expanding and refining your skills, gain clinical experience and qualify for licensure.

Between these two career paths, growing awareness of communication disorders is predicted to increase the number of positions for speech-language pathologists. Based on figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 29% more positions will open between 2020 and 2030.

While speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat speech, language and communication disorders, audiologists specialize in hearing- and balance-related conditions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 16% growth for these roles over the same period.

While considered a pre-professional program, your undergraduate degree qualifies you to make a difference while observing licensed professionals as a speech-language pathologist assistant. Opportunities to support patients through treatment exist in:

  • hospitals;
  • schools and childcare centers;
  • rehabilitation centers;
  • nursing homes;
  • research facilities;
  • communications-oriented organizations;
  • speech and learning services; and
  • private practices. 
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Submit official high school and/or college transcripts.
  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Students must meet specific program requirements after 45 credit hours to continue into upper-division coursework. Additionally, students must have a minimum GPA for graduation of 3.0 and a minimum grade of C for all courses in the major.

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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).

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This degree prepares students with the prerequisites required by graduate programs in order to meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification standards.

Professional Licensing Disclosure for the SLP-Assistant through Abilene Christian University’s CSD Undergraduate Degree.