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Made for Impact.
Help children and adults who have disorders of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Achieve a rewarding career in speech-language pathology. Create a better life for others.
Piedmont University’s bachelor of science in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a pre-professional degree that prepares graduates to pursue additional education in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech and Language Pathology.
Speech pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat children and adults who may need assistance with speech, language as well as cognitive and social communication. Nationwide, there is a shortage of speech pathologists and over the next 10 years, it’s anticipated that speech pathology as a career path will grow 25%.
Students pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders will study the nature and development of our communication abilities – a central aspect of the human condition. Students will learn about communication disorders that involve impairments in hearing, speech, voice, resonance, fluency, swallowing and language processes. Courses also include education in language development, audiology and linguistics. With this broad academic preparation in the identification and treatment of communication disorders, students are well prepared to further their education and to become a licensed Speech – Language Pathologist (SLP).
Take the First Step in Your Career in Speech Pathology
Piedmont’s undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students to pursue further education at Piedmont in Speech Pathology or at another institution of their choice. A master’s degree is required to become a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist. Currently, Piedmont University is finalizing the master’s degree program and will be in place by the time the first class of undergraduate students are ready to begin graduate studies. These programs are being designed to allow students to complete both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years, rather than the typical six.
During the program, students will utilize their emerging skills at a clinic on Piedmont’s Demorest Campus – ranked America’s Safest Campus – where area residents will receive assessment and treatment while allowing students to gain meaningful and practical learning experiences. The clinic will also allow students to begin earning clinical hours that can be applied to their graduate degrees while still at the undergraduate level – another way Piedmont is streamlining these experiences.
The clinic is planned to open in 2023 and offer services in a select scope of practice areas.
The Master of Science education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Piedmont University is an Applicant for Candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700
Commitment to Equity & Inclusion
Piedmont University is committed to equity and inclusion. We concur with that commitment and expect to maintain a positive learning environment based upon open communication, mutual respect, and non-discrimination. Our University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, veterans status, religion, sexual orientation, color, or national origin. Any suggestions as to how to further such a positive and open environment will be appreciated and given serious consideration.