Postbaccalaureate in Communication Disorders and Sciences

The communication disorders and sciences (CDS) program also offers a postbaccalaureate program for students with a previous bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue graduate work in speech pathology or audiology. Completion of prerequisites in our program prepares a student for a speech pathology master’s program and generally makes a student more appealing to graduate program admissions committees across the country.

Postbaccalaureate status allows students to begin course work in the program without the extensive admissions procedure required for graduate school.  The CDS postbaccalaureate program is not a degree-granting program, and the application review is not a competitive process.

All students with a documented undergraduate degree are accepted without a cap to the number accepted. 

There is no guarantee that, upon completion of course work, a student will be admitted to the CDS master’s program. Postbaccalaureate status allows students to complete prerequisite coursework needed for graduate school and certification/licensure without being formally admitted into a degree-granting program.

Postbaccalaureate courses are designed to be taken in a sequence (beginning with fall term) and are offered only once an academic school year. Therefore, students should start their postbaccalaureate program in the fall term. 

The following courses are recommended because they are prerequisite courses expected by most graduate programs. Optional courses are typically not required by graduate programs but may help prepare you for graduate school and future clinical experiences.

Apply for Postbaccalaureate Status

Program Plan

CDS courses are offered one time per year in one section. There are no summer or online courses.

Most students complete postbaccalaureate courses in three terms as a full-time student.

Fall Term

course and TitleCREDITS
CDS 442 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism4
CDS 458 Audiological Disorders/Treatment4

Optional Courses

course and TitleCREDITS
CDS 460 Developmental Disorders4

Winter Term

course and TitleCREDITS
CDS 450 Intro to Language Development 4
CDS 470 Neuroscience of Speech and Language4

Optional Courses

Spring Term

course and TitleCREDITS
CDS 444 Phonetics4
CDS 457 Fundamentals of Audiology4

Optional Courses

course and TitleCREDITS
CDS 430 Speech Pathology/Audiology as a Profession2
CDS 431 Beginning Clinical Methods3
CDS 462 Acquired Disorders of Communication4

Postbaccalaureate students planning to apply to graduate programs in speech pathology should have completed the required sciences and statistics courses necessary for certification.  They can be taken at any college/university and may be taken pass/no pass, but must be college level courses (100+ level). One course is required in each of the following subjects:

  • Statistics
  • Biological Science (one of the following; must have a human focus:  biology, anatomy/physiology, neuroanatomy/neurophysiology, or genetics) (cannot have a CDS prefix)
  • Physical Science (one of the following: physics or chemistry)
  • Behavioral Science (one of the following:  psychology, sociology, social/cultural anthropology, or public health)

Contact information

Marilyn A. Nippold, PhD, CCC-SLP
Special Education and Clinical Sciences