Postbaccalaureate in Communication Disorders and Sciences

Postbaccalaureate status allows students to complete prerequisite coursework needed for graduate school and certification/licensure without being formally admitted into a degree-granting program.

There is no guarantee that, upon completion of coursework, a student will be admitted to this communication disorders and sciences (CDS) master’s program.

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.

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Degree 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

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

Optional Courses

CDS 460 Developmental Disorders4

Winter Term

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

Optional Courses

Spring Term

CDS 444 Phonetics4
CDS 457 Fundamentals of Audiology4

Optional Courses

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

Non-Communication Disorders and Sciences Courses

The following non-CDS courses are required for ASHA certification.  We recommend that you complete these courses before you enter graduate school.  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:  biology, general 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, anthropology, or public health)