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Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS)

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program is designed to help students develop entry-level competencies that will enable them to function in a pre-professional capacity in educational settings, medical and rehabilitation centers, and private practice clinics.

Overview

Speech-language pathologists treat disorders such as developmental language and articulation disorders, voice and resonance problems, stuttering, and language and cognitive impairments due to stroke, head injury, and progressive neurological diseases. Audiologists specialize in the prevention, identification, assessment, and rehabilitation of hearing disorders. Individuals with congenital and acquired hearing impairments are seen for services by audiologists. They prescribe and dispense hearing aids and instruct the use of amplification for individuals with congenital and acquired hearing impairments.

Available Programs
Contact Info

Lorraine A. Book
Program Coordinator
Tel: 617.373.7577
L.Book@neu.edu

Activities

Curriculum

Undergraduate students take courses in both speech-language pathology and audiology in preparation for advanced training and specialization at the graduate level. The four year program offers practice-oriented introduction to clinical experience through the Behrakis Speech-Language and Hearing Center.

There is also a five year accelerated course of study that undergrads may apply to in the third year of study that leads to a BS/MS degree.

The early intervention program is an interdisciplinary curriculum with four academic courses and two practica in early intervention sites. It replaces the standard curriculum in the 4th year of the program and requires no extra credits or expense on your part.

Sample Schedule: Course of Study

  • Fall Semester

    • BIOL1117/8 Anat & Phys 1 w/ Lab
    • ENGL1111 College Writing
    • SLPA1200 Phonetics
    • SLPA1101 Intro Speech & Hearing
    • HSCI1000 College: An Introduction

    18 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • BIOL1119/20 Anat & Phys 2 w/ Lab
    • PSYC1101 Foundations of Psychology
    • SLPA1205 Speech & Hearing Science
    • SLPA1101 Intro Speech & Hearing
    • MATH1215 Mathematical Thinking or MATH1241 Calculus 1

    17 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • SLPA1203 Intro to Audiology
    • SLPA2000 Intro to Coop
    • SLPA4700 Directed Observation Workshop
    • PHYS1145/6 Physics I w/ Lab
    • PSYC3404 Developmental Psych
    • Arts or Humanities Elective

    19 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Co-op
  • Summer Semester

    • Comp Study of Cultures Elective
    • Elective

    8 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • ENGL3306 Adv Writing in the Health Prof
    • MATH2280 Statistics and Software
    • PSYC3466 Cognition
    • Education Elective

    16 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Elective
    • SLPA1103 A&P of Sp & Hear Mech
    • SLPA1102 Language Development
    • HLTH5450 Health Care Research

    16 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • Elective
    • Elective

    8 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • SLPA6219 Aural Rehabilitation
    • SLPA4500 Lang Disorders Across Lifespan
    • SLPA5107 Clinical Procedures
    • Psychology Elective

    16 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • SLPA4651 Speech Disorders Across Lifespan
    • HLTH5105 Early Intervention
    • PHIL1165 Moral Problems in Health Care
    • COMM3201 Health Communication

    16 Credits

Experiential Learning

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of communication disorders through observations and participation in activities and at the Northeastern University Speech-Language and Hearing Center. Externship in schools, hospitals, or other relevant settings will also broaden students’ exposure and prepare them for graduate study or employment.

Apply to the Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology (BS) Program.
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