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Hope E Baylow, D.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Program Director
Laura Chapman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Christine McDonald, M.S., CCC-SLP
The University of Scranton offers a traditional four-year and an accelerated three-year baccalaureate degree program, in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). The traditional four-year baccalaureate degree program may be completed with either part-time or full-time study. The three-year accelerated baccalaureate degree program is offered as a full-time program with no option for part-time study.
The Program dedicates itself to providing the highest quality of academic study in human communication science across the lifespan and its application to the assessment and treatment of a diverse community and society at large who present with communication disorders. Students and faculty alike uphold the highest standards to be leaders in the search for knowledge through scholarship, dissemination of information through teaching, service, and community engagement, and through creative examination of ideas and beliefs. Critical thinking, application of theory into practice, technology, and scientific writing is the basis for all student academic, clinical, and interprofessional experiences.
The mission of the undergraduate program is to provide students with a(n) traditional or accelerated liberal arts and sciences education, by introducing foundational courses of theory, methods, research, ethics, and clinical practice in the communication sciences and disorders. Students are introduced to the core knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, disorders, and differences, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. The B.S. degree prepares students for graduate study in speech-language pathology and/or audiology and provides background relevant for advanced study in related disciplines such as education, counseling and human services, gerontology, public health, or neuroscience. Courses for Communication Sciences and Disorders are listed under the prefix CSD.
All CSD students must submit proof of CPR certification prior to completion of the CSD program. Copies of the certifications must be submitted to the office of the CSD/SLP Program Support Coordinator (ELH 826) no later than the midpoint of the student’s final semester prior to graduation. Minimum requirements include Adult, Child, and Infant CPR with AED.
Recommended certifications include the following: CPR certification - American Heart Association-Health Care Provider, American Red Cross-Professional Rescuer, or Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Red Cross
Students will be required to complete community-based learning projects in a variety of settings. Students are required to submit a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check, and an FBI background check. Copies of these clearances must be maintained to meet community-based learning requirements.