CMU provides the academic and clinical experience needed to become an audiologist or speech-language pathologist. These key features distinguish CMU's training programs in communication disorders:
A professional staff including faculty, clinical supervisors and on-site technical support
Extensive clinical experiences and opportunities at about 30 on-campus and off-campus sites
Research opportunities with faculty members
An undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor's degree in communication disorders and a master's program in speech-language pathology as well as a professional doctoral program in audiology
Areas of Study
Through undergraduate and graduate courses, the Department of Communication Disorders will prepare students for careers in one of the following areas.
Audiology. An audiologist evaluates people with hearing and vestibular problems. They provide treatment that may include speech reading, auditory training, hearing aid evaluation and fitting, cochlear implant therapy, counseling and industrial hearing conservation.
Speech-Language Pathology. Speech-language pathologists work with people who have speech and language voice, fluency, and swallowing problems related to hearing loss, brain injury, emotional problems, and other physical and learning disorders.
To meet requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology or audiology granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the student will need to earn a master's degree or doctoral degree. Therefore, four years of undergraduate study is the pre-professional training to prepare for graduate education.
During the undergraduate program, students will complete university requirements in the humanities, social, and natural sciences. They will learn about the development and use of speech, language, hearing, and learn fundamentals of assessing and managing communication disorders. Students who major in Communication Disorders will complete a core of undergraduate courses (approximately 40 semester credits) and demonstrate the attributes and meet the expectations listed in the Technical Standards for CDO Major Program. Near the end of the four years of undergraduate education, students should apply for a master's degree program in speech-language pathology (SLP), or a professional doctorate degree program in audiology (Au.D.). Contact the The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions admissions office for more information.
Students will be able to earn a master's degree in speech-language pathology, or professional doctorate degree in audiology (Au.D.) at CMU. Students interested in the speech language pathology graduate program with an undergraduate major in Communication Disorders can apply for admission. Students who have an undergraduate degree in another field of study, will need to complete a core of undergraduate courses (approximately 29 semester credits) to provide the necessary background for graduate work. Completion of the master's degree in speech-language pathology takes approximately two years. CMU was the first university in the country to offer a professional clinical doctorate degree in audiology (Au.D.). This professional doctorate degree program will provide you with excellent preparation through coursework, doctoral projects, and a two-semester clinical residency. The Au.D. is designed for students entering the program with a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders or other undergraduate majors, and takes approximately four years.