Western’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-baccalaureate Program prepares you to apply to graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Courses are held in a state-of-the-art clinical facility on Western’s campus and taught by top faculty in the field. Our mission is to provide the best academic knowledge and theory to support the development of applicable clinical practicum skills in a supportive and collaborative environment.
Communication Sciences and Disorders, post-bacc
About our Program
At a Glance
Area of Study
Face to face
Number of Credits
Speech-Language Pathologist | Speech-Language Scientist | Government/Industry Consultant | Audiologist | Hearing Scientist | Clinic Administrator
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences, including the etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates. Specific knowledge must be demonstrated in the following areas: articulation; fluency; voice and resonance (including respiration and phonation); receptive and expressive language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and manual modalities; hearing, including the impact on speech and language; social aspects of communication; communication modalities (including oral, manual, augmentative, and alternative communication techniques and assistive technologies.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates of the disorders.
- Demonstrate knowledge of standards of ethical conduct.
- Demonstrate information literacy by demonstrating knowledge of the social aspects of information, the organization of information, and the research process.
- Demonstrate effective written communication and effective use of resources when submitting clinical reports.
- Demonstrate mastery of effective communication when writing about areas of inquiry.
- Demonstrate oral and written communication skills, teamwork, and meaningful community service while engaged in service-learning.
"It was a big step returning to school after taking four years away to grow my professional skill set, but I would encourage anyone who is passionate about the humanities, social and natural sciences, and working with individuals of all abilities, to research this major, speak with former students, and communicate with the faculty and advisors. The professors are passionate about their research and each possess a wealth of knowledge about the future of the profession, their specific area of expertise, and they understand and remember what it’s like to be a student. Everyone I have encountered in this department truly wants their students to succeed."