Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Healthcare
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Bachelor's Degree Program

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program provides a strong pre-professional background for students interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology. Speech-language pathologists help to improve the quality of life for people with communication and swallowing disorders resulting from a variety of causes, such as stroke, brain injury, developmental delay, autism, and cerebral palsy.

The undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum provides knowledge in normal and disordered speech, language, swallowing, and hearing processes. Assessment and intervention learning experiences are supported by current research and evidence-based practice. Christian, Catholic, Benedictine, and professional speech-language values are embedded in our program to establish ethical, respectful, caring, and service-oriented students.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Degree Program Highlights

Speech-language pathologists make a life-long impact on the people they serve. At the University of Mary, you will find a collaborative, hands-on learning environment that will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to provide the greatest level of care:

  • Apply Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that emphasize the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, as well as your own personal development as a caregiver.
  • Gain leadership experience outside the classroom through a wide range of experiential learning opportunities.
  • Work closely with world-class faculty who bring professional experience and a real-world perspective to their classes.

The University of Mary School of Health Sciences is in the process of developing a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology which is tentatively projected to commence in August of 2018 pending approval from ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Pathology (CAA).

Career Outlook for Speech-Language Pathologist Majors

Speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, clinics, private practice, early intervention centers, and homes. Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 21% from 2014 to 2024, more than twice the national average for all occupations. This is due to factors that include a growing population of older adults, increased awareness of speech and language disorders in younger children, and medical advances that improve the survival rate of victims of trauma and stroke.

Locally, North Dakota’s rapidly growing population has increased the number of children needing speech and language therapy. This pronounced need has resulted in abundant employment opportunities in our region.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition

Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders Required Courses:

BIO 207, 208; CHE 109 OR PHY 203; PSY 201, 207, 406; MAT 180; COM 110; ENG 121; EDU 295, 367; CSD 210,220, 230, 310, 320, 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, 410, 420, 430, 440, 450, 460, 470, 480, 490

If you are considering a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota:

Scholarships/Financial Aid

Admission Requirements