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Communication Sciences Disorders, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
The Western Carolina University Communication Sciences Disorders Program prepares students for a wide range of careers, from clinicians to scholars. Students study the nature and development of communication competence and the nature of management of disorders of communication.
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Key facts:

  • The Communication Sciences Disorders curriculum is taught in classroom and clinical settings by experienced, knowledgeable faculty members, many of whom have been or still are professional clinicians. These faculty members are also dedicated researchers who conduct their studies in order to better understand Communication Sciences and Disorders, and to expand knowledge in the field.
  • The rigorous curriculum combines academic courses and clinical education from which students gain valuable pre-professional experience and the courses required for graduate study. The core curriculum includes courses such as Introduction to Communication Disorders, Acoustics and Speech Science, Introduction to Audiology, and Speech-Language Disorders in Children. 
  • In addition to the core, all students are required to complete a concentration or minor, elective and liberal studies courses, and supervised observations in the Speech and Hearing Clinic, which serves approximately 75 clients a week. Outside the classroom, students may also choose to get involved in Western Carolina University’s National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association Chapter to further their studies and understanding of the field.
  • Program graduates are employed throughout the region and nation. Many have gone on to pursue their master’s degree in order to become a professional speech-language pathologist. Employment can be focused in the research and administration areas of communication sciences and disorders, or in the growing field of assistive technology. Employers for graduates can include hospitals, private practices, public clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation companies and home health agencies. 
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care practitioners and technical occupations in general are projected to increase 21.5 percent by 2022. Speech-language pathologist occupations are projected for a 19.4 percent increase in the same time period, while audiologist occupations are projected for an increase of 33.6 percent.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Communication Sciences Disorders curriculum includes:

  • Communication Disorders
  • Fundamentals of Speech and Language Analysis
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Phonetics 
  • Acoustics and Speech Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • Measurement Practices in Communication Disorders 
  • Audiology
  • Speech-Language Disorders in Adults
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Speech-Language Disorders in Children
  • Fluency and Voice Disorders
  • The Clinical Process
  • The Exceptional Child

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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