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Professional practice in Communication Disorders involves working with people who have impairments and disabilities of speech, language and hearing.
310 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Box V
Spokane, WA 99202
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders
The undergraduate Communication Disorders program is designed to begin the junior year following completion of the university's general education requirements (GECRs), the university's graduation requirements and a few prerequisite courses (see below). Upon earning the bachelor's degree, most students would then apply for a graduate study.
Apply to Eastern Washington University and confirm acceptance to the university
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75
Minimum of 82 transferable credits
If you are currently an Eastern student you should evaluate your progress towards the requirements for this major using Student Online Academic Review (SOAR). SOAR is an automated record reflecting academic progress toward degree completion. By considering completed coursework, your current EWU enrolled courses, and transfer coursework, SOAR provides timely information on your progress toward degree completion.
Questions can be directed initially to the department assistant, who will route the student to an appropriate program advisor.
The undergraduate program is on the semester schedule. This means the program begins the third week of August and ends early May. Students need to enter the program with their general education core requirements (GECRs) completed including the university graduation requirement of an International Studies course. Required courses for the profession are guided by the knowledge and skills outcomes of the certification standards for the CCC-SLP as set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) see http://www.asha.org. The student must demonstrate course work for each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and the social/behavioral sciences. Appropriate course work in biological sciences could include biology, general anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, or genetics. Course work in physical sciences could include physics or chemistry. Course work in behavioral sciences could include psychology, sociology or cultural anthropology. Course work in math must include a statistics course. In addition, COMD requires coursework in interpersonal communication. The supporting courses can be fulfilled at Eastern or at other colleges or universities.(e.g. Eastern's CMST 200 and Eastern's CSBS 320).
What will I study?
General Education Core Requirements (GECRs) MUST be satisfied prior to entering the program in the Fall semester of the junior year. Consult the general undergraduate catalog or consult with an undergraduate advisor. Even when transfering to Eastern with a direct transfer degree, the student needs to be aware that the university (Eastern) requires International Studies and Culture Gender Diversity courses to be completed for graduation with a Bachelors degree. (DSST 310, required within our curriculum, fulfills the Culture Gender Diversity requirement).
In addition to GECRs there are two (2) supporting courses required for the Communication Disorders major:
- Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication
The supporting courses can be fulfilled at Eastern or at other colleges or universities.
COMD Major Field of Study: Minimum of 88 quarter credits
*Required COMD Courses course schedule
Because of the rigor required in our course work, we require students applying to the program and/or declaring Communication Disorders as their major, to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. This minimum is also necessary to remain in the program. A 2.75 is also required by the COMD department for graduation.
* The undergraduate courses are sequenced. Therefore, it is best to enter the program in the Fall of an academic year.
Emphases / Concentrations:
- Know the processes for assessment and intervention of disorders of hearing, speech, language and swallowing
- Know the causes, characteristics and consequences of the disorders of hearing, speech, language and swallowing.
- Understand the content and sequence of the development of speech and language.
- Know the anatomical, physiological and psychological properties involved in the normal communication processes of hearing, speech, language and swallowing.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the physics of sound and the measurement of its dimensions, and be able to apply basic principles of acoustics to human hearing and speech.
- Gain an appreciation and insight into the communication disorders profession by participating in service learning opportunities.
What could I do with my degree?
- The bachelor's degree is considered a pre-professional degree. Graduates with a bachelor's degree typically apply for advanced graduate study. Individuals holding a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders may also apply to professional doctoral programs in audiology. In the State of Washington individuals with a bachelor's degree can be employed as speech-language pathology assistants.