College of Health Sciences

Communication Sciences & Disorders

21%

job growth

(2018-28, U.S. BLS)

90%+

acceptance to graduate programs

73K

median annual salary

after graduate clinical training (National Median Pay, U.S. BLS)

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Bernadette Cortez

Director of Recruitment

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

900 South Limestone Street

111 CT Wethington Building

Program website

859-323-6743

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In keeping with the standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is considered a pre-professional degree program for both speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology.

A degree in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) from the College of Health Sciences offers many unique and diverse opportunities for those wanting a career in the broad field of healthcare. Speech-language pathologists are clinical specialists who diagnose and treat individuals throughout the life span experiencing speech, voice, language, feeding, or swallowing disorders in settings ranging from educational school environments, to hospital and rehabilitation centers, and to private practice. Similarly, audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and treatment of balance, hearing, and other auditory disorders. In keeping with the standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is considered a pre-professional degree program for both speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology. In order to meet Kentucky licensure and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification requirements, it is necessary to complete the Master’s degree for SLP certification or the clinical doctorate (AuD) to receive certification in audiology. The Master’s degree is considered the entry-level point for professional speech-language pathologists, while the AuD is needed to become a practicing audiologist. Undergraduate students intent on majoring in CSD should plan on 6 years to complete both the Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Science/Arts program, and 7-8 years to complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences and the AuD in audiology.

I got an opportunity to work on UK’s TAALC grant which works to give people who are nonverbal a way to communicate with others. While working on the grant, I was shocked to learn how many different devices there are that people use to communicate with that can’t speak on their own! I’m honored to be a part of something that works so hard to make life a little easier for others.

Payton Schmidt

Senior, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

CSD MAJOR COURSES

Fall Semester - Junior Year

CSD 277 - Intro. to CSD  (3 cr.)  - May be taken prior to admission

CSD 285 - Applied Phonetics  (3 cr.)  - May be taken prior to admission

CSD 378 - Anatomy & Phys. of Speech  (3 cr.)               

Spring Semester - Junior Year

CSD 402 - Speech Sciences  (3 cr.)

CSD 484 - Intro. to Diagnostics (3 cr.)  

Fall Semester - Senior Year

CSD 491 - Audiology  (3 cr.)

CSD 571 - Neural Bases of Speech  (3 cr.)

CSD 482 - Clinical Management I  (3 cr.)

Spring Semester - Senior Year

CSD 410 - Language Development  (3 cr.)

CSD 483 - Clinical Management II  (3 cr.)

CSD 591 - Aural Rehabilitation  (3 cr.)

CSD 481 - Clinical Experience  (3 cr.)

Any Semester - Junior or Senior Years

EDS 375 - Intro to Ed. of Exp Child.**  (3 cr.) - May be taken prior to admission

EDS 516 - Behavior Management**  (3 cr.)


Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a student must complete courses that fulfill the UK CORE requirements and all required CSD courses.

UK Core Requirements

Communication Sciences and Disorders students can elect to take any eligible UK Core course to complete each of the required categories. Students are strongly encouraged to take PSY 100 for Social Science, BIO 102 or 103 for Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and STA 210 for Statistical Inferential Reasoning since those courses are required as pre-requisites for admission to the major or needed for future professional certification through ASHA.

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement

Communication Sciences and Disorders students will use EPE 301 Education in American Culture, CSD 402 Speech Sciences, CSD 481 Clinical Experience, or CSD 591Aural Rehabilitation to complete the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement.


Premajor Requirements 

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 42 credit hours, including credit for PSY 100 and CSD 277 (or  equivalents), at the time of application. Students also need a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be considered for admission. Students not meeting these minimum program standards will not be evaluated.

CSD Admissions

Health Sciences Undecided/Exploratory Studies Option

Many university students will change their major or career goals at least once during their college years. To assist students in finding a health profession that meets personal interests and professional ambitions, College of Health Sciences has developed an Undecided/Exploratory Studies option for students who have yet to decide the specific program of study that most closely aligns both their interests and goals for becoming a professional in health care. The Health Sciences Undecided/Exploratory Studies option provides students with an educational environment that includes coursework and co-curricular programs to introduce students to a variety of health professionals, health care settings, and the unique opportunity to explore multiple working areas found on the medical campus during their first year in college. For more information or to inquire further, please contact chs-admissions@uky.edu. 


Contact

Bernadette Cortez

Director of Recruitment

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

900 South Limestone Street

111 CT Wethington Building

859-323-6743