What careers can I pursue with a Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) degree?
The CSD Bachelor of Health Sciences undergraduate program is considered a pre-professional degree program for students interested in becoming either a speech language pathologist (SLP) or audiologist. Both of these career paths require graduate education and are further described below. Some students who obtain a bachelor’s degree in CSD will choose to work in fields such as health care, education or communication. Others may pursue graduate study in other related fields.
What are Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists?
Speech-language pathologists are healthcare professionals who help individuals throughout their lifespan who have speech, language, hearing, feeding, or swallowing disorders. They evaluate and treat problems related to speech sound production, comprehension and production of language, voice, stuttering, swallowing, orofacial anomalies, communication modalities, and hearing. Completion of a Master’s degree is the entry level point for an SLP. Typically, students should plan on 6 years to complete both the undergraduate and graduate coursework to become an SLP.
Audiologists are health care professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis and evidence based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorder for people of all ages. Completion of a Clinical Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) is the entry level point for an audiologist. To become an audiologist, students should plan on 7-8 years to complete both the undergraduate and graduate work to become an audiologist. Additional information about both professions is available here from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: http://www.asha.org/Students/Learn-About-the-CSD-Professions/.