Undergraduate Program Overview
The Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). This degree provides education in basic human communication and its disorders and introduces students to evidence-based practices, ethics, and professional attitudes in serving diverse individuals in our community who have communication disorders.
Program At A Glance:
- Cohort based program with a new cohort beginning each Spring and Fall
- Spring Semester start program is fully online
- Fall Semester start program is a traditional face-to-face program with full-time on campus classes
- 75 unit full-time, cohort-based transfer program (15 prep to the major, 9 Upper Division GE, and 51 major) to be completed in 5 consecutive semesters, including Summer
- Classes will be held on the San Marcos campus in a face-to-face format for Fall start
- The program will provide students with a broad education, covering content related to speech, language, communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders, across the lifespan
- After successfully completing the program, the student is eligible to apply for any domestic Speech-Language Pathology Masters program
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
The student must demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication, hearing, and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
Students will be able to: 1-a) Differentiate normal and abnormal human development across the lifespan. 1-b) Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to communication and swallowing processes. 1-b) Analyze a speech and language sample including acoustic, phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic qualities from diverse populations across the lifespan.
The student must incorporate concepts of communication, hearing, and swallowing functions to communicate information regarding development, differences, and/or disorders, in oral and written form.
Students will be able to: 2-a) Synthesize information about anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic and cultural correlates to differentiate typical development and processes from communication and swallowing disorders and differences.
2-b) Evaluate client/patient data to produce oral and written technical reports, diagnostic and treatment plans, and professional correspondence.
The student must apply evidence-based research to support decision-making.
Students will be able to: 3-a) Synthesize scientific evidence and evaluate its validity and reliability in order to gain a greater understanding of the nature of human development, in addition to communication and swallowing disorders.
Describe the importance of ethical conduct and professional attitudes when communicating and collaborating with professionals across health and human service disciplines.
4-a) Critically analyze conduct for ethical and professional behaviors for successful team relationships.
A cohort is a group of students who work through a curriculum together to achieve the same academic degree. Because they are accepted into the same program, take their classes together, and graduate together, students in cohorts tend to form a strong support system and professional network that benefit them during their degree program and beyond.
Please note: The administration of the Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is contingent upon having the appropriate number of qualified candidates. In the event the number of minimum qualified candidates is not satisfied, the program may be delayed or cancelled prior to the program's start date. Accepted applicants will be notified in writing if the program is cancelled or delayed. We encourage you to visit our website frequently for the most up-to-date information.
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