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Terri Vosper
USU Graduate
U.S. News & World Report: Best Online Programs, Bachelor's 2018

About Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education (Online 2nd BS)

The second bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field but need the prerequisite coursework to be considered for admission into graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology. The entire program is offered online and can be completed in three semesters, or can be finished at a more leisurely pace according to the student’s needs.

Speech-language pathologists work with individuals of all ages who have difficulties communicating, learning to communicate, feeding, or swallowing. This may include infants with feeding disorders or children with speech, language, hearing, or literacy development problems. It may also include children and adults who stutter, have voice disorders, or suffer speech, language, and swallowing problems as the consequence of neurological disease or stroke.

Audiologists evaluate and manage individuals who are suspected or have been identified as having differences associated with hearing. Audiologists conduct testing to help identify hearing loss, select and fit hearing aids, program cochlear implants, and provide aural rehabilitation.

Students receive a second BS by completing all required courses in the program.

Differential Tuition

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. Contact the department or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information about the cost of this program.

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, students applying for this program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the communicative disorders  information form available on the department website
  • Maintain 3.0 in the program

Candidates for a second bachelor’s degree who did not satisfy American Institutions requirements in the first bachelor’s degree, must satisfy any deficiencies in these requirements before receiving the second bachelor’s degree.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

This degree is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field but need the prerequisite coursework to be considered for admission into graduate programs in speech language pathology or audiology. With graduate degrees in these fields, students are eligible to work in the following areas:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing facilities
  • Home health care centers
  • Community centers
  • Private practice settings

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.

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