Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. This Web site is designed to familiarize you with our degree programs, introduce you to our faculty, and orient you to our Clinic facilities.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is devoted to the study of human communication and associated disorders. We offer a baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology which prepares our graduate students for employment in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community clinics, home health, private practice). The Department of CSD is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), an entity within American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The CAA is authorized to accredit graduate education programs for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.

Our undergraduate degree is the Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students who complete the undergraduate program receive the academic and clinical preparation necessary for graduate study. This program is preprofessional in nature. Our graduate degree is the Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology. Students who complete the graduate program gain the necessary academic and clinical practicum experiences for certification by ASHA, licensure by the North Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and advanced licensure by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. Both our undergraduate and graduate programs support the department’s mission to prepare students for careers in speech-language pathology.

The Department’s greatest assets are the skills and expertise of our faculty and the strong clinical focus of our program. Our program offers students the opportunity for study with faculty who are nationally recognized in their areas of expertise. We are proud of the quality of instruction that our students receive in the classroom as well as the opportunities we provide for them to work alongside faculty in a variety of clinical settings. All faculty hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence and are actively involved in creative scholarly endeavors, clinical services, and/or research projects.

Our on-site clinical facility, the Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic, is one of the largest university-based clinics within the state. It is well established in reputation and is recognized for the outstanding clinical services provided to individuals of all ages from the Boone and Western North Carolina regions.

If you would like to learn more about the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, please explore our website. To obtain further information or to arrange a visit, please contact our administratve assistant at 828-262-7182. We meet with students the first Friday of each month following the open house conducted by the Graduate School.