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Communication Sciences and Disorders

95-100% of Augustana graduates who apply to graduate programs are admitted.

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Augustana offers a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a master of science in Speech-Language Pathology. A one-year, non-degree post-baccalaureate course sequence is also offered for students with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than CSD who would like to apply for graduate study in speech-language pathology. 

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Augustana College is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.  

Careers and internships

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) training prepares students for careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, speech science, hearing science, health care, education, and sales of clinical, education and health-related materials. (See Career Paths for CSD Majors)

Every year, 95-100% of Augustana graduates who apply to graduate programs are admitted, and half of those who go on to graduate school receive teaching or research fellowships in their advanced programs.

Recent graduates

Madeline Shane '20 is attending Augustana's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program.

Brandie Minogue '20 is attending graduate school at Texas Christian University.

Ashley Mancera '20 is attending Augustana's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program.

Courtney Baker '20 is going to Northwestern University to pursue her doctorate in audiology. She is a lab assistant in the Auditory Research Lab with Dr. Sumit Dhar.

Marisa Potter '20 is attending graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Claire Benisch '19 is attending graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cynthia (Johnson) Jansen '19 is attending graduate school at Easter Tennessee State University.

Courtney Kampert '18 is working as an ABA therapist and applying to graduate schools for speech-language pathology.

Michelle Johnson '17 is a speech-language pathologist and research associate at University of South Carolina.

Marissa Hollems '17 is a speech-language pathologist through RCM Health Care Services in New Lenox, Ill.

Kristen Santoro '16 is a speech-language pathologist at BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy.

Madeline Gannon '16 is a speech-language pathologist with Therapy Care in Chicago.

Makenzie Logan '16 is a speech-language pathologist with Bellevue Public Schools in Nebraska.

Natalie Tomerlin '16 is a speech-language pathologist with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.


Augustana's undergraduate and graduate programs include substantial clinical experience, research, and service learning, all with the close support of the faculty.

CSD majors and MS-SLP students receive instruction and mentoring as student speech-language pathologists and audiologists working with clients in the Barbara A. Roseman Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing. Each semester, some 85 families receive speech-language services at the Center. CSD majors and MS-SLP students perform clinical services while they are supervised by faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The Center's facilities in the Brodahl Hall house two classrooms, a student-clinician workroom, two waiting rooms, twelve individual rooms, a clinical observation room, six research labs, an audiology suite, audiology counseling office, a specialty clinic room, five conference rooms and faculty offices.

Augustana CSD majors have been selected to present their research findings at the national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association every year for the past 10 years. For more than 25 consecutive years, CSD majors have presented at annual state conventions.

Along with their training in the on-campus Barbara A. Roseman Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing, Augustana undergraduates perform data-based research for their Senior Inquiry capstone project.

What students say

Alexandra Watts '17, CSD; graduate student in Audiology at the University of Iowa
"I am incredibly grateful for my experience at Augustana. My studies at Augie not only prepared me for my future in graduate school, but also provided me with life-changing experiences like traveling to Ireland, and working with student organizations like Best Buddies. The opportunities given to me by the CSD faculty have truly shaped me into the student and clinician I am today. The clinical internship at Brodahl gave me hands-on experience in the field, and the opportunity to work in research fostered my passion for audiology and prepared me for graduate studies." 

Michelle Johnson '17, CSD: graduate student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth
"I'm in my first year of the speech-language pathology graduate program. I'm busy with classes, clients, and a thesis project at our campus clinic, and, this summer, I'm looking forward to a service learning program in China and a medical externship in Arlington, Texas. I'm loving my new experiences (and the warm weather!), and I could not feel more prepared for my career as an SLP. I'm always grateful for the support from back home - I may be a Horned Frog now but I'll always be a Viking at heart!"

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