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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 33-credit major in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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

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

Katie Lorenz '18 is pursuing a master's in speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michelle Johnson '17 is a graduate assistant at Texas Christian University.

Marissa Hollems '17 is a student in the speech-language pathology master's program at Midwestern University, Downer's Grove, Ill.

Kelly Wallner '17 is an associate at Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis.

Kristen Santoro '16 is pursuing 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.

Jamie Graf ’15 is a speech-language pathologist at Children's Therapy Services, Denver.

Brittany Burk ’15 is a speech-language pathologist at Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign, Ill.

Amber Arvin '15 is a speech-language pathologist at Katiebug Therapy in Plainfield, Ill.

Jessica Andujar '15 is a speech-language pathologist at Genesis Rehab Services, Chicago.

Megan Alano Covey ’14 a speech-language pathologist at Turning Point Autism Foundation, Naperville, Ill.

Taylor Flanagan ’14 is a speech-language pathologist at Racine Unified School District.

Nicole Vondra ’14 is a speech-language pathologist at The School District of Janesville in Janesville, Wis.

Evelyn Pulkowski '14 is a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa teaching in the Department of Linguistics.

Lora Collison ’13 is a speech-language pathologist at North Shore Pediatric Therapy, Chicago.

Distinctions

Augustana's program includes substantial clinical experience and research and service learning, all with the close support of the faculty.

CSD majors receive instruction and mentoring as student speech-language pathologists and audiologists working with clients in Augustana's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing. The clinic provides intervention to some 85 families a term; CSD majors perform most clinical services, supervised by faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The center's facilities in the Betsey Brodahl Building house the classroom and student-clinician workroom, seven assessment-intervention rooms, an audiology suite, two research labs, a conference room 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 Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing, Augustana graduates perform data-based research, a final thesis and professional class presentation for the 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!"

Ashley Mancera at the Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing

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Augustana board approves $3.5M Brodahl expansion

The Augustana College Board of Trustees has approved a $3.5 million expansion of the Brodahl Building to accommodate the college’s new master’s degree program in speech-language pathology.

Augustana to offer master’s degree in speech-language pathology

A critical nationwide need for speech-language pathologists has emerged in the last decade, and Augustana is ready to fill the gap. Starting in 2020, students can begin work on their master’s degree in speech-language pathology.