Darla Vale PhD, RN, CCRN-K, Dean of Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in communication sciences and disorders is blended with the Mount’s broad liberal arts foundation to prepare students for a variety of careers. The curriculum integrates a sequence of interdisciplinary courses designed to provide a thorough understanding of normal human communication processes in children and adults, in addition to various disorders associated with these processes.

 A master’s degree is the entry-level degree for professional clinical practice in speech-language pathology, as graduate studies are focused on the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. Thus, for many students, an undergraduate major in communication sciences and disorders is a pre-professional degree. The program incorporates guided clinical opportunities where students can gain the skills and experiences needed for admission and success in graduate studies.

 As a part of the School of Health Sciences, the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an in-depth curriculum of courses, clinical observation hours, and a senior seminar.