Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (Online 2nd BS) - 2nd BS

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

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 by completing all required courses in the program.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

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

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*This degree is available at various USU locations.

**This degree is 100% available online. USU is a SARA-approved institution offering fully online programs nationwide; please visit USU's state authorizations for details.


Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, students applying for this program must have a bachelor's degree with a major other than COMD from a regionally accredited university.

Note: For graduation, students must earn a GPA of 3.0 and satisfy any American Institutions educational requirements not met in the first bachelor’s degree.

For more information, see the COMDDE department website or the USU Catalog

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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