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Communication Disorders


About the Department
The Department of Communication Disorders offers an undergraduate bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders and a master's degree in Speech Pathology. The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). The Department also offers the Post-Baccalaureate Program for individuals who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than in Communication Disorders and who desire to obtain a graduate degree in speech pathology.

All of the Communication Disorder Faculty hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and are also licensed by the North Dakota Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Communication Disorders Clinic is one of the largest in the midwest and is an outstanding facility serving clients from North Dakota, Montana, and Canada.
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SMILE100 unveil total funds raised
To be part of the Power of 100 Centennial service challenge, the Department of Communication Disorders took on a big challenge by adopting SMILE100 (Smile to the power of 100). Students, faculty and staff in the department set their sights on raising enough funds to pay for 100 cleft lip and palate surgeries for children in developing countries. This put them in the throes of raising $24,000.

Recently, the Department of Communication Disorders students, faculty and staff unveiled the Smile Tracker, revealing how many surgeries have been funded to date. They exceeded their goal of 100, raising funds for more than 135 surgeries, a total of $32,460.

"When we were trying to think of a service project, someone suggested we raise enough money for 100 surgeries," said Lesley Magnus, associate professor of communication disorders. "We started asking 'Can we get the students involved? Can we get the faculty involved? Can we get the staff involved? Can we get the university involved?’ Everybody got really excited, so we said ‘Let’s go for it!'"

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Mission of the Department of Communication Disorders
The mission of the Department of Communication Disorders is to provide state-of-the-art preservice training, engage students in clinical/research activities, and maximize the quality of life for people with communication problems.

Goals of the Speech-Language Pathology Program
The goals of the master’s program in speech-language pathology are as follows:

  1. To provide course offerings and clinical experiences reflecting pertinent and current content necessary for personal growth and professional competence in the field of speech language pathology.
  2. To provide information and experiences in multicultural, ethnic, and social issues that foster the students’ abilities to serve a diverse clientele.
  3. To facilitate student understanding of hearing, speech, and language development and disorders across the life span.
  4. To create intellectual excitement, curiosity, and student involvement in research activities and encourage application of research evidence into everyday clinical practice.

Communication Disorders Clinic
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All students pay in-state tuition
Minot State University (North Dakota) is making it affordable for any student in the world to receive a top-notch education from one of the premiere universities in the Great Plains. Whether you're from Texas, China, Washington, Colorado, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Norway or Alberta, you will pay the North Dakota in-state tuition rate when you enroll in on-campus courses.
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Contact Us
Leisa Harmon, Chair

Ms. Diane Pierson, Dept. Secretary

Memorial 116
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
701-858-3031 or 1-800-777-0750