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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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   → Accreditation and Accolades

Power of 100 Minot State University Communication Disorders Department
Minot State University is 100 years old and for the past 50 years, we have been educating and training the next generation of Speech Language Pathologists. As part of our centennial year, the Department of Communication Disorders, faculty, staff, and students, would like to raise monies to support 100 Cleft lip and palate surgeries in third world countries. Please join us in our lofty challenge. Each surgery costs $240. Of course, any amount is greatly appreciated.

Together, We Can Change Lives
Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe. Operation Smile’s network of volunteers works worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities including cleft lips and cleft palates.

We hope you'll help us bring hope and new smiles to children suffering from facial deformities.
   → Help fix a child's smile, donate now!

Culminating Event: "Miles for Smiles" Walk
We will be collecting monies throughout the 2013-2014 school year and hope to have 100 surgeries provided by the end of May. The third annual "Miles for Smiles" walk will be our culminating event on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. We hope you will join us in this event too. In years 1 and 2, our students raised an additional $6,600 towards surgeries.
   → Event Information and Registration Form [pdf]

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.
   → Read more about MSU's new tuition model

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