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Communication Disorders

Undergraduate Program and Course Descriptions

Department Policies
Public School Restricted Teaching License
Bachelor of Science with a Major in Communication Disorders
Post-Baccalaureate Program

Department Policies
Student may obtain a BS degree with a major in Communication Disorders. Retention polices pertain to all majors in Communication Disorders. Criteria for retention in the undergraduate degree program follow:

  1. Students earning a grade of 'D' or 'F' in a CD course must retake the course and earn a grade of 'C' or higher.
  2. After the semester in which 11 semester hours of required CD courses have been accumulated, students must have a 2.75 GPA in CD courses. If the CD-GPA falls below 2.75, students will have only one semester of probation at any time during the undergraduate program to raise the CD-GPA to a minimum of 2.75 or the student will not be retained in the program. If students choose to use transfer credit for Communication Disorders courses, the transferred grades will be used in the same manner as the initial coursework from MSU in computing the CD-GPA for retention purposes.
  3. The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 to graduate with a degree in Communication Disorders.
  4. Majors must complete the General Education Communications requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.50, with no grade lower than a 'C.'
  5. CD majors must complete the speech and hearing screening no later than the first semester in which they enroll in CD classes. Prior to enrollment in CD 324 (Techniques), students not passing the screening must complete a more thorough evaluation and show evidence of progress in areas requiring remediation. Ongoing progress in identified areas of remediation is required for continued enrollment in practicum courses. Practicum supervisors may request that a student repeat the speech and hearing screening if concerns about a student clinician's speech, hearing or language arise.
  6. When there is supported evidence of cheating on examinations or other course assignments, the student will receive a failing grade for the course and will not be retained in the major.
  7. Students who perform in an unprofessional or inappropriate manner regarding clinical responsibilities and/or confidential information will receive disciplinary action in the form of grade reduction and will not be retained in the major. Other action consistent with the university honesty policy and/or course syllabi may be taken.
  8. Students are required to enroll in a practicum or related class to receive credit for clincal practice hours, including observation hours.

Public School Restricted Teaching License
The North Dakota Restricted Teaching License is an optional track available to students in Speech-Language Pathology. See the Department Chair or a CD Faculty Advisor for specific details.

Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessionals (SLPP) who have completed a Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessional/Assistant Program may only transfer coursework into the bachelor's program as approved by the Department of Communication Disorders. For example, students completing the SLPP Program at Williston State College or Lake Region State College will receive transfer credit for Introduction to Communication Disorders.

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Communication Disorders (120 CR)
A BS degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements listed below:

I. General Education (38 cr) which must include a biological science (4) and a physical science (4).

II. CD Core (38-41 cr)

III. Additional Required Courses (30-31 cr)

IV. Psychology Component (8-9 cr)
Select three of the following:

V. Aging Component (3 cr)
Select one of the following:

Program Total (117-122 cr)

Electives: 0-3 cr.

Post-Baccalaureate Program
The Post-Baccalaureate Program (Post-Bac) is intended for individuals who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than in Communication Disorders. Typically, Post-Bac students have earned degrees in English, education, psychology, or linguistics.

The Post-Bac Program is a three-semester plan in which the student takes all the undergraduate classes in Communication Disorders. Application to the Post-Bac Program must be completed through the Department of Communication Disorders by March 1. Students accepted into the program must demonstrate a strong commitment to apply to the master's program; however, successful completion of the Post-Bac program does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program. Students may enroll in the Post-Bac Program only once. A minimum 3.00 grade point average must be earned in the fall semester to be allowed to continue in the spring semester. The decision on how many students will be accepted into the Post-Bac Program will be made by the CD Department based on total enrollment, available space, and potential success of the candidate. Students are not required to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to enter the program but must complete it during the fall semester if they plan to apply for the master's program.

Admission Procedures

  1. Complete an Application to Post-Baccalaureate Program and submit this and the required materials listed below by March 1. The undergraduate application for the Post-Bac Program may be downloaded from the CD Department Web site or obtained from the Admissions Office.
  2. Submit original transcripts from all universities attended. Candidate must have a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level, or a 3.3 GPA for the last 60 undergraduate hours.
  3. Provide proof of two doses of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella.
  4. Include a non-refundable $35 (US) application fee to "Minot State University."
  5. Submit three letters of recommendations from persons who can attest to the student's ability to complete the intense one-year Post-Bac Program and potential success at the graduate level.
  6. Write and submit an autobiography to describe current status and reasons why you want to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology.

Retention Criteria in Post-Baccalaureate Program:

  1. Student may not continue enrollment in this program if any grade lower than a "C" in department coursework is earned.
  2. Student must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA ("B" average).
  3. Students who do not meet the above criteria for retention may not enroll in additional coursework in the Department of Communication Disorders.
  4. Students must demonstrate adequate speech and hearing or show evidence each semester from the Department of Communication Disorders that progress is being made in the required remediation.

Post-Baccalaureate Program Forms
Application to Post-Baccalaureate Program [pdf]
letters of recommendations [pdf]

Course Descriptions

CD 150 Profession of Com Disorders 2 cr. An introduction into the profession of Communication Disorders. Contents will describe the progression from the preprofessional student level to the expert-consultant level. Major topics will include development of interpersonal skills, professional skills, problem-solving skills, technical skills and knowledge/experience.

CD 310 Intro Communication Disorders 3 cr. A survey of various communication disorders: language, phonology, fluency, voice, hearing impairment, cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and aphasia. Eight hours of clinical observation are required.

CD 320 Introduction to Phonetics 3 cr. A study of the sounds of American English and the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to record normal and disordered articulatory production.

CD 321 Language Development 3 cr. The study of those events and processes which combine in relatively predictable and observable ways and are evidenced in the acquisition of language.

CD 322 Speech Sound Disorders 3 cr. A study of the types, causes, and treatment of speech disorders including articulation and phonological disorders, voice, and fluency. Eight hours of clinical observation are required. Prerequisites: CD 310, 320.

CD 324 Techniques in Communication Disorders 3 cr. Therapy approaches and techniques for completing clinical practicum. This course includes a required laboratory experience and is a Prerequisite for CD 411. Prerequisites: CD 322.

CD 331 Language Disorders in Children 3 cr. The study of deviant language patterns and language patterns associated with cultural diversity. Language evaluation with emphasis on linguistic analysis and the development of language programming appropriate to language problems will be covered. Five hours of clinical observation are required. Prerequisite(s): CD 321.

CD 341 Speech and Hearing Science 2 cr. Fundamentals of acoustics, speech production, speech perception, and basic instrumentation. Prerequisite(s): CD 310.

CD 342 Introduction to Audiology 4 cr. A study of the basic tests of hearing with emphasis on test administration and interpretation. It includes anatomy and physiology of the auditory system and its relationship to various types and degrees of hearing loss. Prerequisite(s): CD 310.

CD 410 Audiology Practicum 1 cr. This practicum course will provide the undergraduate student in Communication Disorders, who has an interest in Audiology, the opportunity to participate in Audiology diagnostics in the CD clinic. The student will initially observe the audiologic diagnostic/patient management protocols in the clinic and will gradually be required to participate in greater measure. The goal is for the student to acquire greater understanding of audiologic test administration, interpretation, and patient counseling. Pre-requisite: CD 342

CD 411 Clinical Practicum 3 cr. Supervised practicum in a clinical setting. Students must enroll for a minimum of 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): CD 324. Repeatable for credit.

CD 412 Neurology for Comm. Disorders 2 cr. This course provides an overview of the role of neuroanatomy in speech and language. Attention is given to the structures of the brain and spinal cord, the ascending and descending pathways, cranial nerves, and the vascular supply to the brain. The role of these structures in the communication process is discussed. Prerequisites: CD 310, 341.

CD 413 Anatomy and Phys for Comm. Dis 3 cr. This course provides an overview of the anatomical and physiological bases of communication. Attention is given to the structures and functions of the respiratory, phonatory, resonatory and articulatory systems. Prerequisite(s): CD 310, 341, and 412.

CD 420 Advanced Communication Disorders 3 cr. This course will provide a general overview of neurologically based communication disorders, dysphagia, voice disorders, and stuttering. Course work will emphasize characteristics, procedures for assessment, and general treatment approaches for these communication disorders. Five hours of clinical observation are required.

CD 426 Speech-Language Development and Disorders for Teachers 4 cr. The study of speech language development and disorders of children. Inter-relationships among personal, social, academic, speech and language skills are covered. Academic modifications and coordination with specialized personnel are emphasized. For non-majors.

CD 427 Aural Rehabilitation 3 cr. Study of the rehabilitative philosophies and methodologies of individuals with hearing impairments.