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Minot State University has a reputation for producing top-quality speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
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Communications Disorders

Careers in Communications Disorders
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists help people with speech, language or hearing problems to hear and communicate more effectively. Speech-language pathologists work with people of all ages in a variety of settings: schools, clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice.

Educational requirements
A bachelor's degree in communication disorders prepares students to pursue a master's (graduate) degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. A master's degree is required for professional practice as a speech-language pathologist; a doctorate degree in audiology is required for practice as an audiologist in the U.S. We offer the Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Approximately 25 students are accepted into our master's degree program each year.

Course Catalog

Our clinic
The Communication Disorders Clinic is an outstanding facility and - with 17 clinic rooms, two assessment rooms, observation rooms, and the only Vocal Functions Laboratory in the region - it is one of the largest in the Midwest. Teamed with faculty members, our undergraduate and graduate students have the distinctive opportunity of working directly with clients: conducting evaluations, preparing appropriate interventions, and providing needed services.

Our faculty
All communication disorders faculty members hold Certificates of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. All are licensed in speech-language pathology and audiology by the North Dakota Board of Examiners.

Our interns
Our second-year graduate students are highly recruited, completing their 16-week externships throughout the United States and Canada. Some receive stipends ranging from $10,000 to $16,000. Virtually all are offered full-time positions upon completion of their externships.

Employment outlook
Demand is so high, our graduate students often receive employment offers before they graduate. Beginning salaries in communication disorders range from $40,000 to $65,000.

Scholarships
The Department of Communications Disorders offers undergraduate and graduate students scholarships, graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, and funding from area service organizations and educational agencies.

Right for you?
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work intently with their clients to help them develop or recover reliable communication and swallowing skills. They must communicate diagnostic results, diagnoses and proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by clients and their families. They need to be supportive and approach problems objectively. And - because a client's progress may be slow - patience, compassion and good listening skills are vital.

Department of Communication Disorders mission
Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art pre-service communications disorders training, engage students in clinical and research activities, and maximize the quality of life for people with communication problems.

Have more questions?
To learn more, visit our Communication Disorders web site. Better yet, schedule a campus visit so we can meet face-to-face and show you around.

Contact Information
Leisa Harmon, MS, CCC-SLP
Chair, Department of Communication Disorders
Phone: 701-858-3057 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3057
leisa.harmon@minotstateu.edu