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B.S. in Speech-Language and Communication Disorders

Prepare to serve people with speech and language disabilities by obtaining your first degree in this growing field. With the Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language and Communication Disorders, you can apply for master's programs in speech-language pathology, including at Nova Southeastern University.

What you'll study
You will gain a research-based, academic foundation in the concepts and principles in speech, hearing, language, and human communication disorders. The courses will focus on developing critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and a broad understanding of the field. Discover the latest findings from research and explore this fascinating field.

How you'll learn more
An accredited university, NSU offers opportunities for the undergraduate student to take courses either face-to-face or in an online environment. In addition, some classes are available through video-conferencing at the various regional campuses throughout the state of Florida. Degrees at NSU in Speech-Language Pathology extend to the master's and doctoral levels, and you'll have the opportunity to learn from instructors with expertise in areas such as childhood language disorders, voice disorders, adult neurological disorders, motor-speech disorders, and fluency disorders.

Where it can take you
Depending on the state, graduates with a bachelor's degree can apply for licensure as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLP-A). This license allows them to work under the direction of a certified, master's level speech-language pathologist in a variety of educational and health-related settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, clinics, and in private practice.

Review the approximate annual cost of tuition, housing, studying part-time, and other options.

Tuition and Fees

For Incoming Freshmen (Fewer than 24 college credits):

  • Completed admissions application packet, including $50 non-refundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official high school transcripts with courses, grades, and graduation date (if available) of GED equivalent
  • Official test scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT)

For Transfer Students:

  • Completed admissions application packet, including $50 non-refundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities

For International Students:

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Secondary school or college level transcripts with courses and grades with official English-language translations, if necessary, by Josef Silny & Associates or World Education Services
  • For non-native English speakers, official test scores showing a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based or 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, 480 on the verbal section of the SAT, a grade of “C” or better in a composition course at regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam
  • Student (F-1) visa or exchange visitor (J-1) visa
  • Original bank statement or official letter from a financial institution indicating ability to meet all costs of education without financial aid from Nova Southeastern University


  • General Education Requirements: 30 credits
  • Electives: 24 credits


Course Number Course Title
ESOL 2903 Cross Cultural Studies
This course will enable students to expand their knowledge of a multiplicity of cultural groups nationwide. This knowledge will allow them to identify culture-specific verbal and nonverbal communications and school behaviors resulting from cultural variations and their influence on student behavior/attitudes. The use of recent research findings and cross-cultural awareness will assist participants in maximizing student learning and in designing culturally-sensitive instructional materials while exhibiting appropriate teacher behaviors in cross-cultural school settings. In addition to class meetings, a 10 hour virtual field experience is required for this course. Prerequisite/s: None
PSYC 2390 Adulthood and Aging
SPCH (3 credits of Oral Communication)
EDUC 3350 Survey of Except Student Education
Foundations in exceptional student education in which historical perspectives, student characteristics, prevalence, incidence, etiology and medical aspects of exceptional learners are discussed. Techniques of prevention and intervention, from infancy through adulthood, are explored through classification processes, the continuum of services and the utilization of community services. Current trends and issues will be investigated. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a field setting is required. Prerequisite/s: COMP 1500, COMP 2000 or COMP 2020, MATH 1040, MATH 1050, and GKEP.
BIOL 1070 Basics of Human Heredity
PSYC 2300 Behavior Modification
BHS 4001 Individuals with Disabilities and Special Needs
BHS 4150 The Science of Sound



Course Number Course Title Credits
CSAD 2010 Communication Disorders through Film and Media
Overview of communication disorders through a representation in films, literature, and media. This course provides an overview of speech, language, and hearing disorders from a clinical perspective. Communication disorders will be examined through the perception of society. Prerequisite/s: COMP 1500.
CSAD 3010 Phonetics
This class will cover the study of the history, theory and application of phonetics. Students review sampling and transcription techniques and applications to clinical practice. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 2010.
CSAD 3020 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech-Language and Hearing Mechanisms
This course is an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vocal mechanisms. Prerequisite/s: BIOL 1100 and PHYS 1020
CSAD 3025 Language Science
This course will provide the foundation for understanding the morphological and syntactic processes in typical language development. Students will learn to apply this knowledge to the clinical analysis of language. The study of syntactic and morphological processes as it relates to clinical analysis of language. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 2010
CSAD 3030 Speech-Language Development
Study of prelinguistic and psycholinguistic variables related to normal development from infancy through adolescence. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 3025, and PSYC 1020
CSAD 3035 Foundations of Language and Literacy
This course will explore the foundations of language and literacy development as content background for effective language and literacy instruction, birth to age 5. Topics include theories of language and literacy development, history of reading and writing instruction, literacy and technology, cultural and linguistic aspects of literacy, and various perspectives and models of literacy learning. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 3030
CSAD 3040 Neuroanatomy
This course provides an introduction to the gross structure of the brain and spinal cord and functional relationship of their parts with emphasis on the auditory and vestibular peripheral and central nervous systems. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 3020.
CSAD 3050 Hearing and Speech Science
This course covers the nature of sound, sound transmission, and units of measurement necessary to understand the physiologic, acoustic, and perceptual parameters of hearing and speech production. A basic review of instrumentation and technology available and utilized in speech, hearing, and language research, intervention and assessment is provided. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 3020.
CSAD 3060 Directed Observation
Students must observe twenty-five clinical clock hours of evaluation and treatment by an ASHA certified and state licensed SLP as an orientation to the clinical aspect of speech-language pathology. Observation hours must be completed at university-affiliated sites and must precede clinical assignments. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 4010, and CSAD 4030.
CSAD 3080 Introduction to Research in CSD
This course will provide an introduction to research methods used in speech-language and communication disorders. Research studies will be used to illustrate research designs used in the discipline. Ethics of research will be discussed. Academic writing and APA style will be highlighted. Prerequisite/s: MATH 1040, and MATH 1060 or MATH 2020, and COMP 1500, and CSAD 4010 and CSAD 4030
CSAD 4010 Evaluation of Speech-Language Disorders
Principles of screening and evaluation of clients typically seen in a clinic, school, hospital or nursing home settings, including administration of specific evaluation instruments. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 3010, and CSAD 3030.
CSAD 4030 Treatment of Speech-Language Disorders
Overview of communication disorders, professional terminology, and intervention strategies. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 3010, and CSAD 3030.
CSAD 4050 Introduction to Audiology
Instruction in test administration and interpretation of standard and specialized tests of auditory function. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 3050
CSAD 4070 Rehabilitation for People with Hearing Impairment
Prevention and remediation of communication problems resulting from hearing impairment, in populations from birth to geriatrics. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 3030, CSAD 4010, CSAD 4030, and CSAD 4050.
CSAD 4080 Capstone
A culminating experience which incorporates knowledge gained in coursework in speech/language and communication science and disorders. The capstone experience offers students the opportunity to bridge theory-to-practice. This experience may be a service-learning project, research paper, or clinical experience. Prerequisite/s: CSAD 3080, CSAD 4010, and CSAD 4030


Coursework in the Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language and Communication Disorders is available for traditional students and working professionals at Nova Southeastern University’s Main Campus in Fort Lauderdale, online and in the various regional campuses throughout Florida.

  • Satisfactory completion of the required general education and program courses

  • Satisfactory completion of the required courses in the major

  • Maintained cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Completed application for degree and satisfaction of all NSU/CHCS financial obligations

Faculty members are recognized scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions. Many are also highly respected professional practitioners. Most importantly, they are united in their desire not only to educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 

4-Year Plan of Study
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