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Communication Sciences and Disorders to Speech-Language Pathology (3+2 year program), BS to MS


The Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS CS&D) at DeSales is 3+2 Program that will prepare you to become a Speech-Language pathologist (SLP) in 5 years.

Starting as a Communication Sciences and Disorders major, you'll have the opportunity to transition into the SLP program during your fourth year of study.

This fast-paced program requires a commitment to an intensive lock-step curriculum. Designed for high-achieving students, this "honors"-type program is ideal for students confident in their career choice who enjoy the challenge of rigorous scientific studies.

Throughout your learning experience and after graduation:

    • you'll use your knowledge and skills to integrate scientific inquiry and evidence-based clinical reasoning into everyday practice, addressing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.
    • you'll be prepared to adapt and lead in the complex and dynamic healthcare environment of today and tomorrow through inter-professional collaborations.
    • you'll advance innovations in clinical practice through implementation science and cross-disciplinary efforts to improve the quality and delivery of services.

    Admissions Requirements

    At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic achievement but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

    We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. We welcome applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

    Application Checklist

    • Application Fee: None
    • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
    • Standardized Tests: Test-optional for students applying for Fall 2022*
    • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form
    • Please refer to the Program Specific Requirements section for any requirements specific to this program

    All materials can be mailed to:
    DeSales University Admissions Office
    2755 Station Ave.
    Center Valley, PA 

    * SAT scores are highly recommended for students applying for the Nursing and Health Science programs. Please refer to the Program Specific Requirements section for any requirements specific to this program.

    Additional recommendations

    High School Academics - Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

    • Four years of English
    • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
    • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
    • At least two laboratory science courses

    Visiting DeSales - A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but is not required. We encourage you to visit so that you'll have a chance to learn more about DeSales, and we'll have the opportunity to learn more about you, too.

    Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid 

    When to Apply

    We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

    Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.


    CS&D Major Courses

    • Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders (3 credits)
    • Language Science (Linguistics) (3 credits)
    • Language Development (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Audiology (3 credits)
    • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (4 credits)
    • Phonetics (3 credits)
    • Speech Sound Disorders (3 credits)
    • Speech Science (4 credits)
    • Neuroscience of Communication (3 credits)
    • Intro to Communication Disorders (3 credits)
    • Intro to Clinical Processes in Speech-Language Pathology (3 credits)
    • Eval & Treatment of Communication Disorders + Writing Lab (4 credits)

    Other ASHA Required Courses

    • Introduction Biology I (4 credits)
    • Probability & Statistics (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    • Physiological Chemistry (5 credits)

    Tuition & Fees

    DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

    Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2021-2022

    Resident Students

    Direct Costs
    Tuition - $39,500

    Room and Board - $13,300
    Mandatory Fees - $1,500
    One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
    Total = $54,500 (including freshman/transfer fees)

    Estimated Indirect Costs
    Books/Supplies - $1,468
    Personal Expenses - $3,706
    Total cost for resident students: $59,674

    Commuter Students

    Direct Costs
    Tuition - $39,500
    Mandatory Fees - $1,300
    One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
    Total = $41,000 (including freshman/transfer fees)

    Estimated Indirect Costs
    Books/Supplies - $1,468
    Personal Expenses - $3,706
    Transportation Costs - $2,138
    Total cost for commuter students: $48,312


    Direct Costs
    Tuition - $39,500
    Mandatory Fees - $1,300
    One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
    Total = $41,000 (including freshman/transfer fees)

    Estimated Indirect Costs
    Books/Supplies - $1,468
    Personal Expenses - $3,706
    Transportation Costs - $2,138
    Living Expenses - $7,870
    Total cost for off-campus students: $56,182
    *First year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

    Parking Fee - $75

    Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

    If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

    The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

    Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

    Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

    Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

    You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator

    St. Francis DeSales Statue

    St. Francis de Sales: The patron saint of hearing and the deaf

    St. Francis de Sales serves as an inspiration for modern day speech-language pathologists. In 1605, he developed a system for communicating with a deaf and mute young man by using signs he formed with his hands and fingers, thereby anticipating the creation of sign language by several centuries.  His desire to connect with and understand this young man serves as a wonderful reminder for healthcare practitioners that we can enable healing by treating our patients with dignity. 

    CAA Accreditation

    The Master of Science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at DeSales University is an Applicant for Candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

    CAA Accreditation Candidate

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