The Communication Sciences and Disorders program seeks to prepare young men and women to work in our onsite clinic their senior year and to prepare them for their graduate school education in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.
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Our onsite clinic in a not only a requirement for our students as part of our major, but it is also a service we provide for the community. Our students work with children and adults with a range of communication difficulties and severity levels. In addition to the on-site clinic, student also have the opportunity to provide speech and language therapy to children at a local elementary school. Student clinicians assess, provide therapy, and interact with families and teaching staff providing experiences similar to a public school speech language pathologist.
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At times I wondered if Biola’s CDS program would be comprable with KU’s larger program. Little did I know that Biola’s curriculum far exceeded KU’s Speech-Language and Hearing standards. After KU faculty members reviewed my syllabi from Biola’s CDS program, they informed me I was able to opt-out of 5 graduate classes! Being able to participate in Biola’s undergraduate clinic prepared me more that I thought it ever would have. Not many undergraduate programs have clinical opportunities. It was wonderful stepping into graduate school having had some clinical hours under my belt as well as the experience of being a clinician. The CDS at Biola prepared me both clinically and academically to enter mid-semester at KU’s program.
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Biola's CSD dept. is finding that ASHA's Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) timeline and Biola's admissions timelines are not lining up as well as we had originally thought. Though a final decision had not been made as to a start date for the new program, it is looking like we will need to push the start date back to Fall 2016.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the field of audiology will grow by 34% between the years 2012 and 2022.
The field of speech language pathology is predicted to grow by 19% between 2012 and 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.