Program Outcomes

Graduates of the VSU Communication Sciences and Disorders Program will demonstrate the ability to plan effective interventions by:

a) developing setting-appropriate intervention plans;

b) linking objectives to assessment data

c) involving the significant other in the therapy plan where appropriate;

d) choosing materials that are appropriate for the client;

e) utilizing data and supervisory feedback to make therapy plan modifications;

f) applying theory and research to demonstrate evidence-based practices

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program provides numerous opportunities for students to apply and practice knowledge and skills obtained in the classroom to individuals with a variety of communication disorders.  Students begin these experiences in the on-campus speech and hearing clinic during their first semester of graduate study under the close supervision of clinical faculty.


The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is accredited in the area of speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). National accreditation ensures that the program meets specified standards in the areas of administrative structure and governance, faculty and instructional staff, curriculum, students, assessment, and program resources. Students graduating from an accredited program are eligible for state and national certification.

The Speech and Hearing Clinic

The Speech and Hearing Clinic is a community clinic providing services to approximately 250 children and adults with speech, language and hearing disorders on a weekly basis.  Additionally, approximately 1000 individuals are screened each year for speech, language and hearing disorders.  There are eight practicum sites within a few minutes drive of the university in which students participate as a part of the on-campus practicum.  These include public and private schools, day care centers, developmental centers, sheltered workshops and early intervention centers.

There are two off-campus experiences that occur during the final two semesters of graduate study.  The first is a full-time placement in a public school where students gain experience with the unique requirements of that setting.  The second is a full-time placement in a hospital, clinic or rehabilitation agency where students participate in the diagnosis and therapy associated with the communication disorders of adults.