Advising Manual for Undergraduate Students in Communicative Disorders

 

About the Bachelor's Degree

There are 12 core courses required for the major, constituting 36 units. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders is not a terminal degree. Graduate course work is necessary to obtain a Master of Science degree with or without the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential for employment as a speech-language pathologist. A doctorate in audiology is required for employment as an audiologist. San Francisco State University is one of over 200 universities throughout the country that offers graduate studies in communicative disorders.

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Declaring CD as a Major

Declaring a major is a milestone in a student's academic career. The CD Program is a challenging major. Students who are happy and successful in the CD major are those whose skills, talents, and disposition are a good fit for the Communication Sciences and Disorders field. Before declaring CD as your major, a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required. In addition, we require that you complete the following activities to see if CD is right for you:

1. Download the Undergraduate CD Major Guide and put your initial next to each of the specified activities as you complete it. You must bring this form to meet with a CD advisor to declare the major.

2. Download and carefully read the Essential Functions Guide that describes the essential characteristics necessary for success in the SLP field

After completing both step 1 and 2, if you believe CD is a good fit for you or if you wish to learn more about the CD major, make an appointment with a CD advisor by calling 415.338.1001. Please bring the completed Undergraduate CD Major Guide to the meeting.

Undergraduate students who are entering the program from another major are required to complete a "Change of Major" form, obtained from the Special Education Office. They should make an appointment with an undergraduate adviser in CD to complete the card, have the adviser sign it, and return it to Enrollment Services in ADM 153.

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Advising

Each semester, during advising week, all CD students must have their clinic and course requests approved by their adviser. The student receives two advising sheets, one of which is submitted to the CD clinic office staff. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have seen their adviser. The CD undergraduate advisers are:

Dr. Laura Epstein, 415.338.1058 (lepstein@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Patti Solomon-Rice, 415.338.7652 (psolomon@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Betty Yu, 415.338.3429 (bettyyu@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Marcia Raggio, 415.338.7653 (mraggio@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Teresa Gray, 415.405.3488 (teresag@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Gloria Soto, 415.338.1757 (gsoto@sfsu.edu)

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Criteria for Advancement in the Program

Beginning Fall 2015, in order to advance in the academic sequence, students who begin taking CD major courses must maintain the following:

  1. An overall C average (2.0 GPA) for the program.
  2. Letter grade of C– or better in ALL CD program courses in order to continue in the program.

For students who began taking CD major courses prior to Fall 2015, in order to advance in the academic sequence, she/he must maintain the following:

  1. An overall C average (2.0 GPA) for the program.
  2. Letter grade of C– or better in CD 660, 668, and 651 in the first semester of the CD program in order to continue in the program.

Students who do not meet these criteria cannot take ANY other CD courses. They must re-take the courses in which they received grades below C– the next time they are offered before taking additional CD courses.

"An undergraduate student who has received a grade of C or higher, or a grade of CR, may not repeat a course unless the course is described in the Bulletin as repeatable for credit. An undergraduate student who has received a grade in a course that is lower than C, including AU, IC, RD, RP, W, and WU, may repeat that course only once more"(SF State Academic Policies)

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Description of Courses

The undergraduate program in Communicative Disorders is designed to provide students with the prerequisite knowledge necessary for taking graduate courses and clinics leading to the completion of a master’s degree and the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in speech-language pathology or the doctoral degree in audiology. The undergraduate courses can be used to fulfill American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) requirements in the area of Basic Human Communication and Swallowing Processes. Each semester students are responsible for meeting with an academic advisor. Students can sign up for an appointment with the CD Office. Students with freshman or sophomore status are not eligible to take undergraduate CD courses.

It is strongly recommended that students complete 25 observation hours. Observations may take place: (1) within the on-campus CD Clinic; (2) at off-campus sites; and (3) by observing videotaped sessions of nationally recognized master clinicians. Undergraduate students with senior status, at least a B overall grade point average, and permission from the CD Clinic Coordinator may enroll for a clinical experience as a clinical assistant (CD 711). In some situations, the students assist a graduate student in therapy and can acquire clinical hours. Clinical assistants have direct contact with a child, adolescent or adult who has a communicative disorder when it is deemed appropriate by the supervisor. A maximum of 10 hours of clinical clock hours may be completed and will be applied toward ASHA clinical clock hours requirement if the student has the primary responsibility for the session or portion of the session.

All undergraduate students are required to complete 15 clock hours in audiological assessment (e.g., pure tone and bone conduction hearing testing) as part of CD 654 Audiometry.

Details about the courses below can be found in the university course bulletin, which provides descriptions of the courses and specifies their prerequisites, units, and latest offerings.

  • CD651 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • CD652 Audiology
  • CD653 Fluency and Voice Disorders
  • CD654 Audiometry
  • CD656 Diagnosis of Communicative Disorders
  • CD658 Communication Development and Disorders
  • CD659 Articulatory and Phonological Disorders
  • CD660 Communicative Disorders
  • CD661 Neurolinguistics
  • CD663 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • CD668 Language Acquisition and Development (GWAR)
  • CD664 Clinical Phonetics

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Required courses in biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) standards require that applicants for certification must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences. Students are expected to meet these requirements at the undergraduate level. Starting in Fall 2016, students must complete courses in these four areas before taking courses in the CD major:

  1. A course in biological sciences (A course in one of the following area will be required: biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science.)
  2. A course in physical sciences (A course in Physics or Chemistry will be required. At SFSU, Physics can be fulfilled by PHYS 101 and Chemistry can fulfilled by CHEM 101.)
  3. A Statistics course (At SFSU, this requirement can be fulfilled by MATH 124, PSY 171, or ISED 160.) (CSU Northridge also offers an online Introductory Statistics course – MATH 140 – which is open to eligible SFSU students. For more information, please visithttp://groups.csuprojects.org/online-fall2013)
  4. A course in social/behavioral sciences (A course in one of the following area will be required: psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.)

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General Education Upper Division Requirements

 

In addition to the required major courses listed above, you must also complete the Complementary Studies Requirement, and this can be done during your junior and senior years. From the SFSU Bulletin, 2014-2015: http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/sfstatebulletin/programs/gce/speciale#500303:

  • It is recommended that CD students meet the Complementary Studies requirement by completing a minor in Special Education.  Contact the Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders in BH 156 for an appointment with a minor advisor.
  • Here is the link to the SPED minor, from the SFSU Bulletin, 2014-2015: http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/sfstatebulletin/programs/gce/speciale#501534

In addition to the Complementary Study Requirement, students must also meet the Upper Division General Education Requirements, which consist of the Domains of Knowledge Requirement and the Overlay Requirement. From the SFSU Bulletin, 2014-2015:  http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/sfstatebulletin/undergraduate_education/geud/General_Education_Upper_Division

  • Students must complete the equivalent of one 3-unit course in each of the three Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C) and Social Sciences (UD-D).
  • Overlay courses fulfill graduation requirements, but do not have specific unit requirements. They are meant to ensure that students take at least one course in areas that the campus feels are important to graduates of our university. There are four overlay requirements that students must meet: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ). Overlay requirements that are met in the upper division GE courses listed below are indicated after the course title.
  • See this link for courses that have been approved to meet the Domains of Knowledge and the overlay requirements (immediately above):  http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/sfstatebulletin/undergraduate_education/geud/General_Education_Upper_Division
    • Choose 3 or more courses from the list at the link above, making sure that together they cover UD-B, UD-C, and UD-D.  Also, make sure that among these three courses or others that you are taking or plan to take, they cover each of the four overlay requirements.  
    • SPED Minor courses CD 300, SPED 330, SPED 370, and SPED 688 all meet the UD-D requirement

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Course Sequence

In order to facilitate completion of the CD degree and university undergraduate requirements within the shortest amount of time, a yearly schedule was created (see below). Every attempt will be made to offer courses in designated semesters. Whenever possible, class times will be held constant. If changes in times are necessary, they will be made in a way that minimizes class conflicts.

Year 1: Fall Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
CD 651 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism     3
CD 660 Communicative Disorders     3
CD 668 Language Acquisition and Development     3

Complementary Study

Requirement

Met by Minor, Second Major, or 12 UD units outside of major

Recommended: Education Minor

3
UD GE Elective(s)

Fulfill the General Education (GE) requirements for one or more 
Domains of Knowledge and Overlays. 

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C)
    and/or Social Sciences (UD-D)
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental 
    Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ).
3
  Total Units     15

 

Year 1: Spring Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
CD 661 Neurolinguistics (Prereq: CD 651, 660, 668)     3
CD 664 Clinical Phonetics (Prereq: CD 651, 660, 668)     3
CD 658 Communication Development Disorders (Prereq: CD 651, 660, 668)     3

Complementary Study

Requirement

Met by Minor, Second Major, or 12 UD units outside of major

Recommended: Education Minor

3
UD GE Elective(s)

Fulfill the General Education (GE) requirements for one or more
Domains of Knowledge and Overlays. 

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C)
    and/or Social Sciences (UD-D)
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental 
    Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ).
3+
  Total Units     15+

 

Year 2: Fall Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
CD 652 Audiology (Prereq: CD 661, 664, 658) 3
CD 656 Diagnosis of Communication Disorders (Prereq: CD 661, 664, 658) 3
CD 659 Articulatory & Phonological Disorders (Prereq: CD 661, 664, 658) 3
CD 711 Clinic Aide (Optional) 1

Complementary Study

Requirement

Met by Minor, Second Major, or 12 UD units outside of major

Recommended: Education Minor

3
GE Elective

Fulfill the General Education (GE) requirements for one or more 
Domains of Knowledge and Overlays. 

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C)
    and/or Social Sciences (UD-D)
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental 
    Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ).
3
  Total Units     15-16

 

Year 2: Spring Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
CD 654 
+ 680
Audiometry (Prereq: CD 652, 656, 659)
Practicum in Communication Therapy
3
2
CD 653 Fluency and Voice Disorders (Prereq: CD 652, 656, 659) 3
CD 663 Augmentative & Alternative Communication (Prereq: CD 652, 656, 659) 3
CD 711 Clinic Aide (Optional) (1)

Complementary Study

Requirement

Met by Minor, Second Major, or 12 UD units outside of major

Recommended: Education Minor

(3)
UD GE Elective

If needed, fulfill the General Education (GE) requirements for one or more 
Domains of Knowledge and Overlays. 

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C)
    and/or Social Sciences (UD-D)
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental 
    Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ).
(3)
        11-18

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Serving as a Clinic Aide

An undergraduate CD major can apply to be a Clinic Aide for 1 unit credit (CD 711). You must have completed 6 CD courses/18 units with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in those courses in order to be eligible to be a Student Clinic Assistant/Aide. You will need to obtain an add permit number from the Program Coordinator or CD Clinic/Office/Program Manager. Download the Clinic Aide Responsibilities Guide to learn more about about the expectations for Clinic Aides. Serving as a Clinic Aide can offer you a valuable experience in the clinical context. If you plan to go on to graduate studies in speech-language pathology or audiology, you can also get a head start on accruing clinical observation hours, which is not required at the undergraduate level, but is required for ASHA certification at the graduate level.

If you wish to become a Clinic Aide, you must submit a Clinic Request Form one semester in advance. Announcements will be made when request forms become available. The deadlines for submitting request forms are announced in the CD Program Calendar.

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Graduation Requirements

Undergraduates enter the program in their junior year, usually after having completed all or most of the general education requirements. Students who have questions regarding general education requirements should contact a general education adviser in the Advising Center. All undergraduate students must complete 120 units to graduate from the university. Undergraduate students with senior status may (on advisement and permission of the instructor) enroll in a maximum of 6 units of CD graduate coursework, beyond the 120 units required for graduation in their last semester. 

Candidates for baccalaureate degrees must file a graduation application with the Registrar's Office before the end of the fourth week of instruction of the semester in which they expect to complete graduation requirements. Students must consult with their advisers and do 2 things before they submit the application for graduation:

  • Complete a CD Program Senior Survey https://sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6zIJRU9NuS09Hfv
  • Also complete the SFSU Exit Survey at https://sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_74frUqdp1oK2MfP
  • Fill out the SFSU Graduation Application Form. This form can be found at the end of the SFSU Exit Survey (see above).
  • Download and fill out the CD Bachelor of Arts Verification Form (click to download)
  • Bring 1) the completed Graduation Application Form, 2) the CD Bachelor of Arts Verification Form, and 3) a current transcript to a CD Academic Advisor for their approval and signature (Drs. Epstein, Gray, Raggio, Solomon-Rice, Soto, or Yu). 
  • Submit the signed Graduation Application Form to Student Services Building One-Stop Desk by Feb 16, 2018.
  • The graduation fee must be paid at the time the application is submitted. If a student has elected to complete a double major or an official minor, separate applications must be completed and filed simultaneously although no additional fee is required.

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Applying to the Graduate Program

Undergraduates are encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program in Communicative Disorders at SFSU. Acceptance into the graduate program is competitive due to the significant number of qualified applicants than spaces available. Because the undergraduate courses closely follow ASHA requirements for human communication processes and professional coursework, the undergraduate program at SFSU meets the undergraduate academic requirements of other ASHA accredited training CD programs. Students are encouraged to apply to more than one program. A searchable database of audiology and speech-language pathology programs that are ASHA approved can be found at http://www.asha.org/edfind/. There you can find a detailed description of different audiology and speech-language pathology programs around the country. 

Applicants for the master’s degree program at SFSU must complete two application forms: one for the University and one for the Department of Special Education. Both application forms can be found at http://gcoe.sfsu.edu/admission/communicative-disorders-ms-speech-language-pathology-ms-admissions. Information on University applications and deadlines should be addressed to the Admissions Office. Information on Program applications and deadlines should be addressed to the Student Services Admissions Office (415.338.6901). Students are admitted only for fall semester.

Applying to grad school can be a daunting task! Each university has its own requirements, deadlines and specifications for how applications must be prepared and submitted. The SFSU NSSLHA wrote a very helpful guide for students by students about appplying to graduate programs in Communicative Disorders. Please see http://comdis.sfsu.edu/applygrad.