Why Study Communication Disorders?

Quick Facts

General Education Requirements: 37 – 41 hours
Core Requirements: 54 hours
Electives: 25 – 29 hours
Total: 120 hours

Full Program Requirements

The ability to communicate is influenced by a variety of factors at diverse points across the lifespan. Governors State’s Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders (CDIS) equips students with the foundational knowledge and academic credits needed for entry into the Master’s program to become a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Students receive real-world preparation that includes a state-of-the-art audiology suite and clinical tools such as Master Clinician and SimuCase.

In addition to completing the undergraduate curriculum for a degree in CDIS, students also meet course requirements for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Professional Educator License endorsement in Non-Teaching Speech-Language Pathology, and undergraduate-level content required for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

During didactic coursework undergraduate Communication Disorders students engage in many practical, real-life activities that help them prepare for graduate school.  Once in graduate school, students participate in internal practicum experiences supervised by CDIS faculty and full-time external practicum experiences. 

Reach your career goals.

As a future Speech-Language Pathologist, you will empower clients of all ages through an improved ability to communicate. Employment for speech-language pathologists is expected to grow by 18% over the next decade (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Full Program Requirements

Full Program Requirements

You can find the complete guide to graduation requirements for your degree in our catalog.

Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Our favorable faculty-student ratios ensure lots of individual attention from our dedicated faculty members.

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Cost and Financial Aid

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Scholarships

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All Academic Programs

All Academic Programs

We offer many options for undergraduate degrees and minors, and even several 5-year programs that lead to completion of a Masters degree as well!

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Student Life

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On-campus Residence

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