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What is communication science and disorders?

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program gives you an in-depth study of speech, language, hearing processes, and background orientation about disorders of communication in preparation for a graduate program.

Why CDIS at OSU?

OSU CDIS program in the top 50% of the graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology. All our graduate students receive clinical training that is well grounded in evidence-based practice. Our graduate students’ completion, employment, and Praxis exam pass rates have averaged more than 95% in the past four years. Courses focus primarily on normal communication development, the anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, the acoustics of speech, phonetics, audiology and speech-language disorders.

Career paths

This program prepares you to enter a graduate program in order to pursue certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:

  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Hospital - Acute Care
  • Hospital - Rehab Setting
  • Adult Day Care Facility
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Public School System
  • Home Health Agency
  • Private Practice
  • Long-Term Care Facility


  • Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors have the opportunity to observe therapy sessions and seniors gain clinical experience
  • You can gain research experience in the Phon Farm, Motor Speech Lab, Sociophonetics Lab and the Language Learning Lab
  • Opportunity to take courses in American Sign Language, manually coded English and finger spelling.
  • Opportunity to take courses in Deaf Education and learn about Deaf Culture.
  • Observe how a certified audiologist tests hearing loss in newborn babies as well as in adults.

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