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Hands-On Experiences. Expert Faculty. Clinical Opportunities.

In support of Radford University’s commitment to providing students a transformative educational experience within a community of inclusivity and empowerment, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to cultivating excellence in student-centered learning and engagement. We foster innovative faculty-student collaborations and a supportive environment to inspire student success through a shared vision of inclusiveness and service within the campus community and beyond. Learn more about the Department of Communication and Sciences and Disorders.

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Preparing Students for Academic and Career Success


100% Exam Pass Rate

The 3 year average for the pass rate of the Praxis Examination is 100%.


Program Completion

The 3 year average program completion rate is 98%.

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Check out the top 10 reasons why studying in the COSD program is a great choice for your future!



The 3 year average for employment rate for graduates is 100%.

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COSD News and Announcements

  1. Artis Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity named as project moves forward »


    At a special ceremony held on May 25, 2021, Radford University administrators and supporters officially broke ground on the Artis Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity, a state-of-the-art complex that will serve as a blended teaching and learning space for the arts and health sciences.

  2. Graduate Program Open House »


    Join us for a COSD Graduate Program Open House Event March 26th 12-2pm. Learn more about our Master's of Speech-Language Pathology. Please RSVP to Dr. Diane Millar at by March 25th to receive your Zoom link.

  3. Waldron College of Health and Human Services Virtual Information Sessions »


    Join the Waldron College of Health and Human Services at Radford University for a virtual information session especially for admitted students on Thursday, March 11 at 5 PM or Thursday, April 8 at 5 PM. Hear directly from faculty and students from Communication Sciences and Disorders and Social Work about our innovative courses as well as post-graduate career and graduate school options!  

  4. Remember to apply for scholarships »


    The deadline to apply for foundation scholarships is February 5th. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! For more information and to apply visit:

  5. Drop-In Q&A Session »


    Need help navigating the application process? Please join us for a drop-in question and answer session Monday, December 7, 2020 10 am- 12 pm. 

  6. Graduate Program Virtual Open House »


    Join us for a Graduate Program Virtual Open House on Monday, October 19 from 1-2 pm! Learn more about our master's program in Speech-Language Pathology. Please RSVP to Dr. Lauren Flora at by October 16 to receive
    your Zoom link.

  7. Waldron College Student Ambassadors for COSD »


    Congratulations to our 2020-2021 COSD Student Ambassadors!
    Bettina Comparativo
    Kristen Price
    Ellie Andorf

  8. Waldron College Interprofessional Education and Practice Symposium »


    The Fall 2020 Waldron College Interprofessional Education and Practice Symposium will take place virtually on October 16th, 2020.  Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work students will participate.

  9. NSSLHA 2020-2021 Officers »


    Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Radford University NSSLHA officers!
    President: Joshua Tuggle
    Vice President: Laken Lucas
    Secretary: Hannah Martin
    Treasurer: Gracen Baliles
    Fundraising Coordinator: Sydney Covey

  10. Graduate & Professional School Fair »


    The Center for Career and Talent  Development is holding a virtual fair Monday, October 5, 2020 and COSD will be attending! Register through Handshake to schedule an appointment with our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Lauren Flora. 

  11. Application Process Open »


    We are currently accepting applications for our graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Apply now! 

  12. NSSLHA Elections »


    NSSLHA will hold elections for 2020-2021 officers at the end of August! 


  13. Graduate Student Orientation »


    Graduate student orientation will take place on July 30th and 31st on Zoom. Be on the look out for an email with a Zoom link!

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Nivardo Loya Villalobos is the 2021 James E. Nicely Scholarship recipient!


Nivardo Loya Villalobos '22

Nivardo is a rising 2nd year graduate student in the communication sciences and disorders (COSD) master’s program. He grew up in Rappahannock County, Virginia and received his bachelor’s degree in COSD from the University of Virginia. Nivardo is the 2021 recipient of the James E. Nicely Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. James E. Nicely is a Professor Emeritus of Communications Sciences and Disorders and when notified Nivardo was this year's recipient he said:

“Congratulations and best wishes to Nivardo being named this year’s recipient of my scholarship. It was established in 2018 to assist COSD graduate students in their educational and research endeavors. I am delighted to know that another person will soon be making contributions to the field of speech pathology and that my scholarship played a minor role. “

After graduation, Nivardo hopes to work in a medical setting and is interested in working with individuals with traumatic brain injury, aphasia, dysphagia, and neurocognitive disorders. He feels the most fulfilling thing about a career in speech-language pathology is working with clients and making their day better by making them laugh or smile. He is also interested in vocal paralysis research and would like to research this area further as a clinician. In his free time, Nivardo likes to workout at the gym and learn about investing and business pursuits. In the next 5-10 years he sees himself working in a hospital and possibly starting a private practice in northern Virginia. 

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Alumna and Adjunct Instructor Amy Kageals earns Doctorate of Health Sciences!


Amy Kageals

Amy received her associate’s degree from Virginia Western Community College. She studied communication sciences and disorders at James Madison University (bachelor’s degree) and earned her master’s degree from Radford University in 2000. She recently earned a Doctorate of Health Sciences with a concentration in healthcare leadership through Radford University Carilion (2020).  She has worked as an SLP in many settings including the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), pediatric floor, early intervention, outpatient, radiology, craniofacial clinic, feeding clinic, and well born nursery. She has a specialty in pediatric dysphagia and was asked to co-teach the graduate dysphagia course with Terri Shelor in the Spring 2021 semester. Amy said she loved working one on one with the students during their final oral exam and looks forward to engaging with students more in-person in the future. She is currently a director at Carilion Children’s supporting the pediatric primary care sites, the child development clinic, the pediatric behavioral health department, ambulatory social workers, and the pediatric inpatient and outpatient therapy teams. She is an advocate for student learning. She has had many students shadow her in the NICU and has supported student externships within her leadership role at Carilion Children’s. She also is an instructor at Virginia Tech Carilion and supports medical students/residents and provides lectures.  She has a fabulous husband, 2 kids (14-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son) and 3 dogs. In her free time, she loves Zumba and outdoor activities.

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