Academic Programs

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The undergraduate program typically requires four academic years. Students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in COSD enter the Waldron College of Health and Human Services (WCHHS) as Pre-COSD majors.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology. Graduate academic coursework and clinical education provide students the opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills outcomes required for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). This nationally recognized professional credential is issued to individuals who present evidence of their ability to provide independent clinical services to persons who have disorders of communication. Applicants for the CCC-SLP must also complete a Clinical Fellowship (CF) and submit a passing score on the ASHA-approved national examination in speech-language pathology.

Top 10 Reasons to Study COSD at Radford University!

1.  Speech-language pathology is ranked 11th in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Health Care Jobs.

2.  You can choose to work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabs, private practices, and schools, across the entire age range (infants through elderly).

3.  We have an on-campus clinic, the Radford University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, serving approximately 70 clients, ages 3-90, every semester.

4.  Our faculty offer opportunities for students to collaborate on research and service projects.

5.  We have a very active student organization, the Radford University local Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association organization to allow students to network, interact with professionals in the field, learn more about the profession, and participate in service projects.

6.  We have 190 clinical externship placement sites across the country.

7.  Our graduate students enjoy a 100% pass rate on the national exam, the Praxis II.

8.  Our graduate students’ employment rate is 100%.

9.  Radford University is the perfect size to allow faculty to get to know their students, provide support outside of the classroom, and engage in additional learning experiences.

10.  The anticipated employment growth for speech-language pathologists between 2021 and 2031 is 21%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.