Why Choose an Online Communication Sciences and Disorders Degree?
It is the time to voice, act, and capitalize on your potential. Be the voice that helps those affected by communications disorders.
Students earning a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders study the human communication processes related to speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Students in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at UF will study normal communication across the lifespan, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, and get an overview of disorders related to speech, language, hearing, balance, and swallowing, as well as the clinical treatments associated with these disorders.
The UF Online Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders serves primarily as the stepping-stone to graduate studies in audiology, speech-language pathology and doctoral-level education in research in these areas. This BHS provides the foundation necessary for students planning to pursue clinical graduate education and find a rewarding career in speech-language pathology or audiology. While the majority of students pursue graduate or professional training in a health field (e.g., speech language pathology, audiology, or other doctoral degree programs), our BHS in Communication Sciences and Disorders graduates are also prepared to use their training to work in a variety of settings immediately after earning their BHS degree. Our online bachelors program equips students with the foundational skills necessary for understanding speech, language and hearing processes.
For those interested in a rewarding profession in the healthcare industry, the UF Online Bachelor of Health Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is the place to start. A bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is instrumental and highly valuable to enter graduate and PhD programs in speech and hearing sciences. Students who wish to pursue the opportunity to work with patients who suffer from disorders, such as hearing loss, stuttering, aphasia, childhood apraxia and dyslexia, and lead careers in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics or schools are encouraged to plan for graduate and professional training beyond the BHS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students planning to enter graduate education to be speech-language pathologists or audiologists will be able to work with individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly, who present with difficulties in communication, balance, and swallowing.
Students interested in graduate school in Communication Sciences and Disorders should visit the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences’ master’s program to learn more.
Note on the application process:
- Freshman Applicants: This program is currently in the process of fully transitioning to UF Online. UF Online is only accepting freshman applications at this time. During their first two years, students must complete all general education requirements and prerequisites prior to submitting a secondary application to the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in the spring of their sophomore year. Once students are accepted to the major, they begin major coursework in the fall of their junior year.
- Transfer Applicants: UF Online is only accepting freshman applicants for this major currently. If you have completed (or are in the process of completing an Associate of Arts degree) and are interested in this major, please contact the College of Public Health and Health Professions Advisor, Taylor Price, at 352-294-8476 or visit their admissions page here. Transfer students will need to apply using the UF standard transfer application and should contact the college directly for program specific questions and deadlines. Department applications are accepted in the spring for the following fall semester.
- This program is not designed for individuals who want to earn a second bachelor’s degree. Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another major, but are in need of the prerequisites to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology, may apply to the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences’ online Post-Baccalaureate Program).