Pre-Communication Disorders

Lesli Cleveland, PhD, CCC-SLP, Chair
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310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Box B Spokane, WA 99202

Program Description

Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than communication sciences and disorders can apply for the graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Eastern Washington University upon completion of a year of prerequisite courses. These prerequisite courses are intended to prepare the individual for the rigors of graduate study in the discipline. As the graduate program typically takes two years to complete, an individual having a baccalaureate degree in a different discipline can earn the master’s degree within three years. A minimum GPA >3.00 is required for admission to the post-baccalaureate program. Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement, complete a department application and pay an application fee.

The individual would take the courses listed below during the first year of study (it is strongly suggested that the candidate apply for fall admission into the post-baccalaureate program). As the individual is taking the prerequisite courses, he/she would apply for graduate study by January 5 of the current academic year. If accepted to the graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the student would complete the remaining prerequisite requirements and then enroll in graduate study in the fall term immediately following completion of the prerequisite requirements. In addition, students must complete coursework reflecting knowledge in the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics and the social/behavioral sciences prior to beginning the program. Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences. Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry. Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, gerontology, anthropology or public health. Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement.

It should be noted that the Communication Sciences and Disorders program operates on a semester-based academic schedule whereas the majority of the university operates on a quarter-based schedule. If the student has deficiencies in his/her academic preparation that are not related specifically to the major, those deficiencies will have to be taken during the summer when there will be no conflict between the Communication Sciences and Disorders semester-based schedule and the university’s quarter-based schedule.

Pre-communication disorders students must contact the program advisor or program coordinator BEFORE starting the application process. The application process must be completed by the end of June prior to the fall semester in which the student plans to matriculate.

Pre-Professional Program Requirements

Courses reflect semester credits.  

Fall Semester
CMSD 304SPHONETICS3
CMSD 321SANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH PRODUCTION3
CMSD 331SLANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT3
CMSD 371SHEARING AND HEARING DISORDERS3
CMSD 422SNEUROANATOMY3
CMSD 473SAURAL REHABILITATION3
Spring Semester
CMSD 320SSPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES3
CMSD 357SLANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT3
CMSD 358SSPEECH SOUND DISORDERS3
CMSD 372SAUDIOMETRY3
CMSD 461SCLINICAL METHODS2
Total Credits32


Pre-Professional Programs

Eastern Washington University offers students the opportunity to earn substantial amounts of coursework toward the requirements of a number of specific professions.
Although the following Pre-Professional programs have been offered for several years by EWU, this listing is not exclusive; students who are interested in a profession not represented (below) are encouraged to contact the Center for Academic Advising & Retention (CAAR) for assistance in identifying departments or programs which can offer coursework and advice as regards alternative Pre-Professional studies.

Pre-Communication Disorders (post-baccalaureate)
Pre-Dentistry and Pre-Medicine
Pre-Engineering
Pre-Law
Pre-Pharmacy
Pre-Veterinary Medicine