Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders

More than 40 million people in the United States have some type of communication disorder. The inability to convey one’s thoughts and feelings can take an emotional toll.

More than 40 million people in the United States have some type of communication disorder. The inability to convey one’s thoughts and feelings can take an emotional toll.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

Locked-In Tuition

Locked-In Tuition.

Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.

About the Program

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The field of communication disorders is dedicated to the complexities of and science behind how we communicate – and to the care and treatment of patients, from birth to elderly, who need our help. In our Bachelor of Science in Communications Disorders program, you’ll learn about communication processes such as normal language development, speech sound development, anatomy, physiology, and audiology.

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This pre-professional undergraduate degree prepares you to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. You’ll also be able to seek job opportunities in a variety of medical and treatment centers after completing your undergraduate degree.

Required Hours

Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 16 hours in electives)

Example Coursework

Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology
Language Development and Disorders
Intervention for Speech and Language Disorders in Schools

Upcoming Start Dates

June 29, 2021
August 24, 2021

Common Job Titles

Speech-Language Pathologist*
Child Care Center Manager
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Respiratory Therapist**
*Graduate degree required
**Additional training required

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Beckie Weaver, Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders

Dr. Beckie Weaver is the program director for the online Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. Beckie received her B.A. from Harding University in Speech, her Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Memphis. She has served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Dean of the College of Allied Health at Harding University. Beckie is passionate about Christian education and helping students reach their goal of becoming a certified speech-language pathologist.


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ACU’s online undergraduate programs are intended for non-traditional students interested in gaining a bachelor’s degree in an online modality.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Be out of high school for at least four years OR matriculate from institutions with an articulation agreement with ACU.
  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous academic work.

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.
Students must meet specific program requirements after 45 credit hours to continue into upper division coursework.

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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).

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This degree prepares students with the prerequisites required by graduate programs in order to meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification standards.

Professional Licensing Disclosure for the SLP-Assistant through Abilene Christian University’s CSD Undergraduate Degree.