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JU now offering prep courses for Masters in Speech Pathology

Now offered at JU:

Preparatory Undergraduate Courses

For the Master’s degree in

Speech-Language Pathology

In the

New JU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Health Sciences 

Considering a career in Speech-Language Pathology? A master’s degree in speech pathology is generally required to become a speech-language pathologist. Speech-language pathologists work in schools, hospitals and private health offices and diagnose, treat and prevent a variety of communication, speech and language disorders.

Jacksonville University is NOW offering the prerequisite courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders. These prerequisite courses are needed for students to meet the general course requirements prior to application to a master’s program in speech-language pathology.

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field that is not in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology or the equivalent must complete these prerequisite courses before they begin graduate work in Speech-Language Pathology, regardless of the institution they attend for graduate school.

Dr. Christine Sapienza

(Note: Jacksonville University is seeking accreditation with the Council on Academic Accreditation to begin a graduate program in speech-language pathology. National leader Dr. Christine Sapienza, chair for the past eight years of the University of Florida’s highly ranked department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, starts July 1 as associate dean of JU’s College of Health Sciences and will build its speech pathology programs.)

The undergraduate JU courses will combine face-to-face interaction with faculty and distance-learning modules starting this fall semester 2013. The department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers interested students the courses below.

For more information, visit http://www.ju.edu/COHS/Pages/Masters-in-speech-pathology.aspx or call (904) 256-7281.



CSD 200 Phonetics (3 cr). This course provides intensive training in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet for transcribing American English in typical and disordered speech.

Learn the International Phonetic Alphabet, which was designed to represent only those qualities of speech that are distinctive in oral language and used to represent additional qualities of speech associated with speech disorders.

CSD 201 Speech and Language Development (3 cr). This course provides an overview of typical speech and language development.  This information provides a basis for understanding atypical development, delays, and disorders of speech and language in children.

Knowledge acquired provides a basis for understanding atypical development, delays, and disorders of speech and language in children. Discover the nature of how speech and language develop and the impact of learning on their development.

CSD 202 Intro to Speech Production Disorders (3 cr).  This course covers speech production disorders: articulation, motor speech, resonation, voice and dysfluency. 

Learn about the impact that diseases have on speaking, using language and communication.

CSD 300 Neuroanatomy (3 cr). This course defines the structures and functions of the human nervous system and the neurological processes involved in central and peripheral neurological disorders. Examine the central and peripheral nervous systems that support speech, language and communication.

CSD 301 Speech Anatomy & Physiology (3 cr). This course introduces elementary anatomy, physiology and neurophysiology of the speech production mechanism.

Study the structure of the oral, laryngeal and respiratory systems for production of sounds, swallowing and breathing.

CSD 400 Clinical Observation (1 cr). This course will serve to manage and track student observation hours that were completed with certified speech-language pathologists engaged in assessment and treatment of patients at clinical observation sites.

It is anticipated that students enrolled in the JU undergraduate hybrid courses will be required to be present in lecture on the JU campus approximately 4-6 sessions during the fall semester. The remaining course instruction will be delivered via JU’s Blackboard platform. Therefore, course instruction will be a combination of traditional classroom lecture integrated with the electronic platform. We look forward to having you in our classes!