» Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), an Extended Education program, is offered through Chapman University's Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. This is an accelerated 10-month program, designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and need to complete the pre-requisites (leveling courses) necessary to apply for a master's degree program in CSD at Chapman University or another institution. This Post-Baccalaureate CSD program is essential for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology, Communication Disorders, or similar.

Application for the spring 2020 cohort is now open. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2019 11:59pm PST.

+ - Program at a Glance

  • A cohort model with entry in the spring and fall (January, August start)
  • 30-unit program; 10 courses completed in 10 months
  • Friday evening and Saturday classes
  • Ground classes held at Chapman University in Orange, CA
  • Students receive a Post-Baccalaureate CSD Certificate upon successful completion

+ - Post-Bacc CSD Schedule

Spring 2020 Cohort (application is open through 9/30/19)
Term 1: January 3, 2020–February 22, 2020
Term 2: March 6, 2020–April 25, 2020
Term 3: May 8, 2020–June 27, 2020
Term 4: July 10, 2020–August 29, 2020
Term 5: September 11, 2020-October 31, 2020

Fall 2019 Cohort (application closed)
Term 1: August 23, 2019–October 12, 2019
Term 2: October 25, 2019–December 14, 2019
Term 3: January 3, 2020–February 22, 2019
Term 4: March 6, 2020–April 25, 2020
Term 5: May 8, 2020–June 27, 2020

Spring 2019 Cohort (in progress)
Term 1: January 4, 2019 – February 23, 2019
Term 2: March 8, 2019 – April 27, 2019
Term 3: May 10, 2019 – June 29, 2019
Term 4: July 12, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Term 5: Sept 13, 2019 – November 2, 2019

A weekend after each term is given off.

+ - Overview of Courses

Overview of the Post-Baccalaureate Communication Sciences & Disorders courses. Two courses will be taught each term.

Term 1
CSDX 9001     Overview of Communication Disorders
CSDX 9002     Phonetics

Term 2
CSDX 9003     Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders and Phonology
CSDX 9004     Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Swallowing, Hearing

Term 3
CSDX 9005     Introduction to Child Language Acquisition and Development
CSDX 9006     Clinical Methods and Procedures

Term 4
CSDX 9007     Speech Science
CSDX 9008     Neurology and Neurogenic Disorders

Term 5
CSDX 9019     Audiology, Audiometry, and (Re)habilitation
CSDX 9020     Voice and Fluency

*Credits are professional development only, specific to Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program and do not carry academic degree credit. A transcript of program courses and credits are obtainable.  

+ - Course Descriptions

CSDX 9001 Overview of Communication Disorders (3 units)
This course provides students with an overview of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders. In this required introductory course, students will gain a foundational knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders. The profession of speech-language pathology and audiology will also be covered. 
 
CSDX 9002 Phonetics (3 units)
This introductory course will provide a basic foundation for the phonetic structure of the English language and its dialects and derivations. The class will provide a practical knowledge for the clinical application of transcription of the international phonetic alphabet.

CSDX 9003 Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders and Phonology (3 units)
This course is an introduction to phonology and its typical development and theories. Instruction will cover the etiology of speech sound disorders including cultural/linguistic diversity factors, speech analysis and the differences between phonemic vs. phonetic disorders.

CSDX 9004 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Swallowing, Hearing (3 units)
This is a foundational course that provides an introduction to the anatomical structures and neurology of the human communication and swallowing system and the physiology of related movement.

CSDX 9005 Introduction to Child Language Acquisition and Development (3 units)
This introduction to language acquisition includes the components of language, (the physical, social and cognitive bases); theories of how language develops and its evolution from infancy through childhood. Specific language impairment and language disorders in pre-schoolers through school-age children will be discussed briefly.

CSDX 9006 Clinical Methods and Procedures (3 units)
An introduction to the processes, settings, and issues involved in clinical practice in speech, hearing, and language disorders.

CSDX 9007 Speech Science (3 units)
This introductory course provides the student with foundational knowledge for the structure and function of neuro-muscular systems used in respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation and the fundamentals of sound production and transmission applied to speech. We will explore the articulatory and acoustic correlates of phonological features. Also, some of the systematic variation in speech sounds that form the basis for phonological structure will be described. An in-depth investigation into the sound system of a language using computer technology will take place.

CSDX 9008 Neurology and Neurogenic Disorders (3 units)
This is an introductory course that provides the foundational information on neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. An overview of neuroanatomy, neurological disorders and their causation will be presented.

CSDX 9019 Audiology, Audiometry, and Aural (Re)habilitation (3 units)
This introductory course will lay the foundation for the study of audiology, audiometrics, and aural rehabilitation. Study of physics of sound, anatomy and physiology of the ear, and measurement of perception of sound and a survey of causes of hearing impairment and habilitation procedures will be covered. Theory and methods of habilitation of hearing-impaired adults and children, including screening and assessment of hearing, (re)habilitation management, speech-reading, and amplification with individual hearing aids and auditory training.

CSDX 9020 Voice and Fluency (3 units)
This introductory course will provide foundational information for voice and fluency disorders. The disorders’ etiology, characteristics, clinical assessment and intervention will be discussed.

+ - Admission

Application Process

Submit an online application. The application portal will instruct on how supporting documents can be submitted.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in field other than Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Communication Disorders, or related field.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA as recorded on your final bachelor’s degree transcript. 3.0 GPA must be met at the time of application submission.*
  • Resume
  • Observation of a SLP in a therapeutic setting (school, clinic, and/or medical setting).** Submit SLP name, location, and brief summary of your experience.
  • An essay to express your reasons to enroll in our Post-Baccalaureate CSD Program. Essay to include your personal and career goals and how will Chapman University’s Post-Bacc CSD program will help reach those goals. Double-spaced, 12 font, and 2-4 pages in length.
  • Two letters of recommendation, from an academic and professional source.
  • Please submit your official final transcript with your undergraduate degree posted. Transcripts can be sent electronically to admtranscript@chapman.edu or mailed to:
    • Chapman University
      Office of Graduate Admissions
      One University Drive
      Orange, CA 92866
  • In-Person interview by invitation only

Enrollment Deposit

Upon admittance, a $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to hold your position in the Post-Baccalaureate CSD Certificate program. This amount will be applied toward tuition.

*GPA eligibility for this program is based on your final GPA posted on your bachelor’s degree. Post-bachelor’s degree work will not be considered and cannot be calculated into your minimum required GPA for this Post-Bacc CSD program. Minimum GPA requirement for this program is 3.0. Applicants with an undergrad GPA under 3.0 will not be reviewed. A 3.0 GPA must be met at the time your application submission. Exceptions cannot be made to this policy.

**SLP observation requirement is for the applicant's benefit; to make an informed decision on their intent to apply to Chapman University’s Post-Baccalaureate CSD Program. No minimum amount of hours are required. SLP signature is not required. These observations are independent of Chapman University.

+ - Tuition & Fees

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Tuition
Post-Bacc CSD Tuition Rate $400/per credit
Post-Bacc CSD Total Tuition $12,000

*Tuition amount is for the Post-Bac CSD Certificate Program only. Books, parking, and personal items are not included in this amount.

Parking Fee
Part-time parking fee for the 2019/2020 academic year $70.

Parking Waiver
Under certain conditions the parking permit fee can be waived, provided a Permit Fee Waiver is submitted by the deadline and approved by Parking Servies. For information visit the Public Safety website.

Enrollment Deposit
A $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to hold your position in the Post-Baccalaureate CSD Certificate program. Upon enrollment of classes, this amount will apply toward tuition.

+ - Financing Your Education

The Post-Baccalaureate CSD Program consists of Extended Education classes, therefore students in this program are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. A FAFSA application is not required for students in this program. These approved private loan options are available to Post-Bacc CSD students.

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan (Undergraduate)

Please note the following when completing your Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan:
  • School: Chapman University Extended Education (Default)
  • Academic Loan Period: Start/End dates of program
  • Anticipated Graduation/Completion: Last day of program
  • Grade Level: Certificate/Continuing Ed
  • Course of Study: Continuing Education
  • Major: Continuing Education
  • Enrollment Status: Full-Time
Sallie Mae Parent Only loan gives a parent or any creditworthy individual another option for financing college expenses for their student. Please visit the Parent Loan website for more details.


Wells Fargo Bank - Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan
Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan Application Disclosure (PDF)

Please note the following when completing your Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan application:

  • School: Chapman University Extended Education (Orange)
  • Program: Career/Technical/Continuing Ed
  • Check box: I am pursuing a degree, license, or multi-course certificate
  • Grade Level: 5th Year Undergraduate
  • Field of Study: Other - Description: Post-Baccalaureate Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Enrollment Status: Full-Time

NOTE: Discover Bank - Discover Student Loan is NOT available to Extended Education students.

HOW MUCH DO I BORROW? To determine a loan amount for your Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan or Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan, noted below are the maximum allowable amounts for expenditures that may be included in your total loan amount. Please note the maximum allowable amounts maybe be more or less than your own personal needs. These are maximum allowable amounts, so you may choose to borrow a loan amount lower than indicated.

2019/2020 Post-Bacc CSD Academic Year

ITEM AMOUNT
TUITION $12,000
2019-2020 P/T PARKING PERMIT $70/yr
BOOKS $2,100
TRANSPORTATION $2,600
PERSONAL $1,500
LOAN FEES $100
TOTAL (MAX) $18,370

Loan amount up to the maximum amount noted will only be certified. Requests for more than the maximum will be adjusted to the maximum amount.

+ - Drop & Withdrawal Policy

The tuition refunding deadlines for the Post-Baccalaureate CSD and SLPA programs differ from the University. Each student is responsible for knowing and understanding these deadlines.

Refund Policy: 100% refund prior to the start of the first class; 80% refund up through the 1st calendar day of the term. No refund after the 10th calendar day. Drops and withdrawals are based term by term.

Enrollment Deposit
Enrollment deposits are non-refundable and are credited toward tuition.

Students admitted to the Post-Bac CSD program must receive a "B-" grade or better in each course to continue in the program.

+ - Post-Bacc CSD Lecturers

Mary Ellen Hood, M.S. CCC-SLP
hood@chapman.edu
Courses: CSDX 9001
Biography
Ms. Hood has an M.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She is the former Executive Director, Clinical Services of the Newport Therapy Center from 1993-2010 where she directed and managed four clinics and personnel in various community settings (clinic, hospital, schools). She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. She has been the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from CASHA-District 8 in 2009. Ms. Hood has a wealth of clinical experiences as well as previous teaching experience in Master’s programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders at other local universities. Ms. Hood has been instrumental in the development of the syllabi and background work for this post-bacc program and will be providing some administrative oversight for this certificate program.

Kathleen Wohlgemuth, M.A., CCC-SLP
wohlgemu@chapman.edu
Course: CSDX 9002
Biography

Ms. Wohlgemuth has an M.A. in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton. She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. Her professional experience includes: member of the brain injury rehabilitation team, panel member–cleft palate team for Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Long Beach. She has worked as a program specialist, speech-language pathologist and DHH coordinator for Anaheim Union High School District. Ms. Wohlgemuth is a part-time faculty/lecturer for California State University, Fullerton’s Department of Human Communication Studies.

Belinda Daughrity, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
bewillia@chapman.edu
Courses: CSDX 9002, CSDX 9003
Biography
Belinda Daughrity earned her M.A. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University and her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Human Development and Psychology from University of California Los Angeles. She is certified and research trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2 (ADOS-2), the gold standard in autism diagnosis and classification. She works as a bilingual speech-language pathologist at Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, Inc. where she specializes in comprehensive evaluations and autism spectrum disorders. She directs the Pre-Social Skills program for children with autism with minimally verbal to phrase level speech, as well as the newly developed augmentative communication social skills program for nonverbal children using a variety of high and low tech communication systems. Dr. Daughrity is a member of the American Speech and Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and regularly presents at conferences.

Marcy B. Fox, SLPD, CCC-SLP
mafox@chapman.edu
Courses: CSDX 9003, CSDX 9006
Marcy B. Fox earned her MA in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton and earned her SLPD in Speech Language Pathology from Loma Linda University, Summer 2018. Dr. Fox is a Speech Language Pathologist for the Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program (WACSEP) providing comprehensive speech and language evaluations for pre-school aged children. She conducts Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and has established relationships between general education and special education teachers, deaf and hard of hearing teachers, occupational therapists and program specialists. Prior to WACSEP, Dr. Fox has worked for El Rancho USD and Los Nietos School Districts providing therapy to preschool thru middle-school aged students in general education, Learning Handicapped classes and Severely Handicapped classes, and students with severe language disorders.In April 2014 and November 2015, Dr. Fox received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE Award). She is a member for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); affiliate of Special Interest Group 1-Language Learning and Education and an affiliate of Special Interest Group 16- School-Based Issues. She is also a member of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA).

Therese Cooper, M.A., CCC-SLP
thcooper@chapman.edu
Courses: CSDX 9004
Mrs. Therese Cooper has an M.A. in Communication Disorders from Whittier College. She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. Her professional experience includes working in the psychiatric center at College Hospital of Cerritos, transitional living center/head injury program/vocational rehab at Casa Colina in Pomona, various skilled nursing facilities and acute hospitals in Orange County, assisted living facilities, and private practice. Her current primary focus is Dysphagia, cognitive deficits, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s and dementia in the geriatric population. She also supervises CFY’s and advanced clinic graduate students. Therese Cooper has a wealth of clinical experience as well as previous teaching experience in Neurology and Neurogenic Disorders, and Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Swallowing and Hearing.

Cindy Wineinger, M.S., CCC-SLP
wineinge@chapman.edu
Course: CSDX 9005
Biography
Ms. Wineinger has a M.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands where she has been teaching upper division and graduate courses in Communication Disorders since 1988. She is also the Executive Director of Academic Networks in Anaheim since 2003. Ms. Wineinger is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. She has various clinical experiences with University of California FOR OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center in Orange, CA; private practice in family-centered therapy home programs for young children with Autism and individual therapy through the Providence Speech and Hearing Center in Orange. She has also supervised graduate and undergraduate clinicians. Ms. Wineinger is also involved in scholarly/professional presentations.

Leann Schouten, ClinScD, CCC-SLP
schouten@chapman.edu
Courses: CSDX-9006, CSDX-9007, CSDX-9019 (Co-taught with Dr. Maria Abramson)
Biography
Leann Schouten is the owner of Jump and Schout Therapy, a multidisciplinary private practice in Brea, CA. Leann is PROMPT certified and has additional training in the areas of apraxia, autism, child language, hearing impairments, Lindamood-Bell LIPS and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Continuing education training has been completed in the areas of auditory processing, Dichotic Interaural Intensity Difference (DIID), Social Thinking, cochlear implants just to name a few. In her practice she provides a multidisciplinary collaboration with occupational therapist, physical therapist, and ABA providers. She earned her MS degree in Communication Disorders from CSU Northridge, and BA degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from CSU Northridge. Leann is currently a Regional Center of Orange County service provider and is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the California Speech Language Association (CSHA), the Autism Society of America (ASA), the Medical Speech-Language Pathology Council of California (MSCC), and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA). In addition, Leann holds a current Nonpublic School Agency (NPA) certification through the state of California.

Jennifer Even, M.S., CCC-SLP
even@chapman.edu
Course: CSDX-9008
Biography
Jennifer Even (Rosales) earned her MS in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Redlands. She is a Certified Speech Language Pathologist with extensive work in a medical center and has a strong emphasis in Aphasia. Skilled in providing evaluations, treatment and alternative methods of communication for voice, speech, fluency, language and/or swallowing disorders. Jennifer has contributed much of her time to specialty areas. She is the Chair of the Collaborate Delivery Council, at St. Jude Medical Center, lead SLP for a weekly aphasia group for adults, lead SLP for a weekly language lab for children, and a lead SLP for a weekly social skills group for children. Jennifer is also an affiliate of the National Aphasia Association and a member of the CSHA District 8 Advisory Committee

Maria Abramson, Au. D., CCC-A, FAAA
mabramso@chapman.edu
Course: CSDX-9019 (Co-taught with Leann Schouten)
Biography
Dr. Abramson has a Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences. She is a licensed and a clinically certified audiologist (CCC-A) with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and with the state of California Board of Medical Quality Assurance. She also is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology. With more than thirty years of experience, Dr. Abramson provides audiologic services to adults and children throughout Orange County. She is also on staff at seven hospitals with extensive experience in hearing assessments for adults. Dr. Abramson has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from CSHA (2001) for Pediatric Hearing Aid Fitting. She is the author of the diagnostic and therapeutic Basic Auditory Training (BAT) Program.

Lisa LaSalle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Lasalle@chapman.edu
Courses: CSDX-9007, CSDX-9020
Biography
Dr. Lisa LaSalle is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with specialty training in stuttering and fluency disorders. She earned her Master’s degree from University of Virginia in 1986 and her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1993. Dr. LaSalle has taught in graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders full-time and as an adjunct professor for twenty years and is currently a full-time Professor at University of Redlands. Her research interests have focused on individuals who stutter, concomitant disorders associated with stuttering and a fluency disorder known as cluttering. Dr. LaSalle has co-authored papers in Journal of Fluency Disorders, Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research and other journals. She is currently mentoring students on a research project aimed at better understanding the relationships between language, phonology, and fluency among normally fluent two- to four-year-olds.

+ - MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program in speech-language pathology at Chapman University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, (800) 498-2071 or (301)296-5700.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares students to become fully credentialed and licensed speech-language pathologists, clinicians and/or supervisors in healthcare and education settings.
This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic and clinical/fieldwork courses providing carefully guided internships each semester. Placements include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, agencies, early intervention programs, and K-12 public schools. Students have both on-site supervisors and university supervisors assigned for each setting.

Through skillful modeling and leadership, and highly individualized instruction, students develop the necessary professional competencies to:

  • Assess and treat persons with developmental or acquired communication disorder, such as stuttering, deafness/hearing loss, cleft palate, articulation disorder, child language disorder, autism spectrum disorder, voice abnormality, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and swallowing disorders;
  • Counsel and support individuals, their spouses, family members, siblings, educators and other professionals on the use of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and other technology to communicate effectively.
    Please visit the MS Communication Sciences and Disorders website for more information.

+ - FAQs

Q: What is the minimum GPA required for the Post-Bacc CSD program?
A: Applicants must have a minimum undergrad GPA of 3.0. This minimum GPA must be met at the time of your application submission. There is no exception to this policy. The GPA recorded on your final bachelor’s degree transcript determines an applicant’s qualification. We feel it would be a disservice to the applicant if we accept below the requirement because graduate programs in Communication Sciences are very competitive. Qualifying GPA will not include post-undergrad grades/coursework.

Q: Can I work full-time and attend the Post Bacc CSD cohort program?
A: Students may choose to work full-time. The program is intensive, so it is up to the student to decide if a full-time work schedule and the Post-Bacc CSD program is manageable.

Q: I have taken a couple of the courses at another university. Can I transfer these courses?
A: No. Our Post-Bacc CSD Program is a cohort program. All students must successfully complete all 10 courses to receive a certificate.

Q: I just need to take one of the courses you offer. How can I register?
A: We do not offer these courses individually.

Q: Is the total amount of tuition due in full before the program begins?
A: No. Our program, structured in five-terms (two courses per term), will register students term by term. Payment for each term is due in full before the term begins. We provide a payment schedule.

Q: Can I apply for financial aid?
A: Federal Financial Aid is not available for Post-Baccalaureate students enrolled through Extended Education.

Q: How can I finance my tuition?
A: Private loan options are available for this program. Please review the “Financing Your Education” tab on our website.

Q: Are GRE scores required?
A: For Chapman University’s Post-Bacc CSD program, GRE scores are not required.

Q: Do I complete the CSDCAS application?
A: No. The CSDCAS application is the application for the master’s program.

Q: On the online application, do I mark part-time or full-time?
A: Full-time.

Q: I have not attended school in quite some time and do not have current connections to provide a recommendation letter from an academic resource.
A: Have you volunteered? On the other hand, have you taken a workshop? A supervisor who knows your academic work ethics and/or interest in this program would be an eligible resource.

Q: Does Chapman University guarantee me spot in the Chapman’s MS CSD program, after I successfully complete the Post-Bacc CSD program with Chapman University?
A: No. Successful completion of the Post-Bacc CSD program, does not guarantee admission into Chapman’s CSD graduate program.

Q: Will my Post-Bacc CSD Certificate from Chapman University, make me eligible to apply to a master’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program at any university?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I apply to graduate school before I finish the program?
A: Yes, you may apply, but consider what will make you a strong contender because graduate programs are highly competitive. This is also dependent upon timing of your completion of the Post-Bacc CSD program.

Q: What makes this Post-Bacc program different from other programs?
A: Faculty have real world experience and bring an interesting, insightful, and helpful perspective to the program. Students can assure enrollment of classes and completion of the program in 10 months. This is cohort style model; students begin and end the program together. Classes are Friday evenings and Saturdays.

Q: How many students per class?
A: Average class size is 25-30.

Q: What is the format of these classes?
A: Lecture model with in-class activities and guest lecturers.

Q: I am almost done with my undergrad coursework. Can I still apply to Chapman's Post-Bacc CSD program?
A: You may apply while finishing your undergrad classes. However, completion of all undergrad coursework is required prior to the start of this program. If admitted into the Post-Bacc CSD program, you will receive a "conditional approval" until official transcripts are received.

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