» Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) 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 or Communication Disorders.

Application Update: Application for the spring 2019 cohort will open Friday, July 13 and will close on September 15, 2018 11:59 PDT. Please be sure to submit your application and supporting documents in a timely manner. If you have already started the application, you will need to select the term you are applying for (Spring 2019). This option will be available when the application is officially open.

+ - Program at a Glance

  • A cohort model with entry in the spring (January start) and fall (August start)
  • 30-unit program designed to be completed in 10 months
  • Successfully complete 10 courses to receive a Post-Baccalaureate CSD certificate
  • Friday evening and Saturday classes*
  • Ground classes held at Chapman University in Orange, CA

*Students will meet Friday evenings from 5:00-9:30 p.m. with a ½-hour break and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. with a 1-hour break. Students must successfully complete this program in its entirety to receive a certificate. Courses from another institution are non-transferable into this cohort program.

Class Schedule Model – Term 1

Weekend 1 – CSDX 9001

Weekend 2 – CSDX 9002

Weekend 3 – CSDX 9001

Weekend 4 – CSDX 9002

Weekend 5 – CSDX 9001

Weekend 6 – CSDX 9002

Weekend 7 – CSDX 9001

Weekend 8 – CSDX 9002

+ - Post-Bacc CSD Schedule

Spring 2019 Cohort
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

Fall 2018 Cohort
Term 1: August 24, 2018 – October 13, 2018
Term 2: October 26, 2018 – December 15, 2018
Term 3: January 4, 2019 – February 23, 2018
Term 4: March 8, 2019 – April 27, 2019
Term 5: May 10, 2019 – June 29, 2019

Spring 2018 Cohort
Term 1: January 5, 2018 – February 24, 2018
Term 2: March 9, 2018 – April 28, 2018
Term 3: May 11, 2018 – June 30, 2018
Term 4: July 13, 2018 – September 1, 2018
Term 5: September 14, 2018 – November 3, 2018

Fall 2017 Cohort
Term 1: August 25, 2017-October 14, 2017
Term 2: October 27, 2017-December 16, 2017
Term 3: January 5, 2018-February 24, 2018
Term 4: March 9, 2018-April 28, 2018
Term 5: May 11, 2018-June 30, 2018

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.  Each course is 3 units; total of 30 units.

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

To apply, Post-Baccalaureate CSD applicants must submit an application thru Chapman University’s Application Portal.  (note: hyperlink Application Portal with, https://go.chapman.edu/apply/). You must create an account to start an application.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in a field other than Speech Language Pathology or Communication Disorders.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA as recorded on your final bachelor’s degree transcript.*
  • A resume to include documentation of related experience in the field (volunteer or paid).
  • Evidence of observations of an SLP in a therapeutic setting (school, clinic, and/or medical setting).**  Please cite SLP name and location on your resume.
  • Submit an essay expressing your reasons for wanting to join the Post-Baccalaureate CSD Certificate Program.  What are your personal and career goals, and how will this particular program from Chapman University help reach those goals?  Your essay should be double-spaced, size 12 font, and 2-4 pages in length.
  • Two strong letters of recommendation - from an academic and a professional source to describe your academic and professional abilities.  
  • Submit official transcripts from all accredited institutions attended.

    Mail transcripts to:
               Chapman University
               Office of Graduate Admissions
               One University Drive
               Orange, CA 92866
  • In-person interview will occur with selected qualified applicants after review of application and supporting documents.

*GPA eligibility for this program is determined based on your final GPA posted on your bachelor’s degree. Post-bachelor’s degree work will not be considered and will not be calculated into your minimum required GPA for this Post-Bac CSD program.  Minimum GPA requirement for this program is 3.0. Applicants with an undergrad GPA under a 3.0 will not be reviewed.

**Evidence of observation is required for the applicant's benefit, to make an informed decision on their intent to apply to the Post-Baccalaureate CSD Certificate Program.  These observations are independent of Chapman University.  No minimum of observation hours are required. 


Students admitted to the program must receive a "B-" grade or better in each course to continue in the program.  A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the required 30 credits of coursework.  Successful completion of Chapman University's Post-Bac CSD Certificate program does not guarantee admission to Chapman University's Master's Degree Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Application for Chapman's MS program will be required.

+ - Tuition & Fees

  • Post-Bac CSD Certificate Program: $400 per credit @ 30 credits = $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
Annual (part-time) parking fee for the 2018/2019 academic year is $139. You must register your vehicle through Public Safety. After your vehicle is registered, a permit will be mailed to you.

Parking Waiver
If you do not need parking, you must register for a Parking Waiver through Public Safety. Parking is billed to all students and may be reversed when a parking waiver is submitted and approved by the Public Safety office.

Enrollment Deposit
A $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to hold your position in the Post-Baccalaureate CSD Certificate program.  This amount will be credited toward your tuition.

+ - Financing Your Education

Federal Financial Aid is not available for Post-Baccalaureate students enrolled through Extended Education. A FAFSA application is not relevant.

Private loans can be secured for this program. Below are private loans available for Post-Baccalaureate CSD Program.  Please note the disbursement date is the date your disbursement check is mailed to Chapman Univeristy. Delivery times may take 7-10 business days. Disbursements are not directly deposited into your Chapman student account. Please allow ample time for delivery.

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 Parently 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

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.

2018-2019 Post-Bacc CSD Academic Year

TUITION $12,000
PARKING PERMIT (2018-2019) $139/yr
BOOKS $2,100
TOTAL (MAX) $18,339

Loan amounts up to the maximum amount noted above 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 10th 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.

+ - Instructors

Mary Ellen Hood, M.S. CCC-SLP
CSDX-9001 Overview of Communication Disorders
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
CSDX-9002 Phonetics
Ms. Wohlgemuth has a 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
CSDX-9002 Phonetics
CSDX-9003 Intro to Speech Sound Disorders and Phonology
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, M.A., CCC-SLP
CSDX-9003 Intro to Speech Sound/Phonology
Marcy B. Fox earned her MA in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton and is projected to complete her Doctorate in Speech Language Pathology from Loma Linda University, Spring 2018.  She 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, Ms. Fox has worked for El Rancho USD and Los Nietos School District 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, Ms. 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
CSDX-9004 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Swallowing, Hearing
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
CSDX-9005 Introduction to Child Language Acquisition and Development
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.

Katy Peck, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS, CLE, BCS-S
CSDX-9006 Clinical Methods & Procedures
Katy Peck, earned her MA in Speech Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University and her BA degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Michigan State University.  She is currently a Speech and Language Pathologist IV for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, focusing on the complex medical needs of patients ranging in age from high risk infants to young adults.  Katy is also a Pediatric Clinical Consultant for Passy Muir, Inc., providing education in multiple forums, including:  In-services, special event webinars, exhibits, and poster sessions.   Katy is a guest speaker for local and state conferences, national symposia, and internationally broadcasted webinars. She has authored multiple published manuscripts on tracheostomy and dysphagia.Katy is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Certificate of Clinical Competency, American Brain Injury Association, Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), California Children’s Services (CCS Paneled), Certified Lactation Educator, UCSD Extension, Board Certified Specialist, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

Leann Schouten, M.S., CCC-SLP
CSDX-9006 Clinical Methods & Procedures
CSDX-9019 Audiology and Audiometry / Co-taught with Dr. Maria Abramson
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 Rosales, M.S., CCC-SLP
CSDX-9008 Neurology & Neurogenic Disorders
Jennifer 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
CSDX-9019 Audiology and Audiometry / Co-taught with Leann Schouten
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
CSDX-9007 Speech Science
CSDX-9020 Voice and Fluency Disorders
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 PhD 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.

+ - SLPA Certification Training Program

Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate Program

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Chapman University’s Post-Baccalaureate CSD Certificate Program

This additional Certificate Program is only offered to students who have successfully completed Chapman University’s Post Baccalaureate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  

SLPA certification training is a two course program that provides the coursework and the required fieldwork training hours to become a licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA). This program has been approved by the State of California’s Medical Assurance Board which issues the professional license. This professional training program prepares the student to work as a speech-language pathology assistant under the direct supervision of speech language pathologist in a variety of medical, clinical and educational settings.   

The required courses are:  
CSDX 9011: Speech-Language Pathology Foundations for Clinical Practice for Assistants
This course provides foundational information on the practical application of Speech Language Pathology –Assistants (SLP-A ) state licensing Laws and Regulations: scope of practice and ethics; SLP-A supervision requirements; documentation skills; and therapy techniques for speech and language disorders.
Tuition: $400/credit ($1200)

CSDX 9012: Clinical Fieldwork for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

(Minimum of 100 hours of supervised fieldwork)
Students will complete no less than 100 hours of hands-on clinical fieldwork necessary to effectively work as a licensed Speech Language-Pathology Assistant (SLP-A), including clinical documentation, staffing time (i.e. attending IEP meetings, team conferences, staff meetings), lesson planning, and therapy preparation under the supervision of the licensed SLP supervisor.  In addition, three class meetings/lectures are included in this course.  3 CREDITS
Tuition: $400/credit ($1200)

This Program provides and assigns the fieldwork experience for the students.  Supervision is provided by both Chapman University’s fieldwork supervisor and the placement site, who will provide the hands-on supervision.

+ - 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 to be considered for Chapman University’s Post Bac Communication Sciences and Disorders Program.  The GPA recorded on your final bachelor’s degree transcript will be used to determine qualification.  Though each applicant is reviewed holistically, your undergrad GPA will also be evaluated when applying to a master’s program in CSD. We feel it would be a disservice to the applicant if we accept below the requirement because we know that graduate programs in Communication Sciences are very competitive. Courses taken post undergrad will not be calculated into your undergrad GPA. There is no exception to this policy.

Q: Can I work full-time and attend the Post Bac CSD cohort program?
A: The Post Bac CSD cohort meets Fridays 5:00pm – 9:30pm and Saturdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Students may choose to work full-time. The program is intensive, so it’s up to the student to decide if a full-time work schedule and the Post Bac CSD program is manageable.  

Q: I’ve taken a couple of the courses at another university. Can these courses be transferred?
A: No. Our Post Bac 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 as individual courses. These courses are taught in a cohort and all 10 courses must be completed to receive a certificate.  

Q: Can I apply for financial aid?
A: Unfortunately, federal financial aid is not available for post-baccalaureate students enrolled through Extended Education. A FAFSA application is not relevant.  

Q: How can I finance my tuition?
A: Private loans can be secured for this program. Please review the private loan options under the “Financing Your Education” tab above.  

Q: Is the total amount of tuition due in full before the program begins?
A: No.  Our program is divided into 5 terms, 2 courses per term. Students will be registered the month prior to the beginning of each term. Payment for each term is due prior to the start of the term.  

Term 1: CSDX 9001 & CSDX 9002
Term 2: CSDX 9003 & CSDX 9004
Term 3: CSDX 9005 & CSDX 9006
Term 4: CSDX 9007 & CSDX 9008
Term 5: CSDX 9019 & CSDX 9020  

Q: Are GRE scores required?
A: For Chapman University’s Post Bac 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.  When on the application portal, please create an account and begin the “Graduate” Application.  

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

Q: I haven’t attended school in quite some time. I don’t have current connections to provide a recommendation letter from an academic resource.
A: Do you volunteer? Work at a school?  A supervisor who knows your work ethics and/or interest in this program would be an eligible resource.  

Q: After I successfully complete the Post-Bac CSD program with Chapman University, am I guaranteed a spot in the Chapman University CSD master’s program?
A: Unfortunately, no.  The master’s program in CSD at Chapman is a completely separate process. All students must complete an application to the master’s program.  

Q: Will my certificate in Chapman University’s Post Bac CSD program, make me eligible to apply to a master’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program at any university that offers the program?
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.  

Q: What makes this post bac program different from other programs?
A: This is a cohort model and there are no additional admits to the class once it begins. Faculty, in addition to teaching in the program, also have ‘real world’ work experience. This brings an interesting, insightful and helpful perspective to the program. It is an ‘intense’ course of study.  Classes meet on the weekends for 10 months and then you have completed the certificate program. Students are assured of getting classes and finishing the program with the timeframe provided. SLPA training certificate program is also available who complete the Post-Bac CSD certificate program through Chapman University's Crean College of Health & Behavioral Sciences.

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

Q: Who is eligible to take the Speech Language Pathology -Assistant (SLPA) program offered at Chapman University?
A: Students who successfully complete the Post-Baccalaureate CSD certificate program at Chapman University.  

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

Q: I'm still finishing up my undergrad, can I still apply to Chapman's Post-Bac CSD program?
A: Yes, you may apply while finishing your undergrad.  If accepted into the Post-Bac CSD program, you will receive a "conditional approval" until undergrad work is completed and official transcripts are submitted.  All undergrad work needs to be completed prior to the start of the program admitted into.

+ - Contact

(714) 997-6566

Information Sessions

Post-Bac CSD Information Sessions will be held at:

Chapman University Rinker Health Science Campus
9401 Jeronimo Rd.
2nd Floor Room 236
Irvine, CA 92618

Information Session Schedule

At this time, there are no Information Sessions scheduled for this program. We will update when we have the schedule.