Second Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Second Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders*

*Note: Name changed in 2016. Program was previously known as the Second Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology.


This bachelor’s degree program can serve as a launching pad for a career in Communication Sciences and Disorders and delivers broad general education including courses in communication and language, anatomy and physiology, and health services for children and adults.


  • Accelerated 16 month, full-time program
  • Courses taught by knowledgeable and skilled faculty with diverse clinical backgrounds and expertise in speech pathology
  • Cohort based learning which facilitates student learning, sharing of experiences, and development of long-term professional relationships


The program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Speech Pathology and Audiology or Communication Disorders. The 16 month format is ideal for those that wish to make a career change.

Students who successfully complete the 46 unit program are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and are also eligible to apply for California SLPA licensure.


Participants will complete 46 units in lecture, laboratory and clinical coursework.

Courses are offered as face-to-face instruction at the Sacramento State campus. Students will complete lab/skills and clinical courses utilizing face-to-face traditional teaching strategies for skills labs and direct-client contact experiences.

Upon completion of the program, participants will earn a Bachelor of Science and be eligible to apply for California Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Licensure. Graduates may also apply to Sacramento State’s Master of Science in Speech Pathology program, or any other Speech Pathology or Communication Disorders program for which this equivalency is accepted.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses must be completed before enrolling in major coursework. These courses may be taken at another university, at a community college, or through the College of Continuing Education (if available) if the catalog descriptions are similar. The following prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Fall 2018 with a minimum grade of C- or better.

  • A Course in Introduction to Psychology 
  • A Course in Human Development Across The Lifespan 
  • A Course in Introduction to Statistics 
  • A Course in Sign Language 
  • A Course in Physical Science 
  • A Course in Biological Science

Note: It is strongly recommended that students have completed a course in physics and/or chemistry as they may be required later on when applying to a Master’s program.

For course approval, please email the program coordinator with the following information: name of institution, course number, course title, course description, and date completed. If course is approved, please print a copy of the email and include with your application.

The following prerequisite course is offered through the College of Continuing Education:

ASL 1 – Online Only


Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential.  Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check.  Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements.  The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.  Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from Robert Pieretti, 6000 J Street, Shasta Hall Room 172, Sacramento, CA 95819, 916-278-6913.

Course Listing

Communication Sciences and Disorders Courses

Registration in this program is open to admitted students only. Students not seeking the 30 unit minimum will be offered enrollment on a space-available basis.