Second Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Bachelor's Bachelor's DegreeSacramento16 months

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.


Please note that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will keep our applications for the CSAD2B program open if students wish to apply for our upcoming cohort with the understanding that the start date is late January 2021. We will update our website with more information as it becomes available.

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.

Cohort IV Schedule

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.


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, Folsom Hall 2316, Sacramento, CA 95819, 916-278-4867.

Wendy La

What Our Alumni Said

“Our professors are so enthusiastic and care about this field. And they cared about us.” 

Wendy La, Second Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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.