The ability to communicate with each other is one of our most precious gifts. Any impairment or disruption of this ability can have far-reaching consequences, affecting many aspects of a person's life throughout all stages of development. Communication disorders can impact a person’s ability to learn, to work, to interact with family, friends, and community. Speech-language pathologists and Audiologists provide medical services to prevent, diagnose, evaluate, and treat communication disorders.
Audiologists are experts in the management of the body’s auditory and balance systems. They specialize in the study of normal and impaired hearing, prevention of hearing loss, identification and assessment of hearing and balance problems, and rehabilitation of persons with hearing and balance disorders. Audiologists can also engage in research and design hearing instruments and testing equipment.
The Communication Disorders (CD) program at Biola University has had great success in recent years preparing students for careers in audiology. Approximately 90% of the students that complete the program are accepted into graduate school, and alumni regularly report that their Biola education prepared them very well for their clinical work experiences.
The Department of Communication Disorders offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders (CD). This major is a pre-professional degree that provides the student with a foundation in normal communication and an understanding of the complexities of communication disorders. Students completing this major are fully prepared for the graduate work necessary for certification and licensure in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.
The overall mission of the department of Communication Disorders at Biola University is to prepare Christian men and women with the proper foundation for graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; so they can one day serve with excellence the millions of people whose lives are affected by various speech, language, hearing, cognitive, and swallowing disorders, problems that touch our sense of humanness. By the end of the program, students will have: (1) a foundational background in the sciences; (2) knowledge of normal communication structures and processes; (3) comprehensive knowledge of various communication disorders; (4) practical experience through observation of professionals in the field and through working in Biola’s Speech & Language clinic during the senior year; (5) a Christian perspective on course content and the fields of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology.
Upon reaching their senior year, students can work in Biola’s on-campus Speech & Language clinic, which is a wonderful distinctive of Biola’s Communication Disorders program. This clinic serves two purposes. First, it is an in-depth and hands-on learning experience for Communication Disorders students. Second, the clinic serves the local community by providing therapy to both children and adults with various communication disorders. Seniors in the CD major have the opportunity to work as student clinicians and put into practice what is being learned in the classroom. Many CD graduates report back in later years that their experiences working in the Speech & Language clinic were invaluable for their performance in graduate school.
Spend some time exploring how Biola University can help you achieve your career goals in speech pathology and audiology!