Communication Sciences and Disorders (A.S.)

The Associate in Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an intensive course of study in the area of speech and language disorders, including supervised field experience in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the Associate in Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program, the graduate is eligible to apply for certification as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant to the New Hampshire Allied Health Speech Language Pathology Governing Board. The program is designed to meet guidelines of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Speech Language Pathology Assistant courses are also available without the Associate in Science degree for those not seeking certification.

If you reside in another state, please check with the appropriate agency to determine if this program meets requirements in that state.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 60 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 16 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program

Major, Option, and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major and General Education areas.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
Math for Our World
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems: PSY 5254
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
Total Credits32

Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C- is required in all Concentration coursework.

Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders
SLA 500Role of the Speech-Language Assistant4
SLA 501Survey of Communication Disorders4
SLA 502Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing4
SLA 503Articulation and Phonological Disorders4
SLA 504Introduction to Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation4
SLA 506Language Acquisition4
SLA 550Clinical Practicum I2
SLA 551Clinical Practicum II2
SLA 552Clinical Practicum III2
SLA 553Clinical Practicum IV2
Total Credits32

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
SLA 500 Role of the Speech-Language Assistant 4
General Education Course 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
SLA 501 Survey of Communication Disorders 4
SLA 502 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing 4
Second Year
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
SLA 503 Articulation and Phonological Disorders 4
SLA 550 Clinical Practicum I 2
SLA 551 Clinical Practicum II 2
General Education Course 4
SLA 504 Introduction to Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation 4
SLA 506 Language Acquisition 4
SLA 552 Clinical Practicum III 2
SLA 553 Clinical Practicum IV 2
General Education Course 4
 Total Credits64

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge, field experience, and core technical skills within the field of speech language pathology assisting.
  • Meet professional standards in keeping with state and national guidelines for competency and ethics.