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  • B.S. in Communication Disorders

    B.S. in Communication Disorders
    Gain academic and real-world experience while working with pediatric and adult populations in Mercy's on-campus Speech and Hearing Center.
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Communication Disorders B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Communication Disorders 48 Credits
Open Electives 12 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Communication Disorders must complete:

  • BHSC 370 Stats Socl/Behv Sciences
  • CMDS 210 Clinical Process I
  • CMDS 215 Clinical Process II
  • CMDS 220 Multiclt Iss Comm Disorders
  • CMDS 240 Phonetics
  • CMDS 256 Anat Speech/Hear Mechnism
  • CMDS 257 Introduction to Audiology
  • CMDS 258 Intro Communication Disorders
  • CMDS 264 Normal Speech/Lang Development
  • CMDS 270 Speech & Hearing Science
  • CMDS 300 Language Disorders
  • CMDS 310 Communication Disorders-Organc
  • CMDS 340 Aural Rehabilitation
  • CMDS 355 Language Science
  • CMDS 450 Diagnostic Methods and Case Studies for the Speech-Language Pathologis
  • CMDS 498 Clinical Process III

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Communication Disorders.

CMDS 397 Independent Study in Communication Disorders
CMDS 295 Special Topics in Communication Disorders

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How can I find out information about the New York City teacher scholarships program to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a critical shortage area?
Visit Teach NYC, click on speech pathology undergraduate.
Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the Master's Degree Program in Communication Disorders?
The Undergraduate Coordinator, Prof. Eileen Hoffman, at (914) 674-7741 or via email at
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
What career options are available in communication disorders?
Schools, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, private practice, health care agencies, and college/university settings. Our students have a 100% success rate in finding employment upon graduation. A free brochure entitled Careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology containing additional information about the profession is available from ASHA.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
How can I get clinical experiences as an undergraduate in CD?
Students will learn about diagnostic testing and treatment techniques in a variety of pediatric and adult communication disorders through both observations and classwork. Some undergraduate students are selected to provide speech and language therapy in the Mercy College Speech and Hearing Center.
What are the speech-language pathology and/or audiology requirements?
Generally, a graduate degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, communication disorders, communication science and disorders or speech and hearing sciences. The degree includes academic coursework and clinical practicum, and culminates in eligibility for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Most states, including New York, require licensure.
Are there CD-related clubs or organizations on campus?
Mercy College has a chapter of the National Student Speech, Language & Hearing Association (NSSLHA) which is the student branch of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association . The Club is centered on educational, social and fundraising activities, and offers students who will enter the field access to a national network. Benefits include attendance opportunities to conventions, lectures, field trips, and meetings.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
What is the CD program's non-discrimination policy? s
The Master's Degree in Communication Disorders program adheres to the Mercy College Non-Discrimination policy. The policy of Mercy College, both historically and currently, is that discrimination against any individual for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or handicap and status as a parent is specifically prohibited. Accordingly, equal access to educational programs, employment opportunities, and all other college activities is extended to all persons, and the College promotes equal opportunity. Information concerning non-discrimination policies, including complaint procedures, may be obtained from the following individuals. • For Students: Deputy Director of PACT. • For Faculty, Administration, and Staff: Director of Human Resources. • For Accessibility Services: Director of ACCESSibility
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, students meet with the undergraduate coordinator Eileen Hoffman ( in the spring of sophomore year to determine eligibility for the program which includes a minimum 2.7 GPA, a grade of "B" or above in ENG 112 and SPCH 110 and completion of 45 credits. Once accepted into the major, you will meet with an advisor from the department each semester who will answer questions about what courses to take and in which sequence.
Helen Buhler Professor, Program Director, Communication Disorders
Eileen Hoffman Lecturer, Communications Disorders
Christine Kosky Associate Professor, Communication Disorders
Shari Berkowitz Associate Professor, Communication Disorders
Kaitlin Brooks Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders Program
Denise Dicristofaro Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders Overview

Want a career that's growing? Speech-language pathology is. What's more, shortages of qualified personnel abound. So now's a great time to consider becoming a Speech Pathologist. And Mercy College's undergraduate Communication Disorders (CD) (same as speech-language pathology/audiology) program is the premier Bachelor of Science (BS) program in the metropolitan New York area. You've come to the right place.

The Master of Science program in Communication Disorders at Mercy College 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 Center has served the community for more than 25 years with comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and therapy for preschoolers, school-aged children, adolescents and adults.

Communication Disorders FAQS

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the Master's Degree Program in Communication Disorders?
The Undergraduate Coordinator, Prof. Eileen Hoffman, at (914) 674-7741 or via email at
What career options are available in communication disorders?
Schools, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, private practice, health care agencies, and college/university settings. Our students have a 100% success rate in finding employment upon graduation. A free brochure entitled Careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology containing additional information about the profession is available from ASHA.
Communication Disorders Program

Communication Disorders Fast Facts

  • Preparation through "learning by doing"
  • Use of Mercy's on-site Speech and Hearing Center
  • Degree comparable to undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology/audiology
  • Option to apply directly to the Mercy MS degree program
Meet Helen Buhler, Program Director, Communication Disorders

Learn about her story and explore Communication Disorders at Mercy College.

Career Opportunities

Careers in Communication Disorders include: speech-language pathologist, audiologist, speech and hearing scientist, language scientist and NYS Education Department Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD). (Note: This certification requires a master's degree in CD and additional academic and clinical experience, workshop attendance in education, and completion of a student teaching experience, prior to application to the New York State Education Department.)


The Undergraduate Program offers a B.S. degree in Communication Disorders (CD). This degree is comparable to an undergraduate degree in speech language pathology/ audiology. Upon completion of the degree, graduates demonstrate proficiencies in speech-language pathology, speech and hearing science and audiology in preparation for graduate study. The major goal of the program is to provide a scientific/clinically based curriculum as preparation for graduate studies. A master's degree is mandatory as entry level into the profession of speech-language pathology (SLP).* As of 2007, the entry level for Audiology is the doctorate degree. In addition to the professions noted above, the CD undergraduate degree is also useful for students continuing their graduate studies in education, special education, and teachers of the deaf and hearing impaired, psychology, social work, and recreational therapy.

Students with a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisite courses can directly apply to the MS degree program. A master's degree is mandatory for entry level into the profession of speech-language pathology. As of 2007, a doctoral degree will be mandatory as entry level for practice in audiology.

Degree Requirements

Students planning to major in Communication Disorders must demonstrate the following: completion of at least 48 credits of the General Education curriculum with a GPA of at least 2.75; a grade of at least B in ENGL 112 or its equivalent; and a grade of at least B in SPCM 110. Students must complete six credits of a foreign language (six credits can be in American Sign Language), BIOL 110 Introduction to Human Biology and one of the following courses (PHYS 110, CHEM 110) as part of their General Education requirements. In addition, students must complete BHSC 370, Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences which is typically taken in senior year.

Proficiency in oral and written communication will be assessed during the student’s first semester. Basic competencies are continuously assessed throughout the student’s tenure as a communication disorders major. Competency in both oral and written communication is required in order to obtain a degree in communication disorders. Students who require additional assistance in oral and written communication skills will be directed to the appropriate sources including courses, the Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation or the Speech and Hearing Center.

Students planning to enter the major must contact the Mercy College Communication Disorders Undergraduate Coordinator at 914-674-7741 for an eligibility interview. All students are assigned to a faculty advisor in Communication Disorders and are required to see the advisor each semester. To maintain satisfactory academic standing as a major, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major. A student who receives a grade below C in any major course will be required to repeat the course. Students may repeat a major course once. Any exceptions to Department guidelines require approval by the department director.

All students who are accepted in the program must present proof of a current physical (within the past year), MMR, PPD, Hepatitis B, and Meningitis immunization. Proof of immunization is to be given prior to enrollment in CMDS 498.

Communication Disorders Objectives

The CD program’s mission is to combine a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation with an introduction to CD theory and clinical experience. We welcome students from all fields of study, from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Through "learning by doing” and with a faculty comprised of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, the program prepares you for graduate study in CD, education, special education, teaching the deaf and hearing impaired, psychology, and social work.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Write and/or orally present concise analysis of research and demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills to enter the field of communication disorders
  • Use quantitative reasoning when collecting and analyzing data, as well as reviewing evidence based research
  • Quantify client behaviors in observation or treatment
  • Formulate clinical documentation using professional terminology, vocabulary and style
  • Include the role of environment/ culture in the development of communication including cultural differences