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Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders

Become a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist

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Prepare for a meaningful career in helping people with communication disorders.

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Flexible, online classes make it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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Get up to 100% of tuition covered with the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.*

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Do you have a passion for helping others? The Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders program at NMSU Global Campus prepares you to become a skilled and compassionate speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

In this program, you’ll build a strong foundation for professional practice in speech-language pathology and audiology through the study of communication development and disorders and the clinical management of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders.

Communication Disorders majors are highly sought after in the 21st century job market. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked speech-language pathologists #3 in Best Health Care Jobs with a median salary of $80,480. Audiologists ranked #22 in Best Health Care Jobs with a median salary of $81,030.

With this degree, you can seek employment opportunities within settings such as school systems, community clinics, medical centers, hospitals, private practice, residential programs, and schools for individuals with disabilities.

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Career Pathways

With a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders, you will be well prepared for the workforce, as well as for advanced study in speech-language pathology and audiology graduate programs.

Our graduates have been hired by leading employers in New Mexico and nationwide, including community clinics, early intervention programs, hospitals, public school districts, and skilled nursing facilities. Your possible future career paths may include:

  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Speech-Language Pathologist (requires master’s degree)
  • Audiologist (requires clinical doctorate degree)
  • Health Care Administration
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“As an 18 year old, I found NMSU to be one of the most inviting campuses — rich in student life yet equally involved in academics. As a 36 year old, I am looking forward to coming full circle with NMSU and graduating as an Aggie forever.”

Stephanie M., Class of 2024

As a communication disorders major at NMSU Global Campus, you are offered many advantages:

  • Enjoy maximum flexibility while gaining a solid foundation in the communication sciences and disorders that prepares you to work with individuals across the lifespan.
  • Learn from nationally recognized experts in the field.
  • With a low student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll interact regularly with faculty in this online program.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in student organizations remotely.

Program Credits: 120 credits
Cost Per Credit Hour: $395.40**
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250
College: Health, Education, and Social Transformation

The BS in Communication Disorders program consists of 120 credits. To earn this degree, you need to complete all University degree requirements, which include General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits, with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above.

Sample Courses Credits
SPHS 2110: Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
SPHS 4510: Phonetics 3
SPHS 4520: Audiology 3
SPHS 4810: Clinical Methods and Procedures 3
SPHS 4820: Neural Bases of Communication Disorders 3
SPHS 4830: Aural Rehabilitation 3
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Developmental coursework will not count toward the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

Contact Financial Aid
Phone: 1-888-729-6678
Email: onlineFA@nmsu.edu 

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**For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.