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Communication Disorders

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Foundations of Communication Disorders

The Post-Baccalaureate Program:

  • Is designed for students who intend to apply to graduate programs in communication disorders, but have completed a major in a different field
  • Is entirely online; travel to SUNY New Paltz is not required. Students must have access to a personal computer with high-speed internet and audio sound capability
  • Includes the coursework most commonly required for admission to communication disorders graduate programs, including the sciences, normal development, disorders, and clinical observation
  • May be started in the summer, fall or spring, and completed in as little as one year (summer session and two academic semesters). Students who prefer to study part-time may take longer to complete the program
  • Is a rigorous program; our goal is for students to be prepared for graduate school. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 to enroll and must earn a grade of 3.0 or better in each course in order to remain in the program
  • The cost of the program includes an application fee, tuition, and college and technology fees. Tuition is equivalent to the current SUNY New Paltz undergraduate per credit rate. Click here for tuition and fee details.

Instructors are easily accessible and advisement is comprehensive, including transcript evaluation, determination of course equivalencies, and planning for admission to graduate school and eventual professional certification. A plan of study is created with the student and revisited each semester, to maximize the student’s continuing success in the program.

How to Apply

Click Here to Download the Application -Instructions are included on the application form, and the link to pay the application fee is at the bottom of the form

There are no deadlines to apply; students are accepted into the next available semester. Only submit the materials requested on the form (personal statement and official transcripts).

Applicants must have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and must have a combined cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8. Students with a lower GPA may petition for acceptance by submitting a letter of explanation with the application form.

Applications are reviewed within two to three weeks after all materials have been received and the fee has been paid.

If you have questions, contact Nina JeckerByrne, Program Coordinator, at or (845) 257-2399.

Course of Study

The Post-BA program includes a minimum of 9 undergraduate-level courses (28 credits) covering the topics required by most graduate programs in speech-language pathology, namely, the acoustic, anatomic and physiologic, linguistic, and psycholinguistic bases of communication; and the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders. Students also obtain the required 25 hours of directed clinical observations, which are presented as part of the online course. Additional undergraduate courses may be recommended to meet the admissions requirements of particular graduate programs or to meet requirements for professional certification (ASHA) and/or teacher certification.

Transfer credit for courses that are determined to be equivalent to the New Paltz courses listed below will be accepted.

Required Courses

(Sample course sequence, subject to change)

Summer Session Offerings
# Title Credits
CMD310 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 4
CMD312 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
CMD417 Audiology 3

Academic Year Offerings
# Title Typical Semester Credits
CMD401 Observations in Communication Disorders Fall 2
CMD306 Language Development Fall 3
CMD302 Phonetics Fall 3
CMD406* Diagnosis in Speech Language Pathology Spring 4
CMD415* Child Language Disorders Spring 3
CMD301* Speech Science Spring 3
*Course has prerequisites

Non-Required Courses (Recommended)

These college-level courses are not part of the Post-BA program, however they are recommended for students preparing for graduate study in communication disorders.

For professional certification:

  • Statistics
  • Biological science (human, animal)
  • Physical science (chemistry, physics)
  • Sign language
  • Two social science courses

For working in the public school system:

  • Sociological & Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Child Psychology and Development

A Message from the Program Advisor

Dear Prospective Students,

We are excited to offer a complete package of prerequisite courses designed to prepare you for graduate study. Our online faculty are experts in their subjects and also serve as faculty in our undergraduate and graduate communication disorders programs. Most have been teaching online courses for many years. Each course is uniquely designed for the subject and allows for flexible schedules. Our program also offers advising to help guide you through all phases of the program including but not limited to registration, course plans, transcript evaluation, and guidance for applying to graduate school. We do not think there is a better program available.

-Dr. Stella Turk, Post-BA Program Advisor