To understand how children acquire language. To work with children with speech or language difficulties. To understand how people speak, how the inner ear affects balance, and what language means in our lives. Nazareth’s program provides a strong foundation in communication processes and sciences and a grounding in the disorders that can disrupt communication, all of which help students to understand speech, language, hearing, and communication.
Our on-campus speech, language, and hearing clinics give students closely supervised, hands-on clinical experiences usually found only at the graduate level.
Graduates of the undergraduate program have high acceptance rates into graduate programs in speech pathology or audiology.
Education: Ph.D. Communication Disorders/Hearing Impairment, Pennsylvania State University; M.S.Ed. Speech-Language Pathology, Nazareth College; B.A. Political Science, Harding University
Teaching and Research Interests: Cued Speech, spoken language acquisition by children who are deaf or hard of hearing, professional preparation of speech-language pathologists to work with children with cochlear implants. Dr. Rasmussen is a Past President of the National Cued Speech Association, a certified instructor and instructor trainer.
Speech-language pathologist, VA Long Beach Healthcare System
"The pairing of the academic and practicum experiences I had were invaluable; they helped focus where I wanted to be professionally and provided a solid foundation for continued growth post-graduation. The small faculty-to-student ratio allowed strong relationship building with faculty members; as a result, the education I received in the department was truly an individualized experience."