Why Choose Nazareth for Communication Sciences and Disorders?

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.

The speech and language clinic, established more than 50 years ago, gives students a closely supervised, hands-on clinical experience usually found at the graduate level. Graduates of the undergraduate program have a high acceptance rate into graduate programs in speech pathology or audiology. A pre-audiology minor is available for students who wish to pursue audiology at the graduate level. Nazareth also offers an M.S. in speech-language pathology.

Program Highlights

  • Strong academic and clinical preparation for graduate school and employment.
  • Begin coursework in your major during freshmen year.
  • Work weekly with clients who have communication disorders at our on-campus clinics, during your junior or senior year.
  • Opportunity to participate in community service events such as hearing screenings at a Head Start program, language and literacy development programs in local schools, and participate in fundraising events that benefit children with communication needs in the community.
  • Be part of an active student association that presents speakers on campus, participates in the state professional association convention, and builds camaraderie among students in the program.
  • Short-term study abroad option: Learn about deaf education and empowerment in Ethiopia.

Typical Class Schedule

Program Information

Contact Information

Catherine S. Rasmussen

Catherine S. Rasmussen

Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Chairperson in Communication Sciences & Disorders
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 226
Alum of the audiology degree program, speech pathology degree program, speech pathology major

Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Sticht ’08, ’10G

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."

Examples of Employers

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Agencies serving individuals with disabilities
  • Private practice

Internships/Field Experiences

  • BOCES (preschool to adult)
  • Rochester City School District
  • Mary's Place Refugee Outreach Center
  • Norman Howard School
  • Hickok Center for Brain Injury

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Syracuse University
  • University of North Carolina
  • Penn State University
  • Gallaudet University
  • Northeastern University
  • James Madison University
  • Boston College
  • Pittsford (N.Y.) Central Schools
  • Rochester City School District