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The communication sciences and disorders program at SUNY Plattsburgh provides an academic and clinical professional education for students whose primary goal is to serve children and adults who have impairments of communication. The program has a proud history of preparing qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the field of communication disorders and sciences.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a field other than speech language pathology, we offer a one-year preparatory program that will allow you to apply to the graduate school of your choice.

Speech-Language Pathologists:
  • are professionals concerned with evaluation, treatment, and research in human communication and its disorders;
  • help people learn correct production of speech sounds;
  • assist with developing proper control of the vocal and respiratory systems for correct voice production;
  • evaluate and help people with swallowing disorders;
  • assist people who stutter to increase the amount of fluent speech and to cope with their disorder;
  • assist individuals who have had strokes or suffered other brain trauma relearn language and speech skills;
  • help individuals with dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease) maintain communication skills;
  • assist children and adolescents with language problems, such as understanding and giving directions, answering and asking questions, understanding and using English grammar, using appropriate social language and conveying ideas to others;
  • assist individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, auditory-language processing disorders, attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, language-based literacy disorders, etc. to improve their communication skills.
  • are professionals concerned with evaluation, treatment, and research of the auditory and balance systems;
  • evaluate individuals with hearing loss;
  • evaluate individuals with auditory processing difficulties;
  • fit, program and maintain hearing aids and FM systems;
  • program and maintain implantable devices, including cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids;
  • provide intraoperative monitoring of auditory nerve during head and neck surgery;
  • evaluate individuals with balance disorders;
  • create and implement hearing loss prevention programs;
  • manage newborn hearing screening programs.

What are the entry requirements for a career in the communication sciences?

A sincere interest helping people; personal integrity, self-confidence, dependability and a history of academic success; good oral and written communication skills; and good listening skills. Also, a strong liberal arts focus is recommended at the undergraduate level—typically, students obtain a degree in communication sciences and disorders. Graduate work is necessary for ASHA certification and is the entry degree in most work settings.

Where can I work?

  • Schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, universities, research laboratories, private practice.

What is a typical salary?

  • Starting salary is usually around $45,000 per year.

Will jobs continue to be available?

Occupational Outlook Quarterly stated that much faster than average overall growth is expected for speech-language pathologists and audiologists because of a growing and aging population. Our students never had any difficulty starting a career and the future is still promising!

SUNY Plattsburgh Career Development Center

Our Career Development Center provides services, resources, and programs designed to help students and alumni to better understand the career development process, and to enhance their professional preparation and employability.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about communication sciences and disorders at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact:

Patrick Coppens, Ph.D., Interim Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 222C
Phone: (518) 564-2173
Email: [email protected]

SUNY Plattsburgh
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Sibley Hall 226
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901