Program director
Terry Douglas

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders begins Autumn Quarter of the junior year. The freshman and sophomore years, which are taken at an accredited college or university prior to coming to Loma Linda University, provide the fundamentals of a liberal arts education. The emphasis in the junior and senior years is focused on pre-professional courses and may include practical experience.

Full-time enrollment in the undergraduate program is required; therefore, one of the considerations for acceptance into the bachelor's degree program is the student's ability to manage a full load of coursework. There is no option to enter the program on a part-time basis; neither will a student be allowed to change from full-time to part-time status at any time during program progression. Courses are completed sequentially—with prerequisite courses offered in a given quarter, followed by more advanced courses in a later quarter.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree, students are prepared to seek admission to a graduate program in speech-language pathology or related disciplines. Students are encouraged to take CMSD 267 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Fieldwork during their senior year in order to qualify for the speech-language pathology assistant license, issued by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Program learning outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders will meet the University outcomes.

By the end of the program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Articulate characteristics of typical human speech, language, hearing, communication, and swallowing processes—including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
  2. Articulate characteristics of atypical human speech, language, hearing, communication, and swallowing—including etiological, biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates.
  3. Implement knowledge of basic clinical processes for the remediation of human speech, language, hearing, swallowing, and communication disorders and differences.
  4. Incorporate cultural responsiveness to diversity (e.g., linguistic, neurological, economic, age, sexual, gender, ability, and racial) within academic and/or professional environments.
  5. Use logical reasoning skills to evaluate, research, and solve problems in communication sciences and disorders.
  6. Incorporate basic components of professional ethics when treating, counseling, advocating for, and documenting care for clients.

Minimum grade required for graduation

A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required for a course to qualify for graduation.

Clinical experience

A supervised clinical practicum is recommended but not required in the curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Completion of specific courses precedes placement for a practicum and is available for students who have G.P.A.s of 3.0 or above in the major courses.

Wholeness portfolio

Undergraduate students in the School of Allied Health Professions develop portfolios during the junior and senior years. Students register for AHCJ 328 Wholeness Portfolio I during the junior year and AHCJ 498 Wholeness Portfolio II during the senior year. The purpose of the portfolio is to allow students to demonstrate achievement of the outcomes set by the University. These outcomes were developed to aid students in achieving personal and professional balance in the spiritual, intellectual, social/emotional, and physical domains.


CLEP tests must be taken within one quarter of receiving the degree compliance report; otherwise, the course must be repeated.

Student progress review

Students must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 to ensure regular standing in the program. If the student's G.P.A. drops below 3.0 by the end of an academic quarter, they will be placed on academic probation for the following quarter. If the student's G.P.A. does not improve to at least 3.0 by the end of that quarter, they will be dismissed from the program. Each student's progress in the bachelor's degree curriculum is reviewed quarterly. Students are provided written feedback with recommendations for remediation if there are concerns about their academic or clinical performance.

Speech-language pathology assistant

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology assistant degree may work toward meeting eligibility requirements for registration in the state of California as a speech-language pathology assistant.

In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

Application deadline

Applications for the Bachelor of Science degree close June 1.


Listed by general education domains:

Domain 1: Religion (8 quarter units)

(completed during enrollment at LLU)

Domain 2: Arts and humanities (minimum 16 quarter units)

Units must be selected from at least three of the following content areas: civilization/history, art, literature, language, philosophy, religion, or general humanities electives. A minimum of 3 quarter units in an area are required to meet a “content area.”

Domain 3: Scientific inquiry and quantitative reasoning (minimum 12 quarter units)

  • Statistics required: One course in introductory or basic statistics
  • Natural Sciences: At least one natural science course must include a lab component
  • One physical science required: must be physics or chemistry 
  • One biological science required: (human anatomy and/or physiology, general biology, microbiology, and life science are examples of biological sciences)

Domain 4: Social sciences (minimum 12 quarter units)

Must include two (2) content areas: Choose from anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology

Must have one course (or components integrated into several courses) dealing specifically with issues of human diversity.

Domain 5: Written and oral communication (minimum 9 quarter units)

English: Coursework must include a complete sequence in English composition that meets the baccalaureate degree requirements of a four-year college or university (e.g., English 101 and 102)

Additional course may include information systems, critical thinking, and public speaking

Domain 6: Health and wellness (minimum 2 quarter units)

Health or nutrition (e.g., personal health, personal nutrition, population health, global health, and community nutrition) One course required

Physical activity: Must include at least two separate physical activity courses totaling a minimum of one quarter unit


The student begins the bachelor's degree curriculum in communication sciences and disorders with 96 quarter units (64 semester units) taken at a college or university other than Loma Linda University. Students who transfer from a community college may transfer a maximum of 105 quarter units (70 semester units). All other credits must come from a senior college. Acceptance into the degree program does not guarantee that students possess all the academic credits needed to graduate. Some students may need to complete additional academic coursework in general education to bring their overall course unit total to a minimum of 96 quarter units while enrolled at this University in order to meet graduation requirements.

For total unit requirements for graduation, see LLU General Education Requirements.

Although SLPAs typically receive an associate degree with a specialty in speech-language pathology, students who have completed a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders may qualify for the California state-issued SLPA registration after achieving a grade of "P" (Pass) in CMSD 267 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Fieldwork (two units), offered at Loma Linda University.

Students generally make arrangements to register for CMSD 267 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Fieldwork in their last year of undergraduate study (senior year).  Further information about SLPA registration can be obtained on the web at Select "Applicants," then "SLP Assistants."

Junior YearUnits
AHCJ 3051Infectious Disease and the Health-Care Provider1
AHCJ 3282, 4Wholeness Portfolio I1
CMSD 217Beginning Sign Language3
CMSD 284Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology3
CMSD 314Language Science4
CMSD 318Transcription Phonetics3
CMSD 324Language Disorders of Children4
CMSD 334Speech Sound Disorders in Children4
CMSD 376Anatomy of Speech-Hearing Mechanism4
CMSD 388Communication across the Life Span4
CMSD 446Instruction in American English Dialects2
CMSD 454Introduction to Audiology4
CMSD 485Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology4
CMSD 486Diagnostic Methods in Speech-Language Pathology4
PSYC 460The Exceptional Individual3
RELE 457Christian Ethics and Health Care2
Choose one course 
RELT 406, 423, 436, or 437Adventist Beliefs and Life2
Senior Year
AHCJ 4982Wholeness Portfolio II1
CMSD 424Adult Language Pathology4
CMSD 426Behavior Management Applications with Special Populations4
CMSD 436Speech and Hearing Science4
CMSD 444Organic Speech Disorders4
CMSD 448Disorders of Fluency3
CMSD 449Voice Disorders3
CMSD 464Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation4
CMSD 477Bilingualism and Biculturalism3
CMSD 488Autism Spectrum Disorders4
AHRM 471Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I3
AHRM 472Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II3
RELR 4__ Religion elective, relational2
REL_ 4__ Religion elective2
 Total Units: 96
Optional 3
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practicum

Can be taken junior or senior year


 Course must be registered each quarter: 

  • 0 units in autumn
  • 0 units in winter
  • 1 unit in spring

Available for students who have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above in the major courses.


Fulfills service learning requirement.

Normal time to complete the program

Four (4) years — two (2) years (six [6] academic quarters) at LLU — full-time enrollment required