Communication Sciences and Disorders Department

(Formerly Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Dept)

Open House

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is holding an Open House Friday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 to 4 p.m. Learn about our Master's in Speech Pathology, Doctorate in Audiology, and Certificate in Intraoperative Monitoring. Meet the faculty, have lunch and tour our clinics. Please add RSVP to GayAnne Spezialetti at

Since the 1960s, Bloomsburg University has offered high quality programs in speech-language pathology and audiology, preparing graduates for successful careers in allied health, public schools, private practice, and other work settings. Offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education in audiology and speech-language pathology, as well as professional certificates in English as a Second Language and in Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, Bloomsburg University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students for some of the most sought-after careers in a growing competitive global job market.

Career Focus

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), job growth for audiology is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities in speech-language pathology are expected to grow by 21 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Department Contacts

  Shaheen Awan | 570-389-4443
Department Secretary
  GayAnne Spezialetti | 570-389-5381

Communication Sciences and Disorders
338 Centennial Hall
Fax: 570-389-2035
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State-of-the-Art Technology

BU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders houses diagnostic and therapeutic equipment that provides audiology and speech pathology students access to and experience with sophisticated assessment techniques such as videostroboscopy, videofluoroscopy, nasometry, vestibular assessment, electronystagmography, and EEG.

The rotational chair, one of about a dozen in the U.S. outside of the military, is used to test inner ear function and balance in a completely darkened chamber. Videostroboscopy permits detailed analysis of vocal fold function, and students assist with/participate in videofluroscopic swallowing assessment. All students gain experience with state of the art instrumentation in their respective professions.

Mission and Strategy

Bloomsburg University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, within the College of Science and Technology, prepares highly trained and competent entry level professionals who meet all requirements for certification and licensure in their respective professions, ready to contribute to a dynamic global work force.

This mission of excellence in preparation is supported by an undergraduate program that provides core knowledge and preprofessional skills. A blend of academic, clinical and research experiences help our graduates to meet the continually changing demands of the professions. Partnerships and affiliations provide diverse clinical experiences, allowing students to expand the breadth and depth of knowledge acquired through academic instruction, while helping to meet the health care needs of the community.


The mission of our graduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology is to provide quality academic and clinical education, and prepare entry-level professionals to ensure independent practice and competent delivery of clinical services to the public. The programs of audiology and speech language pathology are committed to the educational preparation of student in an inclusive environment, who through achievement of learning outcomes, demonstrate the essential knowledge and skills necessary for competent professional practice in a culturally diverse society.