Communication Sciences and Disorders
Are you interested in helping children and adults understand and overcome communication obstacles?
A pre-professional degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students to pursue graduate degrees in speech/language pathology or audiology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, speech/language pathology is a highly sought-after career field with 26,000 positions being added by 2022. Audiology is expected to grow by 34%, much faster than average, and the Northeast AuD Consortium (NOADC) says that there is a critical shortage of audiologists in the state of Ohio and the surrounding regions. Both of these occupations allow you to work directly with clients of any age group, from newborns to the elderly.
- Faith integration — The MVNU Communication Science and Disorders program provides students with a unique perspective that combines Christian values with healthcare knowledge related to speech and hearing to offer a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. MVNU provides students with a unique perspective that combines Christian values with healthcare knowledge related to speech and hearing. We are invested in helping you develop the ethical framework that will shape your professional career.
- Practical experience — MVNU is one of few private colleges in Ohio with its own speech, language, and hearing clinic: Hunter Hall Clinic for Communication Sciences and Disorders. This means you'll get the kind of rare, hands-on experience that can give you a major advantage when applying to graduate school. As a third- and fourth-year student in our CSD program, you will have the opportunity to work with clients across the lifespan in the on-site Communication Sciences and Disorders clinic, as well as in the community.
- Learning abroad — You will have the opportunity to participate in mission trips to numerous places around the world, like Swaziland and Belize. This means applying the skills you learn in the classroom to real-life scenarios with people who really rely on and value your expertise.
- Professor Florence Hardjono, MVNU - Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Program Director
- Credentials: PhD (ABD), Speech and Language Pathology – Ohio State University; MA, Speech and Language Pathology – Ohio State University; BA, Speech and Hearing Science – Ohio State University Licensed in Speech-Language Pathology from Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from ASHA Work Experience: MVNU Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Director and course instructor 2 years; 25+ years teaching music and English as a Second Language; SLP in school, hospital, and private practice settings; teaching and research assistant at Ohio State University 7 years
- Jodeen Erfurt - CSD adjunct and Clinic Supervisor
- Credentials: MA, Speech Pathology – Cleveland State University; MA, Audiology – Ohio State University; BA, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology – Ohio State University Speech Language Pathology CCC-SLP ASHA Certification; State of Ohio License in Speech Pathology; Ohio Department of Education Professional Speech Language Pathologist License Work experience: Richland County MR/DD 20 years; Clinical supervisor for SLP at College of Wooster 9 years; Knox County ESC 3 years; Fredericktown Local School SLP 8 yrs.; Mid-Ohio ESC
- Dr. LeeAnn Couts – MVNU - Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences
- Credentials: PhD, Psychobiology – Ohio State University; MA, Psychobiology – Ohio State University; BS, Psychology – Ohio State University Work experience: Has taught Psychology in the MVNU Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice for 12 years; Research Assistant Professor and Instructor in University of Pittsburg Department of Neuroscience 6 years. Areas of specialization: Behavioral Neuroscience/Physiological Psychology, Chemical Dependency and Abuse; Experimental Design and Methodology; Scientific Writing; Cognitive Psychology
- Jeremy Ketterman – Linguistics Instructor (adjunct)
- Credentials: MS, Curriculum and Instruction (TESOL) – University of the Southwest; BA, Spanish – Mount Vernon Nazarene University Work Experience: Has taught TESOL 6 years in Mount Vernon schools and 7 years at MVNU
- Heather Pienkos – Instructor, American Sign Language (adjunct) Credentials: B.A., Children’s Ministry – MVNU Work Experience: Has taught ASL to children and adults for 10 years; Lifelong involvement in ASL interpretation
CSD majors spend much of their clinical time at Hunter Hall, which is located in friendly downtown Mount Vernon, just a few miles from main campus. This building currently houses the MVNU Nursing department and is home to our community speech and hearing center.
The Hunter Hall Clinics for Communication Sciences and Disorders provides the opportunity for CSD students to take part in supervised clinical practice as undergraduate students, in preparation for their clinical requirements in graduate school and beyond. The requirement of clinical experience at the undergraduate level is a distinct advantage of enrolling at MVNU; in many other programs, there is little opportunity for clinical work until the graduate level. This gives our students an edge in the graduate school admission process and provides them with early exposure to actual professional practice.
Because a master’s degree is required to become a speech-language pathologist, and a Doctoral degree is required to become an audiologist, MVNU’s pre-professional undergraduate CSD program is aimed at thoroughly preparing students for admission to a graduate program. We are devoted to helping you gain the knowledge and experience you need to get into graduate school.
Ethan Briggs, '15“I have found friends, mentors, healing, a second family, and grace. MVNU is where I found myself in Christ.”