Post-baccalaureate Program Information

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-baccalaureate Program

Fall 2021 - A Growing Demand For Specialists

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department at Western Washington University offers a Post-baccalaureate Program designed to prepare students who do not have a baccalaureate degree in CSD for graduate-level study in the fields of speech-language pathology or audiology. In this concentrated study, students gain a broad understanding of the scientific and social aspects of normal and disordered speech, language and hearing processes. The post-baccalaureate program serves as a stepping-stone for those whose long-term goals include a graduate degree and professional certification in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Applicants must have a transferable bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a major other than Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

Quality Professional Education

This lock-step program begins fall quarter and continues sequentially through summer. Generally, midway through the first year, students apply to a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. 

The Outreach and Continuing Education department (OCE) administers the program. It is important to note that acceptance into this post-baccalaureate program does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate programs. These are two separate programs; it will be necessary to apply to the graduate programs the following year. 

Post-baccalaureate coursework explores the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms, disorders, testing, clinical processes, and rehabilitation. Classes meet weekdays on Western’s Bellingham campus. Credits awarded are recorded on official University transcripts. 

Clinical Doctorate In Audiology, AuD

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder’s Clinical Doctorate in Audiology, AuD has been approved by Western Washington University and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA) the nationally recognized accrediting agency for graduate programs in the profession and awarded Candidacy Status to the program. Students have been admitted and enrolled and the initial cohort began studies during Fall 2017. Learn more about the Clinical Doctorate Program.

Eligibility for Post-baccalaureate Program

Applicants must have a transferable bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a major other than Communication Sciences and Disorders and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Application Process

There are two separate application processes: First, you will apply for admission to Western Washington University (WWU).  Second, you will apply to the CSD Post-baccalaureate Program for acceptance into the program. 

  • Priority fall application deadline is February 1
  • Final fall application deadline is March 1

Applications are accepted on a space-available basis after the priority deadline. 

Application For Admission To Western

U.S. Residents

Please continue to:
Submit the online “transfer & post-baccalaureate application for admission” and pay the non-refundable processing fee 
*You are applying for an extension program, to ensure your admission application is completed accurately for the program, please refer to the instructions below. 
Application Information – check the boxes per the highlighted areas below. 

Screenshot highlighting Fall quarter and Post-Bacc program checkboxes.



Check the boxes per the highlighted areas below. 

Section of application highlighting Post-bacc Program options for CSD program

International Students

Please continue to

Submit the online “international undergraduate student application for admission” and pay the non-refundable processing fee.

*You are applying for an extension program, to ensure your admission application is completed accurately for the program, please refer to the instructions below.

Application Information for international students – check the boxes per the highlighted areas below.

Application information highlighting the Post-Baccalaureate and Other checkboxes.

Complete the area highlighted below, as shown, by filling out "Post Baccalaureate Communication Sciences and Disorders program" in the field of Academic Interests.

Highlighted area shows where to add "Post Baccalaureate CSD program" beside Academic Interests section 8 , on page 4 of the application

Good to remember that your I-20 can not be processed without bank verification.

highlighted section of Statement of Financial Responsibility reminds students that a bank verification is required.

ADMISSION Requirements for all applicants (Resident and Non-resident)

  • All applicants will submit an original official transcript from each college or university attended. 
  • All transcripts must be sent directly from your college to Western’s Office of Admissions; electronically or in an official sealed envelope. 
  • Mail your transcripts to the Office of Admissions to the address listed below: 

          Office of Admissions
          516 High Street MS9009 
          Bellingham, WA  98225-9009 

Application For Admission To The CSD Post-Baccalaureate Program

  • Submit a one-page statement of purpose 
  • Submit a one-page resume that includes your professional background and experience. *(font size no smaller than 11 and one-inch side margins for all materials). 
  • Submit three letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. Jennifer Thistle, Director Post- baccalaureate Program.  It is recommended to provide two letters of recommendation from faculty if possible. 

Where to send required application documents

Mail your statement of purpose, resume, and letters to:
Western Washington University 
Outreach and Continuing Education, MS 9102 
Attn: Jenny Hebert 
516 High Street 
Bellingham, WA 98225-9102 
Electronically send your documentation to:  

Completed Applications (Two Parts)

Once you have completed the online Admission Application (admission to WWU); this includes receipt of your official transcript(s), and you have submitted all of the required documents for admission to the CSD Post-baccalaureate program; your program application will be considered complete. Your application file will be forwarded to the Post-baccalaureate Director for review.

Accepted Applications

Upon review of your completed application file, and should you be accepted into the program; you will be contacted by the CSD Program Coordinator and receive instructions for next steps. 

Please note: We accept approximately 18 students into the program, we advise having your application complete and ready for review by the priority deadline of February 1.

Completed applications that meet the priority deadline should receive notification of acceptance into the program approximately mid-February. 
Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed following the March 1 fall quarter admission application deadline.  Applications are accepted on a space-available basis.

Selective Service

State-mandated enrollment limits do not affect the Communication Sciences and Disorders Post- baccalaureate Program. However, due to the specialized nature of this program, enrollment is limited. 

Please note: Admission is limited to program courses and does not constitute admission to Western Washington University’s regular (non-extension) programs or courses.

Financial Aid

If you are planning to apply for financial aid to help defray the cost of tuition and fees, please refer to the Financial Aid website. To be eligible for financial aid, you will be required to complete a FAFSA. 


We will be offering online Information Sessions starting in October; information session sign-ups will be available soon, keep checking for updates. 

Due to COVID-19 site tours have been suspended through the fall 2020 quarter. If possible, tours will be available January through May. When tours resume, schedule a one-on-one information session and/or a site tour with us.

Lockstep Program

Fall Quarter: Total Credits 9
Course Number Title Credits
CSD 352 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Mechanisms 5
CSD 354 Speech and Language Development in Children 4

Apply to Graduate School

Winter Quarter: Total Credits 15
Course Number Title Credits
CSD 356  Phonetics and Phonology (Prerequisite CSD 354) 4
CSD 371 Hearing Science (Prerequisite CSD 352) 3
CSD 372 Anat & Phys of Hearing and Balance (Prerequisite CSD 352) 4
CSD 450 Neuroanatomy (Prerequisite CSD 352, CSD 372) 4


Spring Quarter: Total Credits 13-21
Course Number Title Credits
CSD 353  Speech Science WP1 (Prerequisites CSD 352, CSD 356, CSD 371) 5
CSD 361 Devel Lang Disorders WP1 (Prerequisite CSD 354) 5
CSD 440 AAC in the Schools (elective) (Prerequisite CSD 361) 3
CSD 453 Speech Disorders (elective) (Prerequisites CSD 352) 4
CSD 470 Acquired Disorders (elective) (Prerequisite CSD 450) 4


Summer Quarter: Total Credits 12
Course Number Title Credits
CSD 460  Assessment & Intervention in CSD       
(Prerequisites CSD 354, CSD 356, CSD 361)
CSD 462  Audiometric Testing (Prerequisites CSD 371, CSD 372) 4
CSD 463  Aural Rehabilitation (Prerequisite CSD 372) 4

Must take at least 1 elective, may take all three 
Total credits: 49-57 
For costs, please refer to the Tuition and Fee Schedule on the Student Business Office website.

2021 – 2022 Academic Year estimated Extension Program Budget

The estimated expenses are based on the 2020-2021 academic year rates for full-time undergraduate students. *rates for 2021 – 2022 will not be available until late June 2021*

Undergraduate – Extension Program
  International Cost Resident Cost
Tuition (Fall through Spring) $12,099 - $14,715 $12,099-$14,715 
S & A Fees $650 $650
Mandatory Fees $1,131 $1,131
Other Standard Costs (see below) $17,772 $16,662 
Totals $31,652 - $34,268 $30,542 - $33,158


Other Standard Costs – Budget Items
  International Cost Resident Cost
Books & Supplies $954 $954
Personal $2,373 $2,373
Room & Board $12,036  $12,036 
Transportation $1,299 $1,299
Emergency Health Insurance $1,110  0
Total Standard Cost Components  $17,772 $16,662

Important Notes: 

  • The estimated budget above does not include summer quarter tuition (12 credits), and is based on 2019-2020 tuition and other fee rates 
  • Summer quarter 2020 rates; Resident $267.00/credit Non-resident tuition $427.00/credit | S&A fee $11.26/credit (up to 10 credits) | Mandatory fees $376.96 | Int’l Student Insurance $370.00   
  • Academic year 2021 – 2022 tuition rates should be available late June 2021; “Other Standard Costs” should be available soon  
  • Summer 2021 tuition and other fee rates will be available approximately February-March 2021 

Important Information for International Students: 

  • International and Canadian residents must complete the “international undergraduate student application for admission” (refer to pg. 4 for the link to the application and other information).  This application will include a required “Statement of Financial Responsibility” (refer to pg. 4 of the application)  
  • Please use this estimated budget when completing your International Supplement Application 
  • Once you have been accepted into the CSD Post-baccalaureate Program, you will need to contact Richard Bruce for the required paperwork for entry into the U.S.; his contact information can be located on pg. 7 


Now that you have read through the CSD Post-baccalaureate Program Information Guide 

  1. Submit the online WWU Admission Application and submit materials for admission to the CSD Program by February 1 to meet the priority deadline.
    (Submit no later than March 1 for consideration into the program.)
  2. Western admission application for U.S. residents – please submit the “transfer & post-baccalaureate application for admission” 
  3. Western admission for International students – please submit the “international undergraduate student application for admission” 
  4. Submit the non-refundable admission application processing fee.
  5. Submit a copy of official transcript(s) from each college/university attended, to the Office of Admission.
  6. Start gathering the required CSD Post-baccalaureate Program application documents.
  7. Submit a one-page Statement of Purpose.
  8. Submit a one-page Resume that includes your professional background and experience. 

    Work experience that may be related or relevant to the following settings or services:
    Varied medical settings, varied educational settings, working with individuals with disabilities, recreational settings, multicultural experiences.

    Work and/or relevant volunteer experience most related to the field: 
    Working in a medical office, teaching , teaching English as a Second Language, multicultural experiences, travel abroad, working as a care-giver or nanny. 

    Do you speak other languages? 

    Volunteer positions?
    Camp Counselor, Girls on the Run Coach, Conversation partner for individual post-stroke at a retirement home.
  9. Request and Submit three letters of recommendation.  It is advised to submit at least two letters from faculty. Have letters addressed to Dr. Jennifer Thistle, Post-baccalaureate Director. Your recommenders can mail the letters directly to Western or email to the CSD Program Coordinator. Or you can collect all three letters and mail them to Western with your resume and statement of purpose.