Post-baccalaureate Program Information

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-baccalaureate Program

Fall 2023 - 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. To learn more about this Clinical Doctorate Program, refer to this Clinical Doctorate Program.

Eligibility for Post-baccalaureate Program

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

Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, earned more than eight years ago may be required to satisfy the post-baccalaureate program in order to be eligible to apply for the graduate Speech and Language Pathology or Audiology program.

Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required.

Application Process

Apply for admission to Western Washington University (WWU), Post-baccalaureate Admissions

  • Priority fall application deadline is February 15th
  • Final fall application deadline is March 1st

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

Required Materials

  • Submit an official transcript from each college/university attended.
    • Submit electronically to admit@wwu.edu
    • By mail: Office of Admissions - 516 High Street, MS9099 - Bellingham, WA 98225-9009
  • 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).
  • Provide three recommenders that will submit letters of recommendation. We advise you provide two faculty recommendations. 

Admission Application

Admission Application 

You are considered a First-time user to start a new application

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Application Instructions

You will be applying as a Post-baccalaureate student

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You will complete each category listed on the left-hand side of the “Instructions” page. You will not find each category referenced, only those categories relevant to ensure you accurately complete the application for the CSD Post-baccalaureate program.

Application Information

This section “Student Type” and the third bullet applies to you; be sure to select the appropriate Post-bacc option. 

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Select “New Post-Bacc” and “Fall 2023” Application Term

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Select “Location Program”

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Test Scores

This section will apply to International Students only *not applicable to Canadian Residents

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Academic Interests

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Communication Sciences Disorders Post-Baccalaureate Program

Be sure to respond “Yes” you have spoken with a CSD program advisor


Upload your Statement of Purpose and Resume

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References

Three letters of recommendation are required *preferably two from faculty

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Finalize Your Admission Application

  • Sign your application
  • Review your application

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 15th.


Completed applications that meet the priority deadline should receive notification of acceptance into the program approximately March 1st.


Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed following the March 1st fall quarter admission application deadline. Applications are accepted on a space-available basis.

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.

Questions

We will be offering online Information Sessions starting in October, you can find these dates on the CSD website; information session sign-ups will be available soon, keep checking for updates.

If you are a prospective Post-bacc student and would like to request an in-person department tour, please e-mail Karen Smith with the following information: Your name, your contact information (phone and e-mail), the number of people who will be touring with you. A member of our team will contact you with further information and details. Tours are typically provided by current students in our SLP graduate program, and they are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you have specific questions about the Post-bacc program or admissions please contact Jenny Hebert.

Program Courses (Lockstep Program)

Fall Quarter: Total Credits 9-12
Course Number Title Credits
CSD 251 Intro to Communication Disorders (elective) 3
CSD 352 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Mechanisms 5
CSD 356 Phonetics and Phonology 4

Apply to Graduate School

Winter Quarter: Total Credits 15
Course Number Title Credits
CSD 354 Speech and Language Development in Children  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)
4
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: 49-60 
 
For costs, please refer to the Tuition and Fee Schedule on the Student Business Office website. Please select "Location Programs Self-Sustaining Tuition and Fees"

2023 – 2024 Academic Year estimated Extension Program Budget

The estimated expenses are based on the 2022-2023 academic year rates for full-time undergraduate students. *rates for 2023 – 2024 will not be available until late June 2023*

Undergraduate – Extension Program
  International Cost Resident Cost
Tuition (Fall through Spring) $12,765 - $16,560 $12,765-$16,650 
S & A Fees $702 $702
Mandatory Fees $1,206 $1,206
Other Standard Costs (see below) $19,908 $19,908
Totals $34,581 - $38,376 $34,581 - $38,376

 

Other Standard Costs – Budget Items
  International Cost Resident Cost
Books & Supplies $1,086 $1,086
Personal $2,670 $2,670
Room & Board $14,691 $14,691
Transportation $1,461 $1,461
Emergency Health Insurance $1,188 0
Total Standard Cost Components  $21,096 $19,908

Important Notes: 

  • The estimated budget above does not include summer quarter tuition (12 credits), and is based on 2022-2023 tuition and other fee rates 
  • Summer quarter 2022 rates; Resident $280.00/credit Non-resident tuition $447.00/credit | S&A fee $14.75/credit (up to 10 credits) | Mandatory fees $371.46 | Int’l Student Insurance $370.00   
  • Academic year 2023 – 2024 tuition rates should be available late June 2023; “Other Standard Costs” should be available soon  
  • Summer 2023 tuition and other fee rates will be available approximately February-March 2023

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)  
  • Once you have been accepted into the CSD Post-baccalaureate Program, you will need to contact Richard Bruce, Director of International Student and Scholar Services (360) 650-6517