Several different Christian colleges and universities offer degree programs in speech pathology (also called communication sciences and disorders) at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Students can pursue these programs at schools that range in size and offer a variety of unique resources. Here we discuss a handful of the Christian schools that offer these programs.
Students can study speech pathology from several Interdenominational, Southern Baptist and other Christian schools. In the table below, compare a few of the schools' undergraduate tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Trinity Christian College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Palos Heights, IL||$28,675|
|Abilene Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Abilene, TX||$33,330|
|Ouachita Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Arkadelphia, AR||$25,870|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||$34,160|
|California Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Riverside, CA||$32,256|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of a Few Christian Colleges with Speech Pathology Programs
Speech pathology programs are available as undergraduate minors and as bachelor's and master's degree programs at several Christian colleges around the country. These colleges also provide students with unique spiritual growth opportunities. Learn more about some of these schools and their speech pathology programs.
Trinity Christian College
Trinity Christian College is located near Chicago in Illinois and had about 1,190 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. Students at the school can pursue an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty members, as well as pursuing internship opportunities in Chicago. Spiritual life on campus includes multiple worship events, prayer ministry, men's and women's ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and service organizations, like Social Justice Chapter and Service Outreach Corps.
Abilene Christian University
Abilene Christian University in Texas offers students a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. The bachelor's degree program prepares students for graduate study in speech-language pathology, while the master's degree program prepares students for certification in the field and includes clinical externships and clinical placements for hands-on experience. In 2016, the university had about 3,760 undergraduates, per the NCES. Students wishing to further develop their spiritual lives can connect with God and the campus community through Bible studies, worship services and a wide range of service opportunities, such as Service Action Leadership Team (SALT) and mission trips through the Halbert Center for Missions and Global Service.
Ouachita Baptist University
Arkansas' Ouachita Baptist University encourages fellowship and discipleship in its students by providing student-led worship services (Refuge), mission trips, Men's Discipleship and Veritas Women's Ministry. The NCES reported that the undergraduate institution had around 1,490 students in 2016. The university offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders program that prepares students for study in audiology or speech pathology at the graduate level. Students in the program, called student speech-language clinicians, complete a practicum with state-licensed speech-language pathology faculty members for hands-on experience.
Messiah College in Pennsylvania offers a pre-professional speech and language pathology minor that can be paired with any major. This minor is great for students wishing to attend graduate school in speech-language pathology, as well as for students from a variety of majors, such as teachers who may work with autistic students. Students in the minor take coursework in language development, communication disorders, linguistics and more. The college also offers unique opportunities for spiritual formation, like AROMA sports ministry, pastoral counseling and spiritual organizations, including Acclamation Dance Ministry, P.L.A.C.E. (Preparing Ladies to Affirm Christ's Example) and Grace College Fellowship. The college had close to 2,790 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES.
California Baptist University
According to the NCES, California Baptist University had about 6,940 undergraduate students in 2016. Students interested in studying speech-language pathology can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. The master's degree program requires a minimum of 400 supervised, clinical hours and follows a cohort model for the 2-year program. Spiritual life on campus consists of chapel services, Compassion Ministries (local service), Mobilization (global missions) and Discipleship Ministries (fellowship/community).