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Online Doctorate in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Online Doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders programs offer working professionals the opportunity to update their technical skills, knowledge and academic status while continuing to practice their profession. Some doctoral students in communication science and disorders programs may aspire to academic, teaching and research careers where they can apply biomedical, psychological and physical principles to human communication mechanisms. Others may seek an additional credential as part of their professional training in audiology, speech pathology or learning disabilities.

Online Doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Basics

To be eligible for an online doctorate in communication sciences and disorders degree program, individuals may need to have earned a masters degree or doctoral degree and state licensure in their occupation. Other requirements may include a minimum of four years of clinical experience. The length of time it takes to earn a doctorate communication science degree may vary between schools and also be dependent on one’s prior education; for students entering a doctorate program with a master’s degree it could require a minimum of 4 years to complete the PhD program.

DID YOU KNOW? Audiologists need a doctoral degree and must be licensed in all states (BLS)[i]

Distance education programs typically integrate web based instruction, video demonstrations, readings, and clinical projects. Interaction between and among students and faculty might be via email and chat room. Students usually complete homework assignments and examinations online.

Online Doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Potential Courses

Graduate communication disorders majors may study the scientific bases, development and treatment of speech, language, hearing and cognitive communication problems that are caused by disease, disability or injury[ii]. While course vary between graduate schools and programs, students in an online doctorate in communication sciences and disorders degree program might learn topics such as[iii]:

  • Language science
  • Speech and voice science
  • Hearing science
  • Biology of communication
  • Behavioral linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Diagnostics
  • Rehabilitation strategies

Courses may also be tailored to specific communication sciences and disorders degrees such as an online Doctor of Audiology. This type of program would likely focus on diagnosis, management and treatment of hearing, balance and related ear problems.[iv]

Take the Next Step                                             

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for audiologists is positive; employment of audiologists in projected to increase by 29% from 2014 to 2024.[v] If you are interested in moving forward with a professional degree, consider the convenience of an online doctorate in communication sciences and disorders. Browse our sponsored listings to find program that aligns with your goals, then take the next step. Contact the prospective school for details about enrollment deadlines.


sources[i] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/audiologists.htm |[ii] https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cipcode/cipdetail.aspx?y=55&cipid=88746 |[iii] https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cipcode/cipdetail.aspx?y=55&cipid=88746| [iv] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/audiologists.htm |[v] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/audiologists.htm

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