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Communication Disorders Overview

Begin your journey toward becoming a speech-language pathologist with Mercy College’s Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. This program provides students with an educational foundation comprised of a scientific and clinically based curriculum. After completing the bachelor’s degree, students can apply directly to Mercy’s Master of Science in Communication Disorders and earn the graduate degree required to practice speech-language pathology. 

Gain academic and real-world experience while working with pediatric and adult populations in Mercy's on-campus Speech and Hearing Center.

What you can do with a Communication Disorders Degree

Career Opportunities

Careers in Communication Disorders include: speech-language pathologist, audiologist, speech and hearing scientist, language scientist and NYS Education Department Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD). (Note: This certification requires a master's degree in CD and additional academic and clinical experience, workshop attendance in education, and completion of a student teaching experience, prior to application to the New York State Education Department.)

18% Growth

Career Outcomes
Job growth expected to
rise 18% through 2026* 

$70K Salary

Average Pay
For speech-language

120 Credits 

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree 
Classes in anatomy, physiology 
and phonetics

What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage

  • State-of-the-art simulation labs
  • Premier B.S. Program in metropolitan area
  • Participate in medical missions
  • On-campus NSSLHA Chapter

Watch this video to discover more about the Communications Disorder program at Mercy.

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Mercy College Speech & Hearing Center

The Master of Science program in Communication Disorders at Mercy College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The Center has served the community for more than 25 years with comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and therapy for preschoolers, school-aged children, adolescents and adults.

Full-Time Faculty

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Oren Abramowitz Instructor
Communication Disorders
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Shari Berkowitz Associate Professor
Communication Disorders
Denise DiCristofaro
Denise Dicristofaro Assistant Professor
Communication Disorders
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Ashley O'Rourke Instructor
Communication Disorders

Clinic Director, Communication Disorders

Part-Time Faculty

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Pazit Abramowicz Adjunct Assistant Professor
Communication Disorders
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Alexa Brigante Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Samantha Cullen Lecturer
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Diana Dianuzzo Adjunct Assistant Professor
Communication Disorders

Faculty Emeritae/i

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Gloria Schlisselberg Professor Emerita
Communication Disorders

Program Outcomes

  • Collect case history information and integrate information from relevant informants to inform the nature of the problem.

  • Administer and interpret standardized non-referenced tests in the discipline for diagnostic purposes.

  • Integrate research principles into evidence-informed clinical practice.

  • Develop measurable and achievable treatment goals that meaningful address client needs.

  • Measure and evaluate client performance and progress to reveal the impact of treatment.

Program Accreditation

The Master of Science Communication Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at Mercy College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Contact the Communication Disorders Program

Ashley O'Rourke
Program Director, Communication Disorders

Denise Dicristofaro
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
(914) 674-7739

Ashley Webb
Clinical Supervisor, Speech and Hearing Clinic
(914) 674-7505

Barbara Rosenfeld
Administrative Assistant, Communication Disorders
(914) 674-7340

Patti Rosenfeld
Clinic Administrative Assistant, Communication Disorders
(914) 674-7742

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get clinical experiences as an undergraduate in CD?

Students will learn about diagnostic testing and treatment techniques in a variety of pediatric and adult communication disorders through both observations and classwork. Some undergraduate students are selected to provide speech and language therapy in the Mercy College Speech and Hearing Center.

How can I find out information about the New York City teacher scholarships program to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a critical shortage area?

Visit Teach NYC, click on speech pathology undergraduate.

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the Master's Degree Program in Communication Disorders?

The Undergraduate Coordinator, Prof. Eileen Hoffman, at (914) 674-7741 or via email at

What career options are available in communication disorders?

Schools, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, private practice, health care agencies, and college/university settings. Our students have a 100% success rate in finding employment upon graduation. A free brochure entitled Careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology containing additional information about the profession is available from ASHA.

Are there CD-related clubs or organizations on campus?

Mercy College has a chapter of the National Student Speech, Language & Hearing Association (NSSLHA) which is the student branch of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association . The Club is centered on educational, social and fundraising activities, and offers students who will enter the field access to a national network. Benefits include attendance opportunities to conventions, lectures, field trips, and meetings.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, students meet with the undergraduate coordinator Eileen Hoffman ( in the spring of sophomore year to determine eligibility for the program which includes a minimum 2.7 GPA, a grade of "B" or above in ENG 112 and SPCH 110 and completion of 45 credits. Once accepted into the major, you will meet with an advisor from the department each semester who will answer questions about what courses to take and in which sequence.

What is the CD program's non-discrimination policy?

The Master's Degree in Communication Disorders program adheres to the Mercy College Non-Discrimination policy. The policy of Mercy College, both historically and currently, is that discrimination against any individual for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or handicap and status as a parent is specifically prohibited. Accordingly, equal access to educational programs, employment opportunities, and all other college activities is extended to all persons, and the College promotes equal opportunity. Information concerning non-discrimination policies, including complaint procedures, may be obtained from the following individuals. • For Students: Deputy Director of PACT. • For Faculty, Administration, and Staff: Director of Human Resources. • For Accessibility Services: Director of ACCESSibility

What are the speech-language pathology and/or audiology requirements?

Generally, a graduate degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, communication disorders, communication science and disorders or speech and hearing sciences. The degree includes academic coursework and clinical practicum, and culminates in eligibility for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Most states, including New York, require licensure.

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration: Communication Disorders: 48 Credits
Open Electives: 12 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full list of courses see our catalog


The Undergraduate Program offers a B.S. degree in Communication Disorders (CD). This degree is comparable to an undergraduate degree in speech language pathology/ audiology. Upon completion of the degree, graduates demonstrate proficiencies in speech-language pathology, speech and hearing science and audiology in preparation for graduate study. The major goal of the program is to provide a scientific/clinically based curriculum as preparation for graduate studies. A master's degree is mandatory as entry level into the profession of speech-language pathology (SLP).* As of 2007, the entry level for Audiology is the doctorate degree. In addition to the professions noted above, the CD undergraduate degree is also useful for students continuing their graduate studies in education, special education, and teachers of the deaf and hearing impaired, psychology, social work, and recreational therapy.

Students with a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisite courses can directly apply to the MS degree program. A master's degree is mandatory for entry level into the profession of speech-language pathology. As of 2007, a doctoral degree will be mandatory as entry level for practice in audiology.

Communication Disorders Objectives

The CD program’s mission is to combine a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation with an introduction to CD theory and clinical experience. We welcome students from all fields of study, from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Through "learning by doing” and with a faculty comprised of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, the program prepares you for graduate study in CD, education, special education, teaching the deaf and hearing impaired, psychology, and social work.

Degree Requirements

Students planning to major in Communication Disorders must demonstrate the following: completion of at least 48 credits of the General Education curriculum with a GPA of at least 2.75; a grade of at least B in ENGL 112 or its equivalent; and a grade of at least B in SPCM 110. Students must complete six credits of a foreign language (six credits can be in American Sign Language), BIOL 110 Introduction to Human Biology and one of the following courses (PHYS 110, CHEM 110) as part of their General Education requirements. In addition, students must complete BHSC 370, Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences which is typically taken in senior year.

Proficiency in oral and written communication will be assessed during the student’s first semester. Basic competencies are continuously assessed throughout the student’s tenure as a communication disorders major. Competency in both oral and written communication is required in order to obtain a degree in communication disorders. Students who require additional assistance in oral and written communication skills will be directed to the appropriate sources including courses, the Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation or the Speech and Hearing Center.

Students planning to enter the major must contact the Mercy College Communication Disorders Undergraduate Coordinator at 914-674-7741 for an eligibility interview. All students are assigned to a faculty advisor in Communication Disorders and are required to see the advisor each semester. To maintain satisfactory academic standing as a major, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major. A student who receives a grade below C in any major course will be required to repeat the course. Students may repeat a major course once. Any exceptions to Department guidelines require approval by the department director.

All students who are accepted in the program must present proof of a current physical (within the past year), MMR, PPD, Hepatitis B, and Meningitis immunization. Proof of immunization is to be given prior to enrollment in CMDS 498.

Academic Program Sequence Map

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