A Calling to Care

Speech language pathology and audiology are inherently service careers. The professionals who choose this life are called to a life of caring, using their gifts to better the lives of others. Our innovative degree programs are built on a foundation of rigorous academics, service and leadership. 

Don’t be jealous or proud; be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.  Care about them as much as you care about yourself.
Philippians 2: 3-5

As a department, we work to create interprofessional relationships with the many disciplines represented within Samford's College of Health Sciences, offering programming that is truly innovative and exciting.  We have developed community partnerships with existing hospitals, schools and clinics so that our students observe and work with varied professionals within the field of health care.

We hold fast to a code of values and an overarching philosophy of faith in our words and actions, excellence in our student outcomes, integrity, life-long learning, teamwork and service, which is at the core of all that we do.  We feel strongly that if we maintain these standards, our students will provide an excellent level of care for all of those they touch. 

  • Faith: We live our faith by our words and actions.
  • Excellence: We strive for excellence in our academic programming and in our students' learning outcomes.
  • Integrity: We embrace persons who hold themselves to a higher standard.
  • Learning: We provide a platform for becoming life-long learners.
  • Teamwork: We believe that together we are stronger.
  • Service: We believe in serving others as our gifts and talents allow.

Undergraduate Major & Minor

Communication Sciences and Disorders Major

There is something special about those who use their gifts to make a difference in the lives of others. This undergraduate major is designed to foster a love for others while providing you the knowledge and practical experience to continue your education at the graduate level and attain your personal career goals.

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Communication Sciences and Disorders Minor

The minor in communication sciences and disorders consists of 22 hours of coursework with clinical observation experiences included within the academic coursework. Students pursuing the minor will be required to take all of CSDS courses listed at Samford to earn this designation. For those seeking to pursue a graduate MS SLP degree at Samford, completion of the minor will allow these students to apply to the two-year program.

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Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Audiology

A graduate degree in audiology will prepare you to help prevent, identify, diagnose and treat individuals with hearing loss and balance issues. Whether you are called to work with children, the geriatric population or any specialty in between, our program will equip you with the skills to provide the best care possible.

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Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology

We offer this degree for one reason: to help you become a highly qualified speech language pathologist with the skills, compassion and motivation to make a difference where you live. We do this through faith-based academic course work and clinical placements designed to help you reach your career goals.

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The best way to develop your craft as a service provider is through hands-on experience. In each of our degree programs, field experience is a vital part of your education, helping you learn in ways that cannot be replicated in the classroom. For our undergraduate students, that means hours spent observing professionals in a variety of settings. You’ll see the theories and ideas you learn in the classroom put to use helping clients with a wide variety of communication challenges. 

For graduate students, we have a system in place to help you individualize your final placements to ensure requirements are met. These placements can be secured in various regions of the country. Guided by our directors of clinical education and contracts manager,  we can help you design these placements around your career objectives. 

And finally, our faculty bring a diverse level of experience to your education, not only clinically but academically. They are prepared to guide you through the process of becoming an exceptional speech-language pathologist. 

Advisory Board

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisory Board at Samford University serves as an external advisory body providing essential advice, leadership, and support. Members of the Board have significant prominence in their respective careers and have been chosen for their value in providing sound counsel to the department. Advisory Board members include graduates of the university as well as persons who have been successful in their health-related career field.

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Continuing Education

Thursday, October 24 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

All Things Cleft and Craniofacial

Conducted by Children’s Hospital SLPs and Physicians

Location: Regions Community Resource Room (BSOB 400)

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Summer Camps

Speech Sound Disorders Camp

Offered by Samford University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Sound Disorders Camp is a specialty clinic for children with articulation disorders. The camp is open to children 3 years or older, and it lasts from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.

July 15-19
9a.m. - 12 p.m.
For children 3 years old and older where they attend for a 1 hour session each day.

Space is limited.
Applications accepted through June 1.

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Pirate Camp

Offered by Samford University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Pirate Camp is a speciality clinic for children having difficulty with the "R" sound. The camp is for rising 1st through 8th graders.

July 22-25
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:30 p.m., child will attend either morning or afternoon session. Intended for rising 1st graders through rising 8th graders.

Space is limited.
Applications accepted through June 1.

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Fluency Camp

Offered by Samford University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Fluency Camp is a speciality clinic for children ages 7 to 12 years old who stutter. The camp lasts from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day.

July 23-25
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. For children 7-12 years old.

Space is limited.
Applications accepted through June 1.

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