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Communication is interwoven into nearly every aspect of daily life, so much so that we rarely think twice about what it takes to speak a sentence or hear the lyrics to a song.

The Nicholls communicative disorders bachelor’s degree program prepares students for the rewarding opportunity to help individuals overcome problems related to speech, language and hearing. The Jo Carol Nolen Speech-Language and Hearing Center provides students with an opportunity to obtain hands-on experience helping various community members.

Scholarship Recipients Spring 2013 (2)

Students study language, speech and hearing disorders as well as their treatment. They also earn course credits by working directly with clients at the Jo Carol Nolen Speech-Language and Hearing Center on campus and at affiliated off-site facilities.

Upon successful completion of the program, students can work as a speech-language pathology assistant or complete a master’s or doctorate program to become a fully certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

David's Apple Team with COMD 330 Neuro Class

NSSHLA members with David Adams, Brittani Holland and Dr. Scott Rubin, who presented on Nov. 6, 2013, on David’s Apple, an aphasia advocacy group.




Rose Shuff of Aphasia with NSSHLA Spring 2013NSSHLA members with Rose Shuff and Tori Lay who presented on the Aphasia Advocacy Center in Lafayette on March 20, 2013.





Dr. Donna Fitzgerald – De Jean, COMD Program Director,  was recognized as LSHA Fellow for contributions to the field of SLP and service to LSHA at the annual convention on June 7, 2014.







Make a Difference

Get hands-on experience helping various community members — from a child with a speech delay to an adult with a stuttering problem — at the Jo Carol Nolen Speech-Language and Hearing Center. Clinical hours earned by communicative disorders majors can be applied toward hours needed for Louisiana state licensure and graduate training.

Why become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist?

You can make a difference by:

  • helping others with speech-language and hearing impairments,
  • serving community members and
  • making a positive difference in people’s lives.

You can also:

  • enjoy a career with academic and intellectual challenge,
  • contribute to the development of new techniques and use technology,
  • work as part of a team or work independently,
  • enjoy job flexibility with different work setting options and
  • earn a good living.

Learn more at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Web site.

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