Why study Pre-Communication Sciences and Disorders?

This associate of science degree program at UC Blue Ash College is designed to prepare students for application to the bachelor's degree program in communication sciences and disorders (PCSD) offered by the University of Cincinnati's College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS).

The first two years of the communication sciences and disorders program can be completed at UC Blue Ash College. The final two years must be completed at the UC's Clifton Campus or a combination of Blue Ash and Clifton Campuses.

Students majoring in communication sciences and disorders prepare for professions to help people who have difficulty speaking and hearing due to a variety of causes. The study of communication disorders involves understanding the normal development of speech, language and hearing, as well as learning how to diagnose and treat communication disorders in adults and children.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all UC Blue Ash College students. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.


  • High school biology with a grade of "C" or better
  • Placement into English Composition I and College Algebra I on the Blue Ash College placement test
  • Students lacking these required prerequisites may take equivalent courses at Blue Ash College

Successful health care professionals must want to help others, be able work as part of a team, possess good verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and have a professional demeanor. 

A bachelor of science in communication sciences and disorders is a pre-professional degree that prepares students for graduate work in either audiology or speech/language pathology and a variety of other graduate experiences in social service, special education and health care. A master's degree is necessary for licensing and certification as a speech/language pathologist, and a doctoral degree is required for an audiologist. Graduates find careers in hospitals, speech and hearing clinics, schools, educational programs for children with disabilities, the armed services, private practice and government health agencies.

For more information on this program students may contact Julie Gill, the academic advisor, at julia.gill@uc.edu or 513.936.7162.

Graduates of the UC Blue Ash College's Pre-Communication Sciences and Disorders program may transition to the bachelor's degree program in communication and sciences disorders through the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS).

To graduate from the UC Blue Ash College PCSD associate degree program, students must complete all required coursework and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Graduates of the UC Blue Ash College PCSD program may apply for admission to the CSD program within the College of Allied Health Sciences. Students must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grand point average (GPA) in addition to a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all math and science courses in order to apply to the CSD program.

Students can transfer directly into the communication sciences and disorders program if they have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above. Students in the College of Allied Health Sciences and CSD program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered in good academic standing. It is advisable that students in the program maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4 to remain competitive for a graduate program in either speech/language pathology or audiology upon completion of their four-year degree.

The bachelor's degree program in communication sciences and disorders offers opportunity for dual admission to the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dual admission in the College of Allied Health Sciences allows high school seniors with outstanding academic performance to apply for and be accepted to both undergraduate and graduate school. This opportunity assures students admission into a top-quality graduate program while allowing students to experience college as a whole. Inquire at the college office about specific admission requirements to be considered for the dual admission program.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Julie Gill
9555 Plainfield Road
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 936-7162

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Program Code: 28ASC-PCSD28-AS