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ENMU CDIS Program Mission

The mission of the communicative disorders program is:

  • To meet the needs of the community and better serve individuals with communicative impairments by providing affordable, high quality diagnostic and rehabilitative services
  • To increase the number of competent therapy providers via graduating students with the:
    • Associate of Science in SLPA
    • Bachelor of Science in CDIS
    • Master of Science in CDIS, and...
  • To provide a comprehensive outcome-based education supplemented by active learning experiences, both on and off campus to CDIS students at ENMU.


Students obtaining the Associate of Science degree in SLPA are prepared to work as support personnel in the field of communication disorders.  Support personnel in speech-language pathology, or speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), perform tasks as prescribed, directed, and supervised by ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs). 

Students obtaining the Bachelor of Science degree in CDIS should be academically capable and show proficiency with pre-professional competencies (graduate program pre-requisite skills) in CDIS content areas, basic research, introductory clinical practice, and verbal/written presentation abilities. The comprehensive nature of the undergraduate program, with its emphasis on a broad theoretical foundation in normal and disordered human communication is to prepare students for graduate study in speech/language pathology and/or audiology.

Students obtaining the Master of Science degree in CDIS must demonstrate entry-level competence as defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accreditation policy and as specified by Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) learning outcomes. ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing organization for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The use of KASA learning outcomes as recommended by ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) demonstrates compliance with accreditation standards related to preparing students to meet ASHA certification requirements. The KASA learning outcomes link knowledge and skills area standards as specified by the CFCC with specific graduate curriculum knowledge and skills that must be acquired by the conclusion of the graduate program. The overall mission of the Graduate program in CDIS is to prepare students for national certification and licensure as practicing speech-language pathologists.



The Associate of Science in Speech Language Pathology Assisting is designed to:

  • Provide students with a foundational knowledge base in normal and disordered communication
  • Produce competent, certification eligible speech-language pathology assistants

The Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders is designed to:

  • Provide students with a general liberal arts education
  • Provide a basic foundation in normal communication processes
  • Provide a basic foundation in disordered communication
  • Provide students with fundamental training in the understanding, assessment, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders

The Master of Science in Communicative Disorders builds upon the undergraduate program with the following academic goals.  We aim to:

  • Produce skilled, certification eligible speech-language pathologists
  • Provide advanced training in communication development
  • Provide advanced training in disordered communication
  • Provide advanced training in assessment and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders (including swallowing disorders).
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills required by the New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology



The Associate of Science in Speech Language Pathology Assisting intends to:

  • Provide students with fundamental training in administration/documentation, ethics, universal safety precautions, patient/client/student confidentiality
  • Provide students with the technical skills necessary to deliver competent supervised speech-language therapy services to clients

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Communicative Disorders intends to:

  • Provide students with opportunities for clinical observation
  • Provide students clinical practicum opportunities
  • Provide students with sufficient classroom and clinical experiences to achieve all knowledge and skill outcomes as developed by the Program and in accordance with Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence.


Link to Our University Mission

Eastern New Mexico University combines a traditional learning environment with twenty-first century technology to provide a rich educational experience.  The CDIS program enhances this mission with its diversified learning formats – we offer both synchronous and asynchronous Mediasite courses, internet/WWW courses, and Blackboard/Canvas enhanced courses each semester.  We use Skype, Zoom, and several other live chat venues in our courses, and our students work together in combined teams comprised of both "in-seat" and distance education pupils using Google docs, etc. to complete in-class assignments, quizzes, presentations, and projects. Our courses also offer considerable flexibility in scheduling to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students through course offerings in the evenings, in summers, and in both 8 and 16 week formats.

Eastern emphasizes liberal learning, freedom of inquiry, cultural diversity and whole student life.  The ENMU CDIS program supports the tenets of the ENMU mission through advanced critical thinking and application tasks during applied learning and life activities, particularly those which work toward the understanding of communicative and cultural diversity (including the diversity of disability). We promote leadership through both individual and community pursuits during service learning, interprofessional education, and academic/clinical exercises.  Active learning takes place during case study, laboratory, and clinical practicum exercises, as does scholarship as students design and complete various data-gathering and research activities to improves services to the clients they serve. This enables our students to collect and analyze information efficiently, allowing our students to respond quickly and positively to changes that occur with individual clients, in workplace settings, and within the profession of speech-language pathology.  Our academic and clinical curricula prepare our students to work with a wide range of client/patient populations across the life span and from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds to address various types and severities of communication and/or related disorders, differences, and disabilities.  This prepares our students very well for careers, and also for advanced study should our students so desire. 


Link to our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mission

The CDIS mission likewise enhances that of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in providing courses with content that transcends a wide spectrum of the liberal arts and sciences. Courses address areas such as speech, language(s)/cultural diversity, anatomy/physiology, biology/genetics, acoustics and properties of sound, psychological principles, research, grammar composition/writing, public speaking, and community/client services. As CDIS graduates must provide autonomous services in community based settings, students completing our programs are well prepared for "on your feet" decision making and leadership roles within their occupational placements.


Link to our Graduate School Mission

The mission of the graduate program in CDIS supports that of the Graduate School in multiple ways. The program seeks to encourage research, independent thought, and intellectual/analytical growth by providing up-to-date instruction in the prevention, identification, evaluation, and remediation of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders. The intensive classroom and clinical educational experiences prepare students for state licensure and certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and ultimately, to secure successful careers in the field of speech-language pathology and to provide services to clients with communicative disorders.


ADA Compliance

Students, faculty, staff, and clients of the ENMU Communicative Disorders Program are treated equitably without regard to age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulation and executive orders, and we will not discriminate based on any category prohibited by applicable law.  All faculty, students, student clinicians, and licensed supervisors are bound by the ASHA Code of Ethics. 

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