Core Functions and Skills: Standards for Graduate Students

In 2022 the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPSCD) provided new guidelines for Core Functions. These core functions are categorized by area and describe skills that support success for students in communication sciences and disorders programs. These areas include communication, motor, sensory, intellectual/cognitive, interpersonal and cultural responsiveness. The skills include a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). They can be found on the CAPSCD website.

Every student is expected to possess the core functions required to undertake the full curriculum and achieve the levels of competence required by the program. Once enrolled, each student must quickly and accurately integrate all information received, perform in a reasonably independent manner, and demonstrate the ability to learn, analyze and synthesize information and data.

The program will provide reasonable accommodations for students, without compromise to the integrity of its curriculum.