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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

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Advising Resources for Current & Prospective Students

Undergraduate Advising

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) conducts group advising and major orientation for students interested in changing their major or who would like to know more about our programs on a regular basis. Students and potential students should first attend one of these group sessions (follow lthe Group Advising Sessions ink below for information and scheules.) 

Following attendance to a group advising/orientation session (sees schedule on Group Advising Page linked below), additional one-on-one appointments may be scheduled with an undergraduate advisor by calling (916-278-4867) or stopping by the Department’s Front Desk at Folsom Hall, Room 2316. 

CSAD Career Path Advising Sessions

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) conducts group advising for Audiology, Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Langauge Pathology),  and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Career paths. (follow lthe Group Advising Sessions link below for information and scheules.) 

Master of Science Advising

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders students are required to:

  1. meet with the Graduate Coordinator at a minimum of one time per year academic year for individualized advising
  2. attend clinical orientations every semester
  3. regularly check CALIPSO for American Speech and Hearing Association Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) and clinical clock hours progression

Office Hours

Appointments for Office Hours for the instructors may be may be scheduled by calling (916) 278-4867 or stopping by the Department’s Front Desk at Folsom Hall, Room 2316.  For Office Hours with other instructors, please contact them individually.


Attend one of our group advising sessions, or make a one-on-one appointment by scheduling with:

Advisor Availability/Area
Dr. Celeste Roseberry-Mckibbin   B.S. (Unavailable during Summer/Winter sessions)
Dr. Robert Pieretti, Department Chair  B.S. and M.S. advsising (Limited availability during Summer/Winter sessions)
Dr. Heather Thompson  B.S. (Unavailable during Summer/Winter sessions)
Dr. Tonia Davis  B.S. (Unavailable during Summer/Winter sessions)
Dr. Lisa D'Angelo  B.S. (Unavailable during Summer/Winter sessions)
Dr. Aishah Patterson  B.S. (Unavailable during Summer/Winter sessions)
Dr. Laura Gaeta, Au.D.
Program Director
 Audiology (B.S.) and  Au.D. advising
Dr. Jane Grabowski, Au.D., Audiology Clinic Director   Audiology (B.S.) and  Au.D. advising
Dr. Darla Hagge,
Graduate Coordinator
 M.S. in CSAD (Unavailable during Summer/Winter sessions)

Registration Assistance Requests

Using The Online Request Form

  • Submit a separate form for each class for which you need assistance
  • Only one course/request may be submitted per form.
  • If you need to add/Swap/Drop multiple classes, submit a separate form for each class.
  • You will need to document  ALL course prerequisites on each form.
  • We can only assist you with CSAD courses. For courses in other departments, you will need to contact them directly.
  • Complete all appropriate sections of the form. If the form is incomplete, we will not be able to assist you.
  • When submitting your request, you will need to list multiple course sections in the order of preference. Failure to include more than one section may invalidate your request.


  • The Department is NOT able to process requests for admission into full/closed classes. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • The Department does NOT have waitlists for its courses.
  • ANY exceptions to prerequisites MUST be authorized via email by the department chair in consultation with the course instructor and the petitions committee.
  • DO NOT “CRASH” a course.
  • The Department is only able to process requests made during assigned registration times.
  • CSAD Registration Assistance Requests are processed in the order received, and may take 72 hours for processing.

Student Success Strategies

We want you to be successful in our major classes! Here are some resources and strategies to help you.

  • Smarthinking provides tutoring 24 hours a day. Chat with a live tutor, send a question to the tutors offline, have your writing reviewed, and more.
  • Peer and Academic Resource Center (PARC) offers tutoring services for students experiencing challenges with written assignments. Peer tutors are available to help you with academic and writing skills, with a special focus on grammar and mechanics of writing. You can call the center (916-278-6010) or drop in to make an appointment in Lassen Hall 2200.
  • The Reading and Writing Center is where students can receive assistance in writing and editing their own work.

Study Tips

  • Review each day’s lecture notes later that same day to aid retention.
  • Be sure to read the readings at least 3x and study them carefully. Make special note of boldface terms.
  • Study with other people.
  • Write material out in longhand with a pen. Research shows that this helps with long-term memory! It’s OK to type notes in class, but you’ll remember the information better if you physically write it out later.
  • Study a little every day rather than cramming at the last minute. Daily studying is best.
  • Remember, every course unit = 3 hours of studying. So for a 3-unit class, you’d study 9 hours a week.
  • Do the readings before class. You’ll understand the lecture a lot better!
  • Make up your own test questions, using the professor’s format. This is extremely helpful.
  • Make flashcards for key terms. You can use quizlet online, but handwritten flashcards aid memory the most. Carry these flashcards with you everywhere and study them at every opportunity. You’d be surprised at how “little moments” can add up!

Remember— in order to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders you need a minimum 2.5 GPA in the major.

Sacramento State Student Support Services

A variety of support services are available to students at Sacramento State, including but not limited to: