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The Degree

The bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science does not prepare students to work professionally, but to go on to graduate school. Most states require that individuals entering the profession have a master's degree.

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists offer services which include identification, description, evaluation and remediation of all forms of speech, hearing and language problems in children and adults. Services are provided to persons with hearing loss, mental retardation, emotional disorders and language delay as well as those with aphasia, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, shuttering and voice disorders. Speech-Language pathologists and audiologists plan, direct, conduct or participate in habilitation or rehabilitation programs for speech, hearing and language disorders as well as provide counseling and guidance to those with such impairments. 

Employment Opportunities

The practice and work of speech-language pathologists and audiologists may take place in various settings: public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practice offices, state and local health departments, state and federal government agencies, home health agencies (home care) and long-term care facilities.

Admission/Prerequisites

Admission requires an overall 3.2.0 gpa and a B or higher in Csdi 2100 & Engl 3760 and a C or higher in Biol1050/1051, Phys 1050, Sped 2000, Psyc 1000, and Math 1065.

Although the minimum gpa requirement is currently a 3.0, this does not guarantee a student acceptance because admission to the program is competitive. The program accepts 30-35 students each year. The lowest gpa accepted for Fall 2014 is 3.45. The average gpa of accepted students was a 3.7.

Applications are due by March 31st each year for the next fall.

Applicants must be close to completing their 42 hours of Foundation Curriculum courses before applying.

Application for the program (Word doc)

Speech & Hearing Sciences Website