What is Speech Language Pathology and Audiology?

The fields of Speech Pathology and Audiology are rewarding and stimulating and are consistently ranked amongst the hottest careers in the US.  Students in our major regularly comment on our enriching courses, dynamic and engaging professors, and supportive department services and staff.

A Speech-Language Pathologist (sometimes referred to as a Speech Therapist) is trained in prevention, diagnosis, habilitation and rehabilitation of speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders.

An Audiologist is trained to provide diagnostic hearing assessment and aural habilitation and rehabilitation services.

Employment as a Speech Pathologist Assistant requires a Bachelor’s degree and completion of an internship to qualify for a state license.  Employment as a Speech Pathologist requires a Master's degree, a credential or license and certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Employment as an Audiologist requires a doctoral degree.

​A Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology or Audiology can both prepare you for a career in Speech Pathology or Audiology and serve as a broad general education including courses in communication and language, anatomy and physiology and health services for children and adults.  Graduates pursue careers in speech pathology, audiology, counseling, health insurance industries, special education, disability law and hospital or school administration.


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